Meghan Gilbert knows the exact moment when she decided to take on the challenge. The one in which she’d transform herself from an overweight recluse into a chiseled model and social media butterfly who now works to motivate others.
Meghan, a 21-year-old from Dallas, Texas, had battled her weight ever since childhood and endured cruel taunts and name-calling from bullies who mocked her “thunder thighs.” Things took a turn for the worse when she went on a cruise and found herself grazing incessantly from an all-you-can-eat buffet. She put on more weight and as a result began a downward mental spiral.
She suffered from anxiety and depression, which intensified the bullying and left her isolated and ashamed to leave her home.
Several years ago she turned her life around, when she found herself looking at her senior year photos. She realized she needed to make a lifestyle change.
“When I look at my senior photo on the left, I feel sorry because she didn’t know happiness. Yes, being healthy is obviously not the only reason someone can be happy. But as for an OVERALL happiness and fighting depression, it really makes a huge impact. The girl on the left looks in the mirror and cries. The girl on the left wouldn’t wear shorts her whole life because when she did people would stare and talk.”
From that moment on, she devoted herself to transforming her body. Over the course of three years, that steadfastness resulted in the loss of more than 80 pounds! And it was all thanks to a commitment to a healthier lifestyle that included revamping her diet and daily exercise.
But she had to start out slowly, working her way from exercising in a local park to signing up with a personal trainer who helped her get down to a svelte 114 lbs.
Ultimately, she decided to raise the bar, achieving the chiseled and defined look of a fitness model thanks to a newly embraced cardio and strength training regimen that she’s come to love.
“My body shape has completely changed, my face was a circle before, my neck and body is completely different, I look like a new person,” she says.
And now, not only does she have confidence in herself, but she is using her social media to help motivate others who may be in similar situations.
Her story is such great motivation (especially at this time of year) and goes to show that success can be yours if you just set your sights on a goal and always keep it in sight.
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