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Conner Rensch spent her whole childhood knowing what it means to be bullied and be called “fat.”
The first time she recalls hearing the insult, she was around 6 years old, too young to do anything but absorb and internalize the label, attaching it to her own sense of herself.
As a child growing up in Nebraska, she suffered through the bullying, quietly losing touch with her sense of confidence and body positivity, and stuffing herself with sweets for comfort every chance she got. As Conner got older, she also grew heavier.
Cyberbullying started in middle school, with one mean girl suggesting that she “just kill” herself via instant messenger. By the time Conner was a freshman in college, she tipped the scales at 271 pounds…
Acting decisively, she sought out the help of a nutritionist and a dietician. She enrolled in cardio classes, took up weight lifting, and started practicing kickboxing. In her first three weeks, she lost 23 pounds.
That initial momentum was just what Conner needed. Encouraged by her progress, she pushed the process further, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and finally establishing a wall between her nutritional needs and her lifelong sweet tooth.
In fact, her transformation has been so profound that she recently won a bikini body competition, a prospect that would have horrified her just a few years earlier. Today, she proudly bares her stretch marks and scars as proud marks of what she has accomplished!
And her long struggle with self-care didn’t just win her the bikini contest.
With the publicity and interest in her body positive message, Conner has launched a business called My Butterfly Journey to help coach other women in fitness and health habits for a better lifestyle and a more positive outlook!
Check out Conner’s beautiful and motivational video about her weight loss journey below. And if you’re inspired by her incredible story and transformative message about self-care, make sure to SHARE with friends and family!
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