This viewer lost 60 pounds using this 28-minute workout series: 'It basically changed my life'

What would YOU do if you finally met the person who inspired you (without even knowing it!) to lose 60 pounds in a year and jumpstart a more healthy lifestyle?

Well, when we helped Emma -- a teacher from Richmond, Virginia -- do just that, she was beside herself.

Let's start at the beginning of Emma's story, though.

When she started college, she had stopped playing sports and wasn't working out regularly. And once she got married, that didn't change.

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"After you get married," she explains, "you're comfortable, you're happy and you're just not really paying attention to those sorts of things."

It wasn't until she saw a photo of herself shortly after tying the knot that inspired her to make a change.

"It just clicked," Emma says.

Related: Celeb transformations 

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Mama June in 2017

The "Honey Boo Boo" star documented her weight loss journey on her very own reality show! She is now down to a size 4 -- and she looks incredible!

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Mama June in 2013

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Khloe Kardashian in 2012

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Khloe Kardashian in 2016

Hard work does pay off! The youngest Kardashian sister is obsessed with exercising and documents all her workout sessions on social media.

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Lena Dunham in 2015

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Lena Dunham in 2017

The "Girls" star lost a significant amount of weight after going on a holistic diet to help alleviate symptoms of endometriosis. 

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Wendy Williams in 2012

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Wendy Williams in 2017

The TV personality revealed in 2015 that she lost 50 pounds over the course of three years with a healthy diet that doesn't include refined sugars, meat, dairy or "eating after dark." It looks like she's been committed to the strict diet. She looks better than ever in 2017!

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Ricki Lake in 2010

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Ricki Lake in 2011

The actress lost 20 pounds when she appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2011.

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Jordin Sparks in 2008

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Jordin Sparks in 2017

Hard work pays off! "American Idol" alum began her weight loss journey by walking around her neighborhood and the rest was history! Her favorite workout? Zumba.

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Sara Rue in 2003

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Sara Rue in 2016

The "Rules of Engagement" star is a total fan of Jenny Craig for its simplicity. She looks incredible and totally glowing!

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Jonah Hill in 2014

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Jonah Hill in 2017

Talk about a transformation! Hill has lost weight and gained weight through the years -- depending on the movie he's working on -- but his latest transformation is absolutely jaw-dropping.

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Christina Aguilera in 2012

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Christina Aguilera in 2013

Smoke show! The songstress dropped 20 pounds over the course of one year. Doesn't she look incredible?!

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Miranda Lambert in 2012

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Miranda Lambert in 2013

The country crooner slammed critics who accused her of having weight loss surgery. She revealed that she dropped the pounds the old-fashioned way -- eating right and working out with her trainer!

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So, she joined a gym and embarked on a 6-week program with a trainer -- but once the trainer was gone, so was her motivation.

"I felt lost in the gym by myself," the teacher explains.

(We hear that, Emma!)

That's when one of her friends introduced her to fitness guru, Kayla Itsines.

"[It] basically changed my life," Emma says of Kayla's 12-week Bikini Body Guide, which consists of 28-minute workouts.

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"I really like Kayla's program because it gave me structure," she continues of the virtual workouts, "but it also gave me the freedom to choose where and when I did the workouts."

In fact, she loved the program so much that she hasn't stopped doing it!

And now, she has the energy to play tennis and hike with her husband. Amazing!

"We are truly enjoying that active lifestyle," Emma says.

Next up for her? Running a half marathon! đź’Ş

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Watch the video above to see Emma meet the woman who inspired her to get to this point.

(Spoiler alert: Kayla sneaks up behind Emma and surprises her -- and it's amazing!)

Related: Foods you can snack on and not gain weight 

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Popcorn

Calories per air-popped cup: 30

If it's not smothered in buttered, doused in seasoning or salt, popcorn makes for a great snack. If air-popped, the light, low-calorie snack can be a good source of fiber, without the cholesterol. Plus, it's considered a whole grain! 

Celery

Calories per stalk: 6

Since celery is mostly water, the fibrous plant has been known to offer many health benefits.  

Cottage cheese

Calories per 1 cup: 222
Calories per 1 cup, low-fat: 163

A great source of calcium and vitamins, cottage cheese is a go-to snack for many looking to maintain their weight. High in protein (28 grams in 1 cup of low-fat) it's recommended highly by nutritionists and athletes. The calcium-packed snack will help you feel full as it is "associated with metabolic processes that reduce fat accumulation and accelerate fat loss," according to Authority Nutrition.

Blueberries

Calories per cup: 85

The fruit is low in saturated fat, is a great source of antioxidants and dietary fiber -- and thus, can be a healthy snack for those looking to maintain or even lose weight.

Grapefruit

With only 52 calories in half of the fruit, the citrus makes for a refreshing breakfast or snack. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, the fruit is known to boost metabolism and lower insulin levels -- thus, actually burning fat! 

Chicken and other lean meats 

Calories in 3 oz of skinless chicken: 142 calories

A healthy source of protein, chicken helps fill you up while giving you energy. Fried chicken doesn't count! 

Quinoa

Calories in 1 cup, cooked: 222

Not only can quinoa help you maintain your weight, but it can help you lose weight as well. Packed with iron and a plethora of amino acids, it can help you say lean and full. 

Salmon 

Calories in a 3 oz serving: 120

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods out there, packed with nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin D. It'll also fill you up, without making you crash. 

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