One year ago Lakeisha Shurn weighed 348 pounds. She admitted that she had low self-esteem and was depressed.

“And I want to change all of that,” Shurn said in a YouTube video. “For the next 100 days, I will be on the journey of losing weight and finding myself.

“I always thought of myself as someone who was unattractive or who was not fit to be married or have kids. I have a lot of friends that are moving in life and doing a lot of great things and I’m happy for them, but I still feel that I’m kind of stuck. I want you to see how one person really changes everything about their life,” she said.

100 days at the gym

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Fast forward: Shurn lost 51 pounds since the start of 2013, 18 pounds of which were lost in a 100-day period. Now, it’s not a staggering number like the Texas man who lost 300 pounds in 18 months, but Shurn presents a realistic — and proud — example of what a bit of commitment can do.

It wasn’t always easy though.

“It is pouring cats and dogs … outside, but I’m going to go to the gym,” Shurn said, overcoming an excuse that many would have otherwise used to stay home. “I’m going to go work my butt off.”

The rewards came when Shurn saw results. She expressed excitement when she was “out of the 300 club” and at the end showed she lost two pant sizes.

And she showed off with a proud smile “something that I could not a couple of months ago but I can do now.”

100 days at the gym

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Ultimately, Shurn wrote, “I found love in myself.”

Watch Shurn’s inspirational video:

Shurn’s video is a spinoff of the viral video of a woman teaching herself how to dance in a year. This woman started the “Give It 100″ challenge, which encourages people to practice something for 100 days.

(H/T: Blaze reader Orion H.)