Going into my freshman year I had lost 70 pounds by eating healthy and working out.
I was doing so well, and then of course, something happened. I had to go to 8 months of physical therapy, and finally had knee surgery. I got back to college and while on crutches, I was shoved down the stairs by a drunk guy at a party. Once again, visuals of high school flooded my head, and I started to feel myself giving up.
In the last year I have lost 150 pounds, gained a lot of insight, and found more saggy skin on my body than I ever realized was possible. I have never loved myself enough to see that I am worthy. I grew up in Dallas, Texas, and come from a very large, loving, and gregarious family. I could sing all day long, make crafts with my mom, eat with my whole family, cook with my grandmother, go to church with my grandfather. Every morsel that went into our mouths had to be documented and written down.
All I’ve ever wanted was to inspire people with my story, through my music. I have been through it all: bullying, counseling, nutrition classes, fat camps, abuse, addiction, the latest weight loss fads, diets, cleanses, and even the Lap Band. In my mind, there was absolutely no hate in our world, and everything was perfect – until it wasn’t. The 28,000 steps, 1,200 calories, endless hours of weekly counseling and nutrition classes, and the No/Low-fat diet worked, of course… Every summer I would easily lose 50 pounds, only to go back home and gain 80 pounds. The road to becoming a healthier and better me has been anything but easy. Especially with the route of gastric bypass, I have had to overcome MANY haters – including hate from people I considered best friends. My first encounter with bullying began when I was in the 6th grade.
In the fall of 2016 I decided to study abroad in Spain to get out of the mess I felt like I was in.
I met my best friends and finally felt like I had a voice again.
The assignment was to pick someone from TV that we believed related to us and. It changed my life because it made me 100% sure I was meant to perform and share my story with people through my music.
Someone had turned in an assignment as me saying I was most like ‘Fat Albert.’ The paper had listed 10 reasons why I was just like that character. Performing and studying music kept me focused and kept me sane. While I did have my music, I still struggled to find myself.
I am truly blessed and I try to live everyday with an attitude of gratitude.
I posted my first BIG transformation picture, and for the first time ever, it blew up.
Within one night, my picture had over 8,000 likes and was on the top of the explore page on Instagram.
It took a while and some much-needed self- love, but I learned to brush it off.
I spent the summer at Septien Entertainment Group, singing, dancing, and finishing my first single with my incredible producer, and co-writer Remington Rafael. 8 months flew by and before I knew it I was almost half the size I was in March.At the age of 14, I felt like I had hit the lowest point in my life.