A few weeks ago, Jacqueline was enjoying herself on holiday in Mexico. Having used to weigh over 500 pounds (35 stone 7 pounds), she was feeling really confident and proud of herself for losing 350 pounds (about 25 stone) and getting her health on track. This was the first time in a long time that she put on a bathing suit, so she was naturally experiencing some hesitation about wearing it in public.
Then something terrible happened, and Jacqueline wrote about it in an Instagram post. "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," she wrote. "So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled, and walked into the pool."
This was no easy feat for Jacqueline. Having to face body shaming is something nobody should ever have to experience, especially when they're feeling happy with how they're feeling and looking. But Jacqueline handled the situation with grace and strength.
"That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore," she wrote. "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." Even if the cruelty did bother her a little bit, Jacqueline wasn't 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." Preach!
Jacqueline went on to say that those people have no idea what kind of journey she's been on, and they have no idea that she's "recovering from major surgeries." She's not afraid to share with her Instagram followers — she has more than 45,000! — that she has gotten skin removal done and a lower and upper body lift. "They do not know how I have worked my ass off to lose 350 pounds. They have no right to sit and point and laugh at me," she continued.
Jacqueline's hard work over the last couple of years has been really inspiring. Her infectious smile and positive energy have made her a lovable Instagram personality. She regularly motivates people on their weight-loss journey to stick with it, no matter how hard it gets — and no matter how many rude, insensitive people make fun of you.
"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," she concluded. "Love your body."
Excuse us while we jot that message down on every mirror.