Woman Who Lost 350 Pounds Refused To Let Body Shamers Ruin Her Vacation

Woman Who Lost 350 Pounds Refused To Let Body Shamers Ruin Her Vacation

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Her response to the body shamers teaches all of us a valuable lesson

Going to the beach should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience for everyone, no matter what. Putting on a bathing suit isn’t always easy for everyone, though, but who cares, right? We’re there to have fun. So we suit up and we enjoy ourselves. One woman refused to let body-shamers ruin her recent vacation to Mexico, letting the world know she had a blast regardless.

Jacqueline Adan, a fitness blogger who recently shed 350 pounds (!!!!) took to her Instagram account to share her experience.

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,” Adan writes.

She said she was nervous to remove her cover-up (and really, is there a woman alive who doesn’t get a little apprehensive when That Moment comes around?).

“I still felt like that same 500 pound girl…then it happened,” she writes. “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.” Because people are assholes. What kind of garbage humans do such a thing? As far as we know, beaches and pools are for everyone.

Her response to the body shamers is the epitome of grace.

“I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool,” she writes. “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.”

OMG I am so beyond thankful and appreciative of all of the love that has surrounded me after I posted about being body shamed in Mexico! Body confidence and body positivity is something I am very passionate about! I feel that there is so much negativity that surrounds people who are different and I feel that it is our job to raise each other up and not tear each other down! True happiness comes from within and being truly happy with yourself is all that matters. I am attaching some articles that were recently written about my experience about people body shaming me! I am so honored to share my story!! Thank you so much to everyone who shared my story!! I truly appreciate all of the love and support!! Also a huge thank you to all of you for messaging me, emailing me and sending me over all of the articles!!! I am seriously crying I am so happy!! Everyone's love and support is truly amazing!!! I truly hope these articles helps everyone spread only love!!! Love for others and love for yourself!  I hope you guys love all of these articles as much as I do!!! 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗 @popsugarfitness @shape @people @yahoostylebeauty @refinery29 . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #effyourbeautystandards #lovemyshape #loveyourself #lovemybody #selflove #bodypositive #bodytransformation #recovery #skinremovalsurgery #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #losingweight #love #inspiration #motivation #weightlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #fitness #health #healthylifestyle #bodybuilding #hardwork #fit #fitnessgirl #fitfam #fitspo #transformationjourney #selfloveclub

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This is a woman who busted her butt to lose an enormous amount of weight. She admits that while she was bothered by it (because she’s human), she’s not going to let “people like that” affect her.

“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.”

Hi! My name is Jacqueline! When I was at my heaviest I was over 500 pounds. It was hard to do anything and I definitely was not living the life I wanted. I was unhappy, felt stuck and did not love myself. Finally I decided enough was enough and I took control back of my life. As of today I have lost over 300 pounds. I am also in the process of having excess skin removal surgery. My journey was far from easy. It was filled with many ups and downs. It took hard work, sacrifice and never giving up, even if it was challenging. It took blood, lots of sweat and many tears. But I would not have changed a thing. It taught me to fight. It taught me to never give up. And most importantly it taught me to believe in myself! My journey is still far from over, and I still have a long way to go but I can honestly say I am doing so much better! Along my journey I did not only lose a lot of weight, but I gained my life back! There is no stopping me now! It's never too late to fly! . . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #effyourbeautystandards #selflove #lovemybody #lovemyshape #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlossmotivation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #extremeweightloss #wlstories #onaquest #bodybuilding #bodytransformation #bodybuildingcom #poparmy #transformation #transformationfitnation #trainlikeabeastlooklikeabeauty #transformationtuesday #tuesdaytransformation #fit #fitspo #igweightloss #fattofit #naturalweightloss #fitfam

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Adan’s response packs a serious punch. Kindness and confidence will take you farther in life than being petty and cruel. Her post concludes by getting to the heart of the matter.

“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.”