This Inspiring Widow Turned Her Life Around With a Selfie-a-Day for a Year

We’re frequently being reminded that selfies are the scourge of modern society.

If someone isn’t risking life and limb to get the perfect shot, they’re killing a rare baby dolphin in their quest to do it.

So it’s refreshing to hear a positive story about the much maligned self-portrait.

A widow from California had put on weight from her comfort eating habits following the suicide of her husband last February. When her weight reached 313 pounds and family encouraged her to go to the gym, a bereaved Justine McCabe decided to take them at their word.

The 31-year-old mother of two took a selfie every day for a year to track her weight loss – a staggering 124 pounds in 12 months.

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“Having a loved one commit suicide and being in the aftermath of that is one of the most fearful, awful things you can go through,” McCabe told Caters News Agency.

“The death of my husband shook me awake and made me realise I needed to make a lot of changes. After having time to re-evaluate my life while working out, I came to the conclusion I needed to pursue my dreams and tackle my fears – I needed to truly live.”

She also talked about how challenging it was to take the selfies, especially in the beginning when she looked so broken. But if she ever doubted herself or didn’t feel like going to the gym, all she had to do was look at her photos and see how far she had come.

Her story is a testament to anyone who ever says they’re too preoccupied to work out and get fit, or make positive changes in their lives. Best of all, this inspiring lady didn’t just lose weight – she transformed her whole outlook on life.

Since she began the project, McCabe has developed a sense of adventure; cliff-jumping, parasailing and flying to Paris.

You can follow her blog for more doses of inspiration, in which she talks of how she chose to live in a way that would make her husband and children proud.