Sharee Samuels may seem like an average person.
She is a graduate student at Central Washington University, who is half the person she used to be -- literally.
Samuels struggled with her weight as a child.
Failed diet after failed diet, Samuels finally hit an all time low at age 17, weighing in at 256 pounds
"I was crushed, I felt like I let my mom down, like I had let both of my parents," said Samuels, "I was just so discouraged."
That's when things turned around.
Over the next 6 years, Samuels committed herself to fitness, switching to a vegan lifestyle, and dabbling in many types of exercises.
She now weighs 135 pounds, a 121 pound difference.
During her journey, she started a personal blog, called Funeral for My Fat, detailing her weight loss and offering tips for readers.
"My slogan is 'I wear black when I work out,' because it's a funeral for my fat," said Samuels.
Samuels' blog caught the attention of many national media outlets.
She was flown to New York, where she shared her story on Good Morning America this past Friday.
She is also featured on the front cover of the most recent issue of People Magazine.
For Samuels, it's a whirlwind of excitement and affirmation, for peers, it's inspiring.
"A lot of people struggle with their weight and don't feel good about the way they look," said rec health coordinator Shayne Wittkopp, "Sharee changed that, and she's just proof that you can do it, anyone can do it, anyone can change their life if they want to."
For those still struggling through the weight loss process, or even getting started, Samuels says to be prepared for a long journey.
"I's going to take a long time," said Samuels, "Pace yourself, be patient, celebrate those small victories because everything matters in the end."
To read Samuel's blog, click here.
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