Perdió más de 50 kilos con la ayuda de Instagram
Desde joven, Megan Bartley, tuvo problemas con su peso siempre ha sido la chica “gordita”. Pero desde los 12 años, su sobrepeso se convirtió en obesidad debido a una enfermedad conocida como torsión ovárica.
***Long post warning*** Both of these photos mean a lot to me and I get a lot of questions about them, especially from new followers. They're the only two profile pictures I've ever had on this account, the first was near my highest weight and the second near my lowest. Here's a little back story- When I was over weight, I rarely felt beautiful, sexy, or really worthy of attention in any way. I was objectified by my body type, stereotypically assumed and felt as though I was not allowed to feel beautiful, as though it was shameful and pointless of me to even try. Having tried to lose weight countless times as a child and teen, I decided that if I wanted to be successful this time, something would have to change – I needed to do it out of genuine love for myself, not because I hated my body and would only feel worthy if I changed it. This first photo shoot marked that vow that I made to myself. I was so uncomfortable in front of that camera, even though it was just my sister taking the photos. But I can honestly say that the moment I saw those photos was the most beautiful I had ever felt up to that point in my life. I saw a lot more than my body in them. I saw a promise that I knew I would keep, and it was just the most empowering feeling. Flash forward about a year and a half- I decided to do an updated shoot. I was down 115 pounds, stretch marks faded, hair thinning, body deflated leaving behind quite a bit of excess skin, but nevertheless, seeing the photos from this shoot brought back that same feeling as the first, except it was also the moment I realized that I had kept that vow I had made. It took a lot of hard work and a fair amount of "faking it till I made it," but along the way I really did learn to love my body, along with the person inside of it. –continued below–
Para atacar la enfermedad, su médico decidió extirpar el ovario por completo, lo que le produjo síntomas menopáusicos a corta edad. Le anunciaron que no podría tener hijos: «Siempre quise tener hijos. Me hundí aún más en una depresión y realmente comencé a luchar contra un trastorno de comer compulsivamente».
A los 17 años, Bertley llegó a pesar 135 kilos (su mayor peso) y fue allí donde tomó la decisión de comenzar un programa de entrenamiento y registrarlo todo en su cuenta de Instagram @morganlosing.
¡Motivación gracias a Instagram!
A través de una dieta balanceada y ejercicio, perdió suficiente peso para calificar para una gastrectomía en manga vertical, que redujo el tamaño de su estómago.
Bertley comenta cómo la red social Instagram sirvió en sus principios como el espacio donde podía buscar inspiración para seguir adelante, pero cuando empezó a compartir fotos de sus procesos se dio cuenta de los alientos que recibía. «Probablemente el factor número 1 que me ha obligado a rendir cuentas ha sido compartir mi camino de pérdida de peso en Instagram», afirmó.
One of the questions I get asked the most is "how do you stay motivated?" or "I wish I had your motivation"… My response – you've got your own. Find it. I know that may sound harsh but honestly, at nearly 300lbs I wish I would've had someone to tell me to stop sitting around hating life and waiting for something to change. What I needed to do was simple: identify my WHY and focus on it vividly, constantly. We all have different purposes. Mine was enough to get me motivated to start my weight loss journey. But guess what- that motivation won't be there 100% of the time, and you know what happens then? You do shit that you don't want to do. You get uncomfortable, toughen up and know that those times when motivation is lacking and you are still fighting, are the times that set you apart and are the very reason that you will be successful. I can tell you from experience that this journey hasn't gotten easier, in fact I'd even go as far as to say that it's gotten harder at times. If there's one thing that I could share with you guys in hopes of it sticking with you, it's this: this journey won't get easier, but YOU will get stronger if you persevere. Stop waiting, start doing, because good things may come to those who wait, but only what's left from those who take action. #teamlosing
Actualmente cuenta con más de 170 mil seguidores en esta red, ha perdido más de 50 kilos desde entonces y se encuentra estudiando para obtener la certificación como entrenadora personal.
A su vez, cambió su carrera universitaria de desarrollo infantil a negocios, de modo que en un futuro pueda capitalizar su marca online y crear una empresa que ayude a otros a perder peso: «Más adelante, podría verme a mí misma trabajando con personas que tienen grandes cantidades de peso que perder», destacó la joven.