Here on the internet, where many of us virtually live, there’s little we love more than a good tale of transformation. Whether it’s through the use of clever make-up and camera angles to achieve a gorgeous face, or whether it’s a full-body overhaul, there’s something uplifting about living vicariously through other people’s success stories.

Today we’d like to share with you the tale of one woman in China who transformed herself from couch potato to fitness instructor in just three years, losing almost half her body weight in the process.

The unnamed woman from China originally weighed close to 100 kilos (220 pounds), but over the course of three years managed to whittle herself down to just 50 kilos (110 pounds). While not too much is known about her, it seems that she managed to lose weight responsibly through exercise and upping her personal fitness, and while sudden weight loss can be just as unhealthy as sudden weight gain, with three years to do it in, it sounds like she went about her weight-loss programme fairly sensibly.

Apparently, the young woman now works as a fitness instructor and has been hailed as a “goddess of fitness” in her native China.

▼ This gallery of “before” photos shows a happy-looking young woman with full, round cheeks, and an understated style.

▼ This side-by-side comparison shows a completely different-looking young woman in both weight, dress, and posture.

▼ She certainly looks much fitter and stronger now.

▼ Hard at work in her new environment. We kinda want to take her class.

It’s not just her body that’s been improved, though – she also appears to have put a great deal of effort into her makeup and hair, as well. We wonder what prompted her to make such a drastic change to her appearance.

While it would be nice if we could all just be accepted the way we are, that’s not really the world we live in. And sometimes making a big change can do wonders for our mental and physical wellbeing (it beats eating potato chips on the couch and feeling crummy about yourself, after all.) What do you think of her transformation?

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