When we were on vacation in Mexico a few weeks ago, it was the first time I had worn a bathing suit in a long time, and it had been even longer since I wore a bathing suit without a cover up. I was nervous to take my cover up off and to walk into the pool or walk on the beach. I still felt like that same 500 pound girl...then it happened. A couple sitting by the pool started laughing and pointing at me and making fun of me as soon as I took my cover up off. So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool. That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore. Yes I still have a lot of loose skin, I may still feel insecure at times, and yes I may still get made fun of. To be honest, yes it bothered me. But I was not going to let people like that affect me anymore! I am not going to let what other people think of me stop me from living my life. They do not know me. They do not know how I have worked my ass off to lose 350 pounds. They do not know how I am recovering from major surgeries. They have no right to sit and point and laugh at me. That's why I smiled. It does not matter what others say or if they try to doubt you or try to bring you down. What matters is how you react to it. How you feel about yourself. Loving yourself just the way you are is hard. Others might not like that. That's ok. I hope you love yourself. Love your body. I hope you keep doing you and just keep smiling! . . . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #effyourbeautystandards #selfloveclub #selflove #lovemybody #lovemyshape #loveyourself #teamself #extremeweightloss #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlossmotivation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #wlstories #onaquest #bodybuildingcom #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #bodyposi #transformationfitnation #motivationmonday #mondaymotivation #fitfam #fitspo #bodytransformation #igtransformations #transformationjourney
A few weeks ago, Jacqueline was enjoying herself on vacation in Mexico. Having used to weigh over 500 pounds, she was feeling really confident and proud of herself for losing 350 pounds and getting her health on track. This was the first time in a long time that she put on a bathing suit, so she was naturally experiencing some hesitation about wearing it in public.
Then something terrible happened, and Jacqueline wrote about it in an Instagram post. "A couple sitting by the pool started laughing and pointing at me and making fun of me as soon as I took my cover-up off," she wrote. "So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled, and walked into the pool."
This was no easy feat for Jacqueline. Having to face body shaming is something nobody should ever have to experience, especially when they're happy with how they're feeling and looking. But Jacqueline handled the situation with grace and strength.
Hi! My name is Jacqueline! When I was at my heaviest I was over 500 pounds. It was hard to do anything and I definitely was not living the life I wanted. I was unhappy, felt stuck and did not love myself. Finally I decided enough was enough and I took control back of my life. As of today I have lost over 300 pounds. I am also in the process of having excess skin removal surgery. My journey was far from easy. It was filled with many ups and downs. It took hard work, sacrifice and never giving up, even if it was challenging. It took blood, lots of sweat and many tears. But I would not have changed a thing. It taught me to fight. It taught me to never give up. And most importantly it taught me to believe in myself! My journey is still far from over, and I still have a long way to go but I can honestly say I am doing so much better! Along my journey I did not only lose a lot of weight, but I gained my life back! There is no stopping me now! It's never too late to fly! . . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #effyourbeautystandards #selflove #lovemybody #lovemyshape #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlossmotivation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #extremeweightloss #wlstories #onaquest #bodybuilding #bodytransformation #bodybuildingcom #poparmy #transformation #transformationfitnation #trainlikeabeastlooklikeabeauty #transformationtuesday #tuesdaytransformation #fit #fitspo #igweightloss #fattofit #naturalweightloss #fitfam
"That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore," she wrote. "Yes I still have a lot of loose skin, I may still feel insecure at times, and yes I may still get made fun of." Even if the cruelty did bother her a little bit, Jacqueline wasn't going "to let people like that affect me anymore! I am not going to let what other people think of me stop me from living my life." Preach!
Jacqueline went on to say that those people have no idea what kind of journey she's been on, and they have no idea that she's "recovering from major surgeries." She's not afraid to share with her Instagram followers — she has more than 45,000! — that she has gotten skin removal done and a lower and upper body lift. "They do not know how I have worked my ass off to lose 350 pounds. They have no right to sit and point and laugh at me," she continued.
Sometimes it does help to look back to see just how far you have come. It reminds you of how much progress you have made! That is really the only time I look back. Being back at the gym again is a weird feeling. This time it has been really hard not only physically but mentally to go back. It is hard to have to modify everything but it is also hard for me to physically keep going because I am so tired and in pain. I am constantly reminding myself to take it one day at a time. I find myself giving myself the same pep talks I did when I was over 500 pounds. You can do it. You will succeed. This will not last forever. No matter where you are on your journey, it's ok if it is hard. Just take it one day at a time. Never give up. Focus on how far you have come! Make small changes that you can carry with you for the rest of your life! Enjoy the process!! Push yourself a little more each day! And only look back to see how far you have come! . . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #workouts #workoutwednesday #workoutmotivation #losingweight #extremeweightloss #weightloss #weightlossgoals #weightlossjourney #weightlosssupport #transformation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #weightlosstransformation #transformationfitnation #trainandtransform #wlstories #fit #fitspo #fitness #fitfam #fitspiration #bodyposi #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #onedayatatime #goals #gym #gymmotivation
POPSUGAR caught up with Jacqueline to talk about this experience. "To be honest, it did bother me," she said. "After losing 350 pounds, here I was still being pointed at and made fun of." But when she really thought about her accomplishments, she couldn't help but smile. "They had no idea what I was going through or what I have gone through so why would I let them bother me or get me down or prevent me from living my life," she said. "I felt beautiful and that's what mattered."
"I feel that it is important to show others that no matter what shape or size, you are beautiful, and how you feel about yourself is what really matters," Jacqueline told POPSUGAR. "The opinion of others should not affect you. How you feel about yourself is what matters. Be happy and love yourself."
"The best advice I can give someone who is on their own weight-loss journey is to never give up. Just keep going," Jacqueline said. "Take it one day at a time, one pound at a time. When you work hard, believe in yourself, and never give up, you will be unstoppable!"
Excuse us while we jot that message down on every mirror.