Pierra Makena has lost a significant amount of weight slowly but gradually.
Sharing her before and after pictures got many inspired and shocked but she says it has not been an easy journey.
The mother to a four-year-old daughter shared this on her YouTube channel during a live segment to encourage those struggling with excess weight.
"BEFORE PREGNANCY I WAS 50-52 KGS BUT AT SOME POINT I WAS FEELING ALITTLE DEPRESSED SO AT 3 MONTHS I WAS WEIGHING 49 KGS. MY DOCTOR WAS GETTING WORRIED BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE losing WEIGHT WHILE PREGNANT.
I WOULD TRY AND EAT BUT NOTHING WORKED FOR ME, AT THE TIME. EVEN WHEN I DELIVERED I WAS STILL NOT GAINING WEIGHT."
She explained how being fed by her family who wanted to show her support led to the weight gain.
"AFTER I GAVE BIRTH, THREE MONTHS LATER I WAS STILL NOT GAINING WEIGHT YET I NEEDED TO PRODUCE ENOUGH MILK FOR THE BABY. THAT IS WHEN MY MUM AND SISTERS POPPED AT MY HOUSE AND I WAS OVERFED. MY BABY STARTED FEEDING WELL BUT MY CLOTHES COULD NOT FIT. AS A FIRST TIME MOTHER I PANICKED WHEN I STARTED GAINING WEIGHT." SHE SAID
This is when the trolls started body shaming her, calling her all sorts of names that soon after led to depression.
‘"I ATTENDED AN EVENT AND I WAS ALL OVER THE NEWSPAPERS BEING TROLLED. I BECAME DEPRESSED BECAUSE I WAS EVEN BEING CALLED AN ELEPHANT. BUT LUCKILY FOR ME, MY FAMILY WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE. WHAT I LEARNT IS, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT YOU. LATER ON I LEARNT THAT I NEEDED TO LOVE AND APPRECIATE MYSELF."
Pierra Makena worked on her weight silently, listened to her body and now she is 29kgs down but still wants to lose a few more kgs and she will be okay.
Her story was not to pressure anyone to lose weight but to encourage anyone who is struggling that it will always work outwith a little bit of patience.
She emphasized that one needs to love how they look because that is who they are and should not succumb to unnecessary external pressure.
Check out her transformation below: