Starting healthy habits is tough at any age, but one woman has transformed her body and her life by picking up a dedicated fitness routine, and now, she’s unrecognizable.

Joan MacDonald has gone viral over the past week for an unbelievable transformation photo that shows what she looked like three years ago and what she looks like today, sharing some inspirational words of wisdom alongside it:

3 years ago I began this long, slow journey and now I realize that there really isnโ€™t any end to it.
Each day I move in a direction based on my choices.
Each month is a new milestone.
Each year I seem to have changed so completely I think I canโ€™t change any more and yet I do.๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
At this point, I truly realize that we are limitless.
At any moment we can make a decision to change.
No matter how difficult or challenging life is, we must remain steadfast in our aim and keep inching forward.
When I got started I never imagined Iโ€™d be where I am today. I just wanted to get my health back and get off my medication.
Each door we step through leads to another door and then another.
I hope you all keep choosing to grow! To learn to love yourself, take the best care of yourself, and dare to dream and love with your whole heart again.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

The Ontario native used to weigh around 200 lbs, and according to CTV, she was on several different high blood pressure medications, with her doctors wanting to put her on even more. Joan enlisted the help of her daughter, who’s a physique transformation coach, to learn more about proper diet and exercise. In six months, she’d lost about 45 lbs. And she didn’t stop there.

Now, Joan is more than just a weight loss success story — she’s an inspirational figure motivating people to get fit at any age. She’s also Instagram-famous, having amassed 445k followers to date. Fitness is her lifestyle now, and she’s stronger than many people half her age!

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