- Jasmine Norman was 11 when she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism
- She began to gain weight rapidly as the condition slowed down her metabolism
- Tipping the scales at more than 140 kilos she sought comfort in junk food
- After going through a relationship break up she changed her life
- Lost 50 kilos in one year, now weighs 78 kilos and has begun weightlifting
She battled two health conditions, went through a relationship break down and survived a violent armed robbery.
But none of those things were enough to stop Jasmine Norman, who has undergone an incredible transformation after losing 62 kilos.
Jasmine's story began when she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a deficiency of thyroid hormones that can affect one's metabolism, at the age of 11.
The condition caused Jasmine, now 24, to rapidly gain weight in her teen years, and her weight crept up to more than 140 kilos as she began to seek comfort in junk food.
Jasmine Normal, 24, lost an incredible 62 kilos after going through a relationship break down and battling two medical conditions
Jasmine's incredible story begins when she was 11 years old and diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The thyroid hormone deficiency caused her to rapidly gain weight as a teen
'I just kept getting bigger and bigger, my thyroid levels never remained stable enough,' Jasmine told Daily Mail Australia.
'I wanted to go out and eat all the crap food like every teenager,' she added.
Jasmine, who lives in Adelaide, tried a number of diets, but became increasingly discouraged as she was forced to avoid the food that her friends loved.
Her self-esteem plummeted and she began to hide herself in oversized shirts, as well as jumpers and jeans - even in the summer.
Her weight only increased after she turned 18 and it was only after she went through an armed robbery, followed by a relationship break down that she finally felt able to change her life
Jasmine signed up for the MyFitnessPal app and began tracking everything she ate, limiting herself to up to 1,200 calories a day
She began going to the gym every day, hiking with her friends, and making sure she kept on top of what she was eating
It was only after Jasmine survived a violent armed robbery, followed by a relationship break down that she finally felt able to change her life.
That change started with her weight, the one thing she knew she could begin to 'control straight away'.
'I hadn't had a chance to be able to take care of myself for a very long time,' she said.
'That was the one thing I could do for me and my health, that was something I could do for myself and regain part of who I was again.'
Jasmine signed up for the MyFitnessPal app and began tracking everything she ate, limiting herself to up to 1,200 calories a day.
She began going to the gym every day, hiking with her friends, and making sure she kept on top of what she was eating.
Jasmine said she can now do things she was never able to do before, like going skydiving
Jasmine suffered a brief lapse after the first five months, but was motivated after she met a man, now her current boyfriend, online and set a date to meet him.
She lost the first 50 kilos in the eight months between March and November 2014, a far cry from the pre-diabetic girl who could finish a one litre tub of Cookies and Cream ice cream in one sitting.
Jasmine now tips the scale at 78 kilos and has reached her goal number, but has found herself facing a new battle.
After nearly halving her body weight, Jasmine has been left with excess skin that keeps her out of the clothes she once dreamed of wearing when she was heavier.
Jasmine (right) signed up for the MyFitnessPal app and began tracking everything she ate, limiting herself to up to 1,200 calories a day
'I don't believe it's a way of living if you don't enjoy your life,' she said
'I can't wear any skirts that are tight, because I'll have skin that will overhang,' she said.
'I don't have that typical body where I can wear a bikini and feel proud. I have to hold my posture in a certain way so that if I wear anything that shows my stomach, no skin rolls or wrinkles hang down.'
'As soon as I sit down, it's a lump. It's something that makes me feel very unsexy about myself.'
Jasmine spent $8,000 on a skin tightening surgery and although it helped, much of the excess skin still remains.
But after nearly halving her body weight, Jasmine has been left with excess skin that keeps her out of the clothes she once dreamed of wearing when she was heavier
And now Jasmine is hoping she can inspire other women to always believe in themselves and put themselves first - just like she has learned how to
She is now trying to raise money through a GoFundMe campaign to afford a tummy tuck, which she was told by her plastic surgeon was the only way to get rid of it for good.
Jasmine is hoping that the surgery will help her finally regain 'a lot of the youth that I lost'.
'It'll make me feel proud of where I've come from, to be able to show off what I want to show off,' she said.
'I won't ever get to see the full fruits of my labour until that skin is gone.'
But Jasmine is still working hard to maintain her new healthy lifestyle, weightlifting with her partner at the gym, and being very conscious of what she eats.
She was recently diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that can also affect weight, and now sticks to a low-carb diet to maintain it.
And Jasmine allows her diet to be flexible now, making sure she can still enjoy the holidays and treat herself.
'I don't believe it's a way of living if you don't enjoy your life,' she said. 'You just need to get back on track afterwards to lose those Christmas kilos.'
Jasmine is still working hard to maintain her new healthy lifestyle, weightlifting with her partner at the gym, and being very conscious of what she eats
Jasmine still gets nervous when she starts to gain a bit of weight, worried that the severe hypothyroidism she's gotten under control has suddenly crept up again.
But she is also enjoying the new opportunities that shedding the kilos have offered, including finally getting to go skydiving as well as motivating those around her.
And now Jasmine is hoping she can inspire other women to always believe in themselves and put themselves first.
'I spent years putting myself down, putting myself second, never actually believing I could do anything, that it was never going to happen to me,' she said.
'The best thing I could do is to give that to someone who didn't think they could do it. I'm proof that you can. It's hard, but you definitely can.'
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