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This Woman Had a Realization After Being Body-Shamed for Wearing a Swimsuit

Jacqueline Adan's 350-pound weight-loss journey began five years ago, when she weighed 510 pounds and got stuck in a turnstile at Disneyland because of her size. At the time, she couldn't understand how she'd let things go so far, but she has since done a complete 180.

Despite her inspirational progress, Jacqueline constantly faces other challenges, like learning to embrace her loose skin, fighting the urge to fall back into her poor eating habits, and dealing with people who are far from supportive. Recently, she was made fun of simply for wearing a swimsuit, but she turned the negative interaction into something positive. (Related: This Badass Bodybuilder Proudly Showed Off Her Excess Skin On Stage After Losing 135 Pounds)

 

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

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"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," Jacqueline wrote alongside a photo of herself at the beach. "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."

Jacqueline continued by explaining how a couple sitting by the pool started laughing and pointing her the second she took her cover-up off. But surprisingly, their body-shaming gestures didn't shock her as much her reaction to them.

Instead of letting those people take control over the way she felt, Jacqueline took a deep breath, smiled, and walked into the pool. "That was a huge moment for me," she said. "I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore."

 

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Naturally, she was upset for being treated that way, but she decided to have a more positive outlook. "To be honest, yes it bothered me," she said. "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."

 

I know the journey can be hard. I know it can be frustrating. I know what it feels like to want to quit and give up. But do me a favor! Do not let yourself quit. Do not let yourself give up. Not this time. Prove to yourself that you can do it. Prove to yourself that you can have the life you always dreamed of. I did not lose 350 pounds overnight! But in order to do that, I had to believe in myself. I had to be stronger than all of my excuses. Take a deep breath. Take it one step, one day at a time and just do it. I know you can do it too! . . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #facetoface #facetofacefriday #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #thenandnow #effyourbeautystandards #transformationfitnation #wlstories #weightloss #weightlossgoals #weightlosscommunity #weightlosssuccess #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #bodybuildingcom #transformation #trainandtransform #losingweight #fitspo #fitspiration #fitfam #gymmotivation #goals #fitness #health #youtuber #extremeweightloss #fattofit

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"It does not matter what others say or if they try to doubt you or try to bring you down," she said. "What matters is how you react to it. How you feel about yourself."

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