Jolene Jones is a former body builder from Kalispell, Montana and she has an important message. For a while, her life was taken over by body building; she used to meticulously count carbs, grams of protein, and fat. The 26-year-old told Us Weekly, “To get competition ready I was really limited.”
This means that her diet could not include alcohol, beef, wheat, sugar, or dairy. She states, “I would have chicken with broccoli for lunch every day and it got to the point where I would gag and have to chug water to get it down.” You can imagine how hard it would be to eat the same meal every day.
But her diet wasn’t the only thing that body building was controlling, it was also her gym routine. Jones put herself through grueling, two-hour daily workouts that left her exhausted and feeling empty. She has also detailed her weight loss and weight gain journey and how the experience impacted her life.
According to Jones, she went into her first show in 2015 after shedding 21 pounds off of her 5 foot 8 inches frame. To make matters worse, her coach told her that he wanted her to drop an additional 30 pounds. It came to the point that Jones decided that she could no longer do this to herself and that she had had enough.
Jones stated, “I was like, ‘Why am I doing this if I hate it so much? What am I trying to prove?'” She decided to document what happened to her next via a Facebook picture on July 1st. The posted consists of two side-by-side photos. The picture on the left is of Jones in the 2015 competition, she can be seen sporting a turquoise blue bikini. On the right, Jones is 25 pounds heavier.
She posted an important message next to the photo: “Body builder to body lover. This isn’t your typical transformation photo. I went from being controlled by my grueling gym regimen and weighing chicken and having protein shakes in my purse to fully enjoying a social life. Some people might say this is ‘letting yourself go’ but you can’t put a price tag on happiness.”
She explains, “A six pack didn’t make me happy. I was never enough and always needing to improve. Today I went rafting with friends and enjoyed food the old me would have drooled over and wouldn’t have dared to touch. Your body is quite LITERALLY the only thing that gets you through this life, your worth and joy aren’t weighed by what you can lift or what the scale says. My worth is weighed by those I surround myself with and the smile on my face.”
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