While we all ogle at drop-dead gorgeous figures on social media, but there’s an instagrammer who not only is fit but is also, a motivation. Rachel Moniquee, an American instagrammer, is sharing her story of going from 300 pounds to being fit. With 58.7k followers on Instagram and a Youtube channel, she shares her story and inspires others to get their fitness on track.
Rachel confesses that she had always been chubby since she was little. However, that didn’t affect her much until she reached elementary school where being skinny was the in-thing. She confessed that she was bothered by body-image issues, though, she was always an active girl. “I used to be in a sweat shirt, jeans and leggings”, Rachel confessed. She, however, was always active in sports; had played softball and later progressed to fast-pitch softball.
It wasn’t up until high school that she actually got conscious of her weight. “A lot of people would bully me, I was very insecure about my weight.” It was around this time when Rachel got a job in a Mexican store where she gained a lot of weight eating chips, burritos and all types of fatty foods. She had even tried drinking slimming potion, which initially lowered her weight but she gained double soon after.
Rachel was always physically active but didn’t seem to lose weight. She practiced physical education in school, cycled for an hour and also did Zumba and weight-training. Rachel just wasn’t losing weight!
After her parents’ divorce, Rachel stayed with her mom and gained more weight gorging on cheap fast-food. The turning point came when she visited the doctor and stepped on the scale. Rachel weighed 300 pounds and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. The doctor advised that she should do something about it before things got worse.
Things did get worse, Rachel spiraled down into depression due to her body-image issue. That is when she refused to eat, get moody and even cry on the treadmill. “I realized when I was 12 that I cannot expect people to give me what I want, I have to get it.”
“You have to get out of the routine of eating bad food.” When Rachel graduated from school, she remembers earning more money and buying healthy food, “Chicken, turkey, veggies and rice.” Today, she refuses to even eat anything with salt in it, saying that her stomach won’t accept it.
Her fitness advice? “It’s not easy. It’s a lot of sacrifices and takes time”. Rachel confesses that she has sacrificed a lot and today eating healthy and working out are her main goals.