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So I’m a lot nervous sharing this image… I’m a little nervous to share my story… but I need to share because THIS is exactly why I don’t post pictures on Denimology that often. I’ve been scolded and chastised for not appearing on my blog more. I just thought no one would be interested in seeing me wearing jeans because I was not skinny and “perfect sized”

Since I was 12 I have suffered from major issues with food. I’ve been every weight between 126 and 191. I put myself in the hospital by neglecting my body in many damaging ways. I was damaging my kidneys and I dealt with kidney failure. I was so sick that I took about a month off from Denimology one August. After that I decided I needed to get healthy. Getting healthy is hard work. I wasn’t very successful. I gained a lot of weight and hid in my house hating myself, loathing myself.

I thought a tummy tuck would fix me. I’d wanted one for ages so I got one (hence my gigantic scar)! April will be a year since I got it. At first, it did make me feel better but within a month I was back to hating myself and I actually started GAINING even more weight.

I had to do something so I started going to the gym and a friend of mine asked me to join her in a weight loss challenge. Well I did and it was a wonderful decision! Yesterday was our final weigh in and we won the contest! I lost 19.6 pounds and 4 inches off of my waist. My muscles are definitely defined now.

I now eat clean, take to high intensity cardio classes each week, lift weight 4 – 5 days a week and run 5 days a week. I am learning my own self worth. I am learning how to love me just the way I am. Now I am hoping to shimmy into some of these jeans the brands send us so I may review them for you!

Even though I am not a size 2, I am proud of myself. It’s the first time in my life I have lost weight in a healthy, self respecting way. That’s really something to feel wonderful about if you ask me! 🙂

38 COMMENTS

  1. Good for you and so insprirational. Exercise and making good food choices go a long way. I wish you continued success on your get healthy journey and you should be super proud of yourself! Keep us posted and I look forward to seeing a pic of you in some cool denim styles.

  2. Good for you and congratulations! I hope you feel wonderful because that is the feeling that is going to keep you on the right track…stick with it!  Monthly progress updates, please! We’re all rooting for you out here in cyberspace!

  3. Good for you and so insprirational. Exercise and making good food choices go a long way. I wish you continued success on your get healthy journey and you should be super proud of yourself! Keep us posted and I look forward to seeing a pic of you in some cool denim styles.

  4. Jessie, your story will help a lot of people to go out and fight for their health .
    Kudos to you for being so persistent this time!
     

  5. Good for you and congratulations! I hope you feel wonderful because that is the feeling that is going to keep you on the right track…stick with it!  Monthly progress updates, please! We're all rooting for you out here in cyberspace!

  6. You betcha!  You are a beautiful girl, inside and out.  Keep it up Jessie!  It’s a great accomplishment and incentive to keep taking care of yourself!  Congrats on your progress! 

  7. Lady, you are gorgeous, I wanted those navy jeans you had on that day at the counter, and I remember several women asking you about them. Healthy is good, but stay curvy! You are inspiring! xo
    Janice
    (Gia’s Friend)

  8. You betcha!  You are a beautiful girl, inside and out.  Keep it up Jessie!  It's a great accomplishment and incentive to keep taking care of yourself!  Congrats on your progress! 

  9. Definitely, Jessie! Keep it up, because you are a really beautiful girl! Now you have the chance to be proud of yourself, to LOVE yourself, which is the most important thing! Don’t fight against but WITH your body! 🙂

  10. Lady, you are gorgeous, I wanted those navy jeans you had on that day at the counter, and I remember several women asking you about them. Healthy is good, but stay curvy! You are inspiring! xo
    Janice
    (Gia's Friend)

  11. Definitely, Jessie! Keep it up, because you are a really beautiful girl! Now you have the chance to be proud of yourself, to LOVE yourself, which is the most important thing! Don't fight against but WITH your body! 🙂

  12. You look great, and the best part is your happy smile and stance! It’s obvious that you feel great, too. Congratulations!

  13. You look great, and the best part is your happy smile and stance! It's obvious that you feel great, too. Congratulations!

  14. I think you would be an inspiration to put on a pair of awesome jeans and show off that booty. The world isnt made up of size 0’s.
    We already see them on billboards and magazines. Its not fair they take over the blogging world too! Now get those jeans on and start posting! 🙂

    http://www.irreplaceable-blogger.blogspot.com/

  15. Hi Jessie, I think you are awesome. Everything you write comes straight from your heart, which is a very unique talent. You are the heart and soul of Denimology and I am so happy that you are feeling good about yourself. Can’t wait to see more photos of you and your new body in lots of great denim.

  16. Hi Jessie, I think you are awesome. Everything you write comes straight from your heart, which is a very unique talent. You are the heart and soul of Denimology and I am so happy that you are feeling good about yourself. Can't wait to see more photos of you and your new body in lots of great denim.

  17. You were beautiful even in the before pic.  I am a size 2 or 4 and to tell you the truth I am SICK of men who won’t take the time to see beyond the “hot body and face” they say I have.  Can’t find a man who sees me for who I am.  Well, I love me even if they don’t.  Don’t fret about those designer jeans. Your smile and confidence is way better :-))!!!

  18. You were beautiful even in the before pic.  I am a size 2 or 4 and to tell you the truth I am SICK of men who won't take the time to see beyond the “hot body and face” they say I have.  Can't find a man who sees me for who I am.  Well, I love me even if they don't.  Don't fret about those designer jeans. Your smile and confidence is way better :-))!!!

  19. wow just stumbled on this review and your article! You have amazing courage and I agree….we love seeing people like you because you are normal shaped!

  20. wow just stumbled on this review and your article! You have amazing courage and I agree….we love seeing people like you because you are normal shaped!

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