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Woman bullied for ‘thunder thighs’ loses third of body weight to become fitness model

The Independent logo The Independent 17/12/2017 Olivia Petter

a group of people standing next to a woman © Provided by Independent Print Limited A student from Dallas, Texas, who was teased for her weight as a teenager, has shed 80lbs to become a fitness model.

Meghan Gilbert suffered from binge eating disorder throughout her school years and weighed 200lbs at her heaviest.

She has now been “clean” for two years and credits her weight loss to exercise and a change in mindset. Meghan Gilbert suffered from binge eating disorder throughout her school years and weighed 200lbs at her heaviest. © Twitter/@megsmotivationn Meghan Gilbert suffered from binge eating disorder throughout her school years and weighed 200lbs at her heaviest.

“The girl on the left was 200 lbs of depression, anxiety, and sin,” the 21-year-old wrote in an emotional Instagram post. “I was addicted to drugs and I partied every night. I woke up in the morning wanting to forget that I had to wake up this morning.. my life was just..sad.” Gilbert turned to drugs at the tender age of 14 and soon became depressed.

One day, she explains in her post, she overdosed on “one too many pills,” and credits her devotion to Christianity to help her recover. “When I woke up from my overdose, I saw my tattoo “walk by faith not by sight” and that’s when I knew I wasn’t doing life right,” she continued. “The Bible PREACHES LOVE! That’s Jesus’s commandment. So that’s where I started. I loved myself. I loved the gym. I loved the hardship. I loved the pain and soreness. I loved the people around me. And most of all, I loved God.”

Now, Gilbert is a bonafide fitness model, documenting her journey on Instagram to 65,700 followers. She regularly posts short workout videos and shares details of her newfound healthy lifestyle. Gilbert has also launched a 30 day weight loss program that fans can purchase online for $39.99 (£29).

A good friend of mine took my senior prom photos in high school, and when I received them on a CD, I threw it on the ground and stomped it to pieces with a river of tears flowing. Since that day, I couldn't find one prom picture. Thankfully I got them back. The girl on the left was not the Meg that I am today. I started popping pills when i was 14, and had a binge eating disorder since I was very little. That led to depression and self worth issues. People bullied me but I also bullied myself.. the drugs kept getting worse I hated myself more and more by day, until binge eating turned into anorexia. I had an overdose in 2014. No one found me. I was alone. I remember having a vision of seeing my body laying on the floor with my dog pacing back and forth at my feet. By the grace of God, I woke up. I saw the tattoo on my foot "walk by faith not by sight" and I picked up my things and left college. From the moment I woke up and saw that, I knew I needed to change. I told depression no. I told Satan no. I followed God and learned to love my body and every flaw about myself. I embraced life. I found the gym and we have been in a relationship since June of 2015... HE NEVER CHEATS😂 the gym taught me persistence, hope, consistance, and how to grow. I learned to take pain and use it to make myself stronger. It starts in your MIND! Change your mindset, pick up your feet, and get to the gym. LINK IN BIO FOR WORKOUT PLANS!!!#YouCantGetTheAssYouWantBySittingOnIt 😘

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