Personal trainer says she was 'thin-shamed' by friends after losing 126lbs
Committing yourself to losing weight is one of the most difficult things in the world. It's difficult because once we've become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, we find it tricky to break out of the convenient habits we know are doing our bodies harm.
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When you have kids, however, you tend to focus on how your lifestyle is directly affecting them. That's exactly what happened when mom-of-three Nicole Caperilla tipped the scales at 266 lbs. She knew she had to turn her life around - if not for herself then her children.
And after making some serious changes to her lifestyle, the personal trainer from Connecticut managed to lose an incredible 120 lbs. But her weight loss journey hasn't been without its ups and downs.
Above all else, it was the 'thin shaming' Caperilla received that made the transformation a lot more challenging than it needed to be.
"I’ve struggled with my weight for pretty much my whole adult life now, ever since my first pregnancy 13 years ago," Caperilla told Fox News. "During this time, I’d been working on my fitness with not much results no matter how much I worked out or ate."
"I decided after many attempts at dieting and yo-yo weights to get weight-loss surgery," she added. "My body needed that little restart. When I was cleared to work out at two weeks post-op, I hit the gym and now 2.5 years later, I’m still at it."
Caperilla continued: "I changed my entire lifestyle from the way I eat, what I put in my body and my exercise regimen. For the past 2.5 years, I work out five-to-six days a week, I focus on both strength training and cardio and I even became a certified personal trainer! Talk about a lifestyle change!"
Unfortunately, the response that the 31-year-old received as a result of her weight loss wasn't entirely positive. In fact, per the Daily Mail, she spoke about some "rude" comments she received from those closest to her.
Caperilla recalled how lifelong friends turned their backs on her, criticizing her weight loss and making cruel comments and hurtful jokes.
Speaking with Fox News, Caperilla explained that she has dealt with "Just very negative comments throughout my process" and comments based on " what I previously looked like to what I was wearing now."
In any case, Caperilla doesn't let the haters detract from her hard work and says she gets a sense of reward from "inspiring my three daughters! And also my husband."