Have you been indulging in a little too much eggnog or having one too many Christmas cookies lately? Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to lose some weight. Well, if you’re looking for some healthy inspiration, meet 26-year-old Laura Micetich.

At just 22, Laura weighed 314 lbs and was developing multiple chronic medical conditions. She already had issues with an underactive thyroid, high blood pressure, and was told she was very close to becoming prediabetic.

The health scare was enough to make Laura realize that she had to make a change. At the time, her plan was to crash diet to lose enough weight in order to become a safe candidate for weight loss surgery. However, that surgery never happened.

“After trying and failing to get a handle on my health numerous times, my weight had become a serious enough concern that I was considering weight loss surgery,” Laura revealed. 

The plan was to take part in a temporary 30-day diet that involved cutting all junk food from her life. Laura only ate lean proteins and green vegetables. She cut out processed foods and alcohol entirely, and included some exercise at least five days a week.