A young woman made the decision to drastically change her unhealthy lifestyle after her dying grandfather begged her to lose weight - and she has since shed a staggering 125lbs.
Jessica Reid, a waitress from Phoenix, Arizona, tipped the scales at 284lbs when her granddad Robert Cross told her his dying wish.Learn more about Jessica Reid's inspiring weight loss journey:
Per SWNS, the veteran, who died at the age of 95, strongly encouraged his 25-year-old granddaughter to lose the weight and better her prospects in life.
Robert had never mentioned his grandaughter's weight because he was aware that it was something she was sensitive about. But on his deathbed, he felt he had to say something - and that ultimately inspired Jessica to change her life beyond recognition.[[imagecaption|| Credit: SWNS screenshot]]
When her grandfather gave his dying wish, Jessica weighed 284lbs and now weighs 160lbs. She went from a size 18 to a size 6.[[imagecaption|| Credit: SWNS screenshot]]
She explains that prior to her dramatic transformation, food was a major part of her life.
Eating out on a regular basis with her family, Jessica's days revolved around food.[[imagecaption|| Credit: SWNS screenshot]]
She recalls eating often living on a diet of 'Shirley Temples', chicken fingers and other unhealthy foods.
Sadly, the young woman dealt with bullying and abuse from other children due to her appearance. It had gotten so severe that Jessica had even had her Facebook account hacked by the bullies, who went onto say nasty things about her.[[imagecaption|| Credit: SWNS screenshot]]
The waitress recalls how bullies would call her a 'cow' and tell her to lose weight which made her increasingly anxious about stepping on the scales.
Jessica's weight problem began to spiral out of control when she turned 21 and began drinking calorific cocktails.[[imagecaption|| Credit: SWNS screenshot]]
It was only in May of 2016, when her beloved grandfather passed away, that the now-25-year-old realised she had to make a change - if not for herself, then for her grandpa. Jessica slowly but surely weaned herself off the unhealthy foods she consumed on a daily basis.
And after losing her first 10lbs, she enrolled at a Bootcamp in Yuma, Arizona, where she lived at the time, and became involved in CrossFit.[[imagecaption|| Credit: SWNS screenshot]]
These days, Jessica works out three to four times a week and lives on a much more nutritious diet, allowing herself just one cheat meal a week.