When you are young, your outward appearance tends to override every other priority in your life. You work hard to ensure that your looks align with what is deemed socially acceptable because, more than anything, you do not want to stand out from the crowd.
Unfortunately, bullying is still a very real issue in schools across the country, and if your appearance is deemed less than perfect, many kids will have no qualms about making your life a misery because of it, causing damage that can haunt you into your adult life. Meghan Gilbert is a 21-year-old student from Dallas, Texas, who was bullied for years for having so-called “thunder thighs”. However, the determined young woman is now a fitness model after managing to lose a third of her body weight. Just before deciding to embark on a dramatic lifestyle change, her weight had increased rapidly and even peaked at 200 lbs! As a result of the bullying which only intensified as she grew older, she developed anxiety and depression. Now the impressive young woman has managed to lose an incredible 137 lbs and has never felt better. To showcase just how much her body had transformed, Meghan shared this Instagram photo with her followers:
In the caption, the college student delved into how her mental and emotional health had been suffering greatly before she made the decision to change her lifestyle for the better: “The girl on the left was 200 lbs of depression, anxiety, and sin,” she wrote. “I was addicted to drugs, and I partied every night. I woke up in the morning wanting to forget that I had to wake up this morning… my life was just..sad.” “I hated every part of my body and being until I took one too many pills and sipped one too many drinks, waking up after 36 hours of straight sleep. Well, could be longer.” As is the case for many people, once Meghan had hit rock bottom, she found the courage to push her life in the right direction. Her Christian faith was a great source of inspiration for the 21-year-old fitness model, and she revealed that after waking up from an overdose, she “saw my tattoo ‘walk by faith, not by sight’ and that’s when I knew I wasn’t doing life right.” “The Bible PREACHES LOVE! That’s Jesus’s commandment. So that’s where I started.” “I loved myself. I loved the gym. I loved the hardship. I loved the pain and soreness. I loved the people around me. And most of all, I loved God.” Meghan went from not valuing her life to pushing herself to be the best person she could be. This started with intensive workouts at the gym and of course a lot of weightlifting. She was determined to aim for the best possible results through sheer hard work. “When you first start to lift weights and someone pushes you to go harder, most of the time you say no I can’t do that much!” she revealed. “But then you try and you get one rep out.” “You think you can’t do it, but in reality, you can. It hurts. You build muscle by tearing it down… Same thing goes in life. You gain strength through hardship. You will always have gloomy times in your life and what matters most is your mindset.” Even though she has increased her fitness level beyond belief, Meghan is under no illusions that changing your lifestyle in such a drastic way is not easy. Patience is more than just a virtue when you’re overcoming harmful habits, it’s vital. “Saying no, I can’t do it and not trying. Or saying yes, I can do it. I will try. I won’t give up, no matter how hard it is or how much it hurts. I trust you, God.” “After the pain and trials, you end up stronger,” she concluded. “I started at a 5lb dumbell, and now I’m lifting a 25lb. It hurt when I first lifted that five… so bad, but I kept on going. To 10. It hurt. To 15. It hurt.” “The same goes for life. Trials are like God’s gym. Building you up to prepare for what is to come next. Eighty lbs down, plus a gained mindset of strength and endurance. Clean for two years and one month.” Well done to Meghan for achieving such impressive results entirely on her own. It couldn’t have been easy, but she managed to overcome her demons in the most inspirational way possible. And if you thought it would take an unbearable amount of time to achieve impressive results, well, you’re wrong. If you’re doing the right kind of workouts and consuming a nutritional diet, you could see results in little more than three months. Watch this informative video to learn more about the so-called 12-week body transformation: We wish Meghan all the best on her continued fitness journey. You can keep up with her by following her on Instagram @megsmotivationn.