Most people hit a breaking point before making a major lifestyle change. For Jacqueline Adan, it was getting stuck in a turnstile at Disneyland because of her size. At the time, the 30-year-old teacher weighed 510 pounds and couldn't understand how she'd let things go so far. But now, nearly five years later, she has done a complete 180.
So much has changed between these two pictures besides just losing weight. What you see in the first picture is a girl who weighted over 500 pounds and felt like she had dug herself so deep into this hole that she felt like she would never be able to get herself out. The second picture is of a girl who decided to take back control of her life. Who decided to be stronger than her fears and self doubt and decided to just jump right in and never look back. My journey to lose over 300 pounds was far from easy. It took sacrifice, hard work, dedication, believing in myself and most importantly learning to love myself. My transformation has been and still is, so much more than just about losing weight. This is a lifestyle, not a diet and there are no short cuts, or magic pills or even a magic wand that will make you magically see the changes you want to see. The real magic lies within you! You have all the power to make the changes that you need to live the best life you can! I know you can do it!!! • • • #extremeweightloss #weightlossmotivation #weightlosssupport #transformationtuesday #tuesdaytransformation #beforeandafter #thenandnow #weightlossgoals #weightlossinspiration #weightlosstransformation #weightlossjourney #bodypositive #transformationjourney #perfectlyimperfect #effyourbeautystandards #progressnotperfection #fitnessjourney #fitfam #noexcuses #getfit #fitnessmotivation #gymlife #fitnessgoals #workout #fitspiration #naturalweightloss #wlstories #transformationfitnation #born2transform #trainandtransform
Today, Jacqueline has lost over 300 pounds and couldn't be more proud of her progress. But even though her success is inspirational, she wants her followers to know that it doesn't make their individual journeys any less special.
My journey has been far from easy. My journey since day 1 has been so much more than losing weight. It was and still is such a physical and mental battle. For a lot of people it is so easy to just tell someone "just lose weight" but there is so much more to it than just that. If only it were that simple. Then you lose the weight and now what? No one knows what's it's like to be extremely overweight or to lose an extreme amount of weight or what it is like to carry around all of that excess skin, except the people going through it and even then, it's different for everyone! Friends, family members or even doctors have no idea exactly what it is like both physically or mentally. So promise me something. No matter what you feel, never let others try to make it sound like you are unworthy to feel the way you feel. Just because someone may have it worse does not mean your struggles are invalid. Never stop fighting to become your best self physically or mentally. If you need help, please ask!! I have a whole blog post where I talk more in depth about how I feel the mental health aspect of extreme weight loss needs to be more of a topic of conversation! Link to my blog is in my bio! . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #perfectlyimperfect #trainandtransform #transformationfitnation #motivationmonday #mondaymotivation #wlstories #effyourbeautystandards #hereforyou #transformation #fitfam #fitspo #extremeweightloss #losingweight #skinremovalsurgery #onaquest #obesetobeast #motivation #selflove #bodytransformation #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fitnessmotivation #fitspiration #progress #fitgirl #bodytransformation #healthyliving #inspire
"My journey has been far from easy," Jacqueline wrote alongside a picture of herself showing off her excess skin. "My journey since day 1 has been so much more than losing weight. It was and still is such a physical and mental battle." (Related: This Badass Bodybuilder Proudly Showed Off Her Excess Skin On Stage After Losing 135 Pounds)
"No one knows what it's like to be extremely overweight or to lose an extreme amount of weight or what it is like to carry around all of that excess skin, except the people going through it," she says. "And even then, it's different for everyone!"
After her empowering reminder, Jacqueline speaks to her followers directly—asking them not to compare their personal journey to those of other people. "No matter what you feel, never let others try to make it sound like you are unworthy to feel the way you feel, " she says. "Just because someone may have it worse does not mean your struggles are invalid." Preach.