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Shoutout to our #1upnutrition Ambassador Jeraldine @jeraldineo on her amazing transformation and everything she has accomplished along the way!
Please read her story 👇
“Fitness hasn't always been a part of my life. I grew up being what most people would consider as thick. Because of my genetics, I always had thicker legs and hips than most girls my age and this caused me to start struggling with body image and self-esteem issues from a very young age. My lower body made me feel very insecure about myself and the social pressure to be thin eventually drove me to do everything I could to get skinny. I spent several years running every morning and severely under eating and although I did manage to lose weight this way, I didn’t really look fit. I was physically smaller but there was no muscle tone. It was a very unhealthy and unsustainable way to live. Instead of feeling better about myself, I only became obsessed with eating as little as possible and watching the scale.
As years went by, my fitness goals started to change. I started to understand that beauty does not come from what the scale says and I slowly started to accept the fact that my body was meant to be thicker than most girls. Instead of being obsessed with my weight, I began focusing on becoming a healthier and stronger person. I understood that I could not change my genetics but I could work with what I had so I started lifting weights and eating more to build muscle and even though I am heavier now I look and feel better than ever. Now I teach women to love themselves and to love their bodies. If I could give anyone a single piece of advice it would be to never give up on yourself. With hard work and consistency everything is possible. We all start somewhere, don’t get discouraged by what you see on social media. We all have our own journeys. Some started sooner than others and that’s okay. Love the process and focus on you!”