A few years ago, Christine Carter was horribly insecure and drowning her life in food, but now she's reached a point of self-confidence and happiness—oh, and she lost 150 pounds against her ex's ill-meaning wishes.

"I had eaten myself into an unrecognizable state," Carter told Us Weekly. Each month, she'd spend as much as $2,000 to fuel her binge eating. Then in 2014, Carter finally got over feeling like crap all the time. Following a humiliating family reunion, Carter received a gastric sleeve.

Despite the weight loss surgery, it was only when she dedicated herself to a healthier lifestyle that the changes in her 5'5" body were more evident. Now, after undergoing surgery to remove excess skin and staying committed to her health, Carter is content. Here's Carter rocking the same bikini before and after her weight loss

Carter, speaking with the Daily Mail, discussed the one person in her life who wasn't so into her weight loss: her boyfriend, who resented Carter for shedding the pounds. "My ex was very controlling, told me what to wear and I believe he wanted me to be fat so that I wouldn't leave him," she said. "[M]y ex became very insecure and jealous and I gained the confidence to see that I was not in a healthy relationship and needed to get out." Basically, her boyfriend was intimidated by a successful woman. 

You can tell just by looking at the photos how much happier Carter is without that excess baggage:

Though we encounter many defeats-we must remain undefeated. Enjoy this beautiful day!

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Oh yeah, and the weight loss looks great, too.