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This woman was accused of 'faking' her weight loss photos - her response is going viral

“Every 5am start, every single workout, tear, crying fit – it’s all been worth it.”

A WOMAN WHO lost over 13 stone in under a year has hit back at the people who accused her of ‘faking’ her before and after photos.

Simone Anderson, a hairdresser from New Zealand, went from 26st to 13st over the past 11 months and documented the process on her Facebook page.

I am officially half the person I was 11 months ago! From 169kg to 83.85kg, I can't even begin to explain in words what this accomplishment feels like. I set my self a goal that seamed so far out of reach at the time but I have stuck to it and with a lot of determination, will power, drive, motivation & compromise I have achieved my goal. Proud doesn't even begin to describe this feeling! Every 5am start, every single workout, tear, crying fit has all been worth it! From a BMI of 51.6 to 25.6. Now by no means does this mean my journey is over, from here I am setting my self many more goals, from maintenance, to toning, to increasing weights at the gym, half marathon to full marathon, more ocean swims and more sporting teams. This is just the beginning of a brand new and improved me, one who won't let anything or anyone get in the way of achieving what ever I decide to put my mind to. COME AT ME WORLD!!!! Source: simone_anderson

Tonight I have @beccakfoster 25th! I always feel like a boss when I wear a jumpsuit haha My jumpsuit is @topshop_nz, bag, bangle and earrings are @asos and shoes are from @andreabianishoes. Source: simone_anderson

Some people began to accuse Anderson of ‘faking’ her before and after photos, pointing to supposed differences in the colour of her hair, her skin, and even the shape of her ears in the ‘before’ picture – so Anderson hit back by sharing a photo of the loose skin that came with her massive weight loss.

Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people exactly what happened so to be called a ‘fake’ hurt a lot. And then when it came to posting about my loose skin, well that was equally as tough.

“So here we go, I hope this helps all the non-believers.”

I don't no why but every single comment that called me out for being fake and a liar really bothered me far more than it should. I think it's because it took hours of crying and debating whether to share my story online and for others to see, posting the first picture online along with my weight for the world to see what the hardest thing I have ever done. Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people it exactly as it's happened so to be called a fake hurt a lot. And then when it came to posting about my lose skin well that was equally as tough. So here we go I hope this helps all the non believers - my face uncovered, yes my hair and eyebrows are a different colour as I'm going back to blonde, yes I have changed my phone from Samsung to apple and have moved house so the background has changed (it has been 11 months people, things change!), my skin colour varies in every single post as I get a spray tan once a week on a Thursday and often change the depth of the colour I get depending on what event I have that weekend, yes I have lose skin and stretch marks but I don't feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online, I have shared my excess skin picture before so if you had bothered to click on my page you would have seen it and as for my ears changing in appearance?! Well I can't see that haha so who the hell knows!!! Maybe weight changes ears lol. Hope this helps :D now lost 85.7 GO ME! Source: simone_anderson

I’ve been left with a large amount of excess skin on my stomach… I’ve been at the gym nearly daily in the hope of toning up as I lost weight, and for my legs and arms this worked but unfortunately my stomach was far too stretched to ever recover.

Anderson says she’s looking into surgery to get the excess skin removed, so she can start to “live” in the body she has “worked so hard to get back”.

She started a crowdfunding page to help cover the costs of the surgery – so far, over $2000 NZD has been donated.

She writes: “Every 5am start, every single workout, tear, crying fit – it’s all been worth it.”

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