Nina Gibson weighed 280 pounds when she went to her doctor and was diagnosed as morbidly obese.
It was at that moment the 48-year-old Californian knew she had to change something.
She told the "Today" show,
I went from too much fast food and ice cream all the time to eating stuff like salmon and spinach. And I love spinach!
Gibson, as with anyone new to working out, was terrified of being judged at the gym.
Personally, I hate going to the gym for two reasons: I am lazy, and I am very afraid someone is going to make fun of me.
But Gibson found support in an unlikely source: following Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on social media.
When I was in the gym, it was really hard for me to do the strength training. I just couldn't get into it. The Rock definitely motivated me with strength training.
It's hard not to be motivated by People's Sexiest Man Alive. I take one innocent glance at his rippling pecs, and I am overcome with the urge to... workout.
Gibson dropped from a size 26 to a size 8, losing 115 pounds.
If you don't think that is wild, that is the equivalent of losing a whole 5'2" me in freshman year of high school.
Johnson was so pumped that his social media helped inspire Gibson that he sent her a personal video congratulating her. He said,
I just heard the great news that you lost over 100 lbs. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you, I'm proud of you. That's so awesome… I heard in some way I helped motivate that. I appreciate that, thank you, and keep up the great work.
Chill, The Rock. You don't even have to lift heavy things. There are machines who do that for humans now, I assume.
The heaviest thing I have lifted in days is my own body during a hangover.