In May 2015, at the young age of 25, Carly Bernard was bedridden. She wasn't dealing with anything more than a routine ankle fracture — but when she tried to use her crutches, she wasn't able to support her 407-pound body.
Bernard had been overweight since childhood and tried her fair share of crash diets over the years, but the ankle fracture was the motivation she needed to make a change. Once she was fully recovered from the fracture, she started her weight-loss journey by joining Weight Watchers and getting a personal trainer.
Exercising felt almost impossible at first ("I could barely do five minutes on the StairMaster," she told TODAY), but she slowly but surely built up her strength. She also cut out soda and fast food, which helped her quickly drop the first 50 pounds.
Now 27 years old and down an impressive 183 pounds, Bernard works out six days a week: She lifts weights for an hour for three days and does cardio for an hour for the other three. Today, she's pleasantly surprised by what her body can do: "I used to get out of breath just walking down the street," she said. "It's weird; I have so much more energy."
Bernard, who documents her progress on Instagram, says she wants to lose more weight. But she also doesn't have any particular "goal weight" in mind — for her, it's less about the number on the scale and more about embracing a healthy lifestyle.
"It's a life-long journey, not a quick fix, and you need to enjoy it," she told TODAY. "Don't be afraid to try new things. Enjoy the journey!"