Update 8/2014: MelissaRoshan noted that a lot of the weight gain she experienced had to do with emotional baggage. She shared a video with us about her journey.
Today’s weight loss before and after story: Model and makeup artist MelissaRoshan lost 74 pounds going from a size 10 to a size 2 with clean eating. She no longer deals with symptoms of PCOS and insulin resistance. Here is what she shared with us.
My story is that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and insulin resistance. I was modeling in my earlier twenties, and by the time I was diagnosed with it, I had gained forty pounds. I lost my modeling contract and also self esteem. I felt rejected, and fell into depression. Despite the smile in my before pic I waa miserable and unhealthy. I couldn’t walk up the stairs without gasping for air and my cycles dissapeared. I got tagged in a photo on FB and did not realize how big I was. THAT was my wake up call. A friend introduced me to Eating Clean after I shared with her I was tired of being tired. That’s when I made my change. In a year, I lost 74 pounds by eating clean and Pilates/cardio. I also let a lot of painful issues go from a painful child-hood, chose forgiveness, and healing. That literally was 20 pounds right there! The weight came off, and I’ve kept it off since. The key for me was changing my mind so that my life could change. I got my modeling contract back, but most importantly my health. We can do anything we set our minds to, and one of my missions is to inspire women to live their healthiest life possible. If you’re already fit, then what’s the heart look like? There’s always room for self betterment.