Two years ago, Aubrey Johansen weighed 350 lbs and was told she had 15 years to live, which would be fine if she were pushing 80. At the time, however, Johansen was only 23, and she was dealing not only with the health effects of her weight but also with the societal backlash. An aspiring singer, she was rejected from a singing program due to her body weight (which is lame).
Johansen told the Daily Mail that the program's rejection, coupled with stern words from her doctor, compelled her to get serious about her health. In October 2014, she underwent gastric bypass surgery and has since lost 159 pounds. But Johansen didn't rely on the surgery alone: the professional chef started eating better and working out.
"'I have more energy and I feel more positive," she said. However, it isn't all sunshine and crop tops for Johansen.
Her major weight loss has resulted in excess skin that she is not happy with.
"It's terrible because you don't feel attractive," she said of the remnants of her former weight.
"Some days I feel I was more beautiful before, so it's a real mental battle." At this point, Johansen intends to remove the skin sometime in the future.
"It affects going to the beach in a bikini, even taking my clothes off in front of my girlfriend. I just don't feel proud."
Despite not feeling too proud of her excess skin, Johansen freely flaunts it on Instagram, showing others the reality of drastic weight loss (which includes a much bigger smiler if you're Johansen).