With two surgeries and a 92kg weight loss behind her, Aucklander Simone Anderson is looking forward to a life of new opportunities.
Her incredible weight loss story started in August 2014, when she committed to a diet and exercise programme and dropped 20kg. Two months later, she underwent gastric sleeve surgery and, seven months post-op, she had lost half of her body weight - 84kg.
Late last year, she travelled to the US for further surgery, this time to remove the excess skin she was left with following her dramatic weight loss.
Almost two years on from taking the first step towards health, she spoke to the Herald about setting goals, staying active, and the new man in her life.