What an inspiring story!
Conner Rensch weighed as much as 271 pounds just a year ago — but after sacrifice, exercise, and very hard work, she entered (and WON!) a fitness competition!!
The 26-year-old Nebraskan lost 130 pounds and took home the crown in her very first bikini competition, 2015’s World Beauty Fitness And Fashion contest.
And she did it with stretch marks and all!
Conner is sharing her story on social media to hopefully inspire others, as she told Daily Mail:
“Posting photos of myself online was scary and I never imagined I would be doing a bikini contest but the most powerful thing during weight loss was I realized anything I put my mind to I can do. It was first time I wore a bikini. I showed people that I am proud of what I have done. I am so proud of my scars and stretch marks as they tell my story and how far I’ve come. It was amazing to get up there and they shared my story as I walked out – it was such a proud moment of me, all my family was there.”
As inspiring as Conner’s story is now, though, it hasn’t always been that way for her.
Feeling good nine days out from the WBFF Transformation competition!!! #WBFF #transformation #weightloss #weightlossjourney #motivation #shelifts #fitfamA photo posted by Conner Rensch (@crensch) on Jun 11, 2015 at 7:30am PDT
When she was growing up morbidly obese, other students weren’t very nice to her — and she wasn’t very nice to herself:
“My mom says I just loved food and I have such a sweet tooth. I was constant eater, I was always hungry and would want to feel very, very full – it comforted me. At school both boys and girls bullied me. They would leave me out, call me ugly and fat. When I was in 6th grade, a girl on instant messenger told me I should just kill myself.”
But in college, something lit a fire under Conner, and she decided that she needed to change.
After meeting with a personal trainer and a nutritionist, and losing 23 pounds in three weeks with a new, difficult regimen, the woman got all the motivation she needed for an intense lifestyle change.
Nothing like a crazy #transformation pic to start the #newyear off!! It’s pictures like this that give me #motivation to stay committed to my healthy #lifestyle. #macros #shelifts #weightloss #weightlossmotivation #workout @officialfitspomotivation @omg_fitgirls @fitness_food_motivation @fitness_depotA photo posted by Conner Rensch (@crensch) on Jan 3, 2015 at 4:14pm PST
Now, things are so much better for her — and she’s found satisfaction, balance, and moderation:
“I’m the same girl but I am happier and healthier. When I see photos of me before, they make me feel sad in terms of how I felt. I dealt with depression and emotionally coped with food. But I am also very proud of that girl.”
Congratulations on an amazing journey, Conner!
[Image via Conner Rensch/Instagram.]