A WOMAN has opened up about her weight loss journey after shedding almost 6st.
After getting dumped by her first boyfriend, Jacqui Horn spent two months gorging on family packs of cookies.
The 22-year-old tried countless weight loss diets in a bid to shed the extra pounds, but nothing ever worked.
As time passed, she started to hang out with her friends and one day signed up to a kickboxing class.
Not long after, Jacqui, from New York, US, fell in love with the class and lost almost 6st.
“My first serious boyfriend broke up with me when I was 19”
She said: “My first serious boyfriend broke up with me when I was 19. It was my first real relationship. It was the first time I felt heartbreak. I was devastated.
“I always ate all the food on my plate, even when I was stuffed. Finishing all the food on your plate isn’t always a good thing, especially when it comes to larger restaurant portions, holiday parties, or large buffets.
“After the meal I would go to the bathroom feeling sick, and then I would throw everything up because I wouldn’t be able to eat such a large portion of food.
“I got used to eating to the point of feeling sick and being uncomfortably full.”
Jacqui is proud of the self-worth that she has achieved thanks to her weight loss and she now boxes, dances, runs and cycles.
Her diet before consisted of cereal and a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, cookies as a snack, a sandwich and crisps for lunch, and an entire box of mac and cheese for dinner.
Now she has two eggs with fruit for breakfast, salad or a sandwich for lunch and either a burrito, salmon, chicken, burger or stir fry for dinner.
She explained: “I have good days and bad days like everyone, but at the end of the day I’m a bad ass.
“I showed myself that I was able to accomplish things that I never thought I was able to do.
“I’ve lifted weights that I didn’t think I could. I’ve run distances I didn’t think I could.
“If I’m able to do all that, there’s really nothing I can’t do. That confidence that I have in the gym carries over in every aspect of life.”
Since her dramatic weight loss, Jacqui has gained a lot more confidence in herself.
Speaking about other people in the same boat as her, she continued: “My advice would be to start small.
“Don’t start your journey saying, ‘I want to lose weight’ because losing weight is temporary, but the lifestyle that you want to live you want to last for the rest of your life.
“Don’t cut out foods that you love. Don’t eat foods you hate. Don’t do exercise you don’t enjoy.
“Find foods that you love. Find activities that you love that will get you moving – mine was kickboxing. Maybe yours is dancing or swimming or cycling. Bring a friend. Make a friend.
“Don’t make weight loss a job. Just live your life because once you make it part of your life, it’ll just happen on its own and you won’t even have to try.”