Love Your Body

People made fun of this woman's loose skin, but she had a great response

Jacqueline Adan, who once weighed 500 pounds, has avoided being seen in a bathing suit at all costs for most of her life.

But since dropping 350 pounds, she wasn’t going to let anything — including a few unpleasant onlookers or some excess skin as a result her dramatic weight loss — stop her from enjoying her vacation and taking pride in her success.

When we were on vacation in Mexico a few weeks ago, it was the first time I had worn a bathing suit in a long time, and it had been even longer since I wore a bathing suit without a cover up. I was nervous to take my cover up off and to walk into the pool or walk on the beach. I still felt like that same 500 pound girl...then it happened. 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. So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool. That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore. 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. To be honest, yes it bothered me. But I was not 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. They do not know me. They do not know how I have worked my ass off to lose 350 pounds. They do not know how I am recovering from major surgeries. They have no right to sit and point and laugh at me. That's why I smiled. 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. Others might not like that. That's ok. I hope you love yourself. Love your body. I hope you keep doing you and just keep smiling! . . . . . #jacquelineadan #jacquelinesjourney #effyourbeautystandards #selfloveclub #selflove #lovemybody #lovemyshape #loveyourself #teamself #extremeweightloss #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlossmotivation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #wlstories #onaquest #bodybuildingcom #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #bodyposi #transformationfitnation #motivationmonday #mondaymotivation #fitfam #fitspo #bodytransformation #igtransformations #transformationjourney

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“I thought, ‘I’ve come so far, I’m going to do this,’” the body-positive blogger from San Mateo, Calif. told TODAY Style, adding that the last time she wore a bathing suit, she paired it with a long-sleeved shirt and pants.

But this time around, Adan, 30, bought a new bathing suit with no intentions of covering up during her trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She recounted what happened in an Instagram post that's gone viral.

“I was nervous to take my cover-up off and to walk into the pool or walk on the beach," she said in the post. "I still felt like that same 500-pound girl ... then it happened. 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. So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool. That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore.”

Courtesy of Jacqueline Adan.
At her heaviest, Adan weighed more than 500 pounds. Left, Adan in 2011, and right, Adan in 2017.

Adan, a preschool teacher, added in her interview with TODAY that she didn't think it was fair for the couple to judge her body.

“They don’t know what I’m going through," she said. "They don’t know I’ve lost 350 pounds. They have no right to sit there and judge … so I just got in the pool with my family.”

It was just five years ago that Adan weighed more than 500 pounds. After getting stuck in a turnstile at Disneyland, she decided to start eating healthier and to move more — which resulted in a life-changing, 350-pound weight loss.

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Adan never saw the couple who laughed at her again during her vacation, but when asked what she would have told them, she said, “I would have wanted to give them a hug. That’s obviously what they needed: more love and more positivity instead of judging people.”

Supporters flooded her Instagram post, which received nearly 30,000 "likes," with kind words.

“You are amazing," one wrote. "Thank you for being an inspiration."

“Amen! Be proud of the work you’ve done and own it,” wrote another.

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