Now this is an inspiring story! Rosie Mercado is a plus-sized model who was once told she was too heavy to model. She dropped a little over 200 pounds and ignited her modeling career as a plus-sized model. Go Rosie!
Rosie lost 210 pounds over a two year period. Her heaviest weight was 410 pounds. She said she had a “not so good” relationship with food after several difficult experiences occurred during a short period of time.
I hit rock bottom about eight years ago, and started gaining a lot of weight. My son was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, my marriage fell apart. Everything that could possibly happen happened.”
She would send her head shot to modeling agencies and get calls, but when they learned her weight, the agencies told her they couldn’t work with her.
Even Rosie’s quality of life was suffering.
For me it was normal for me to have to think about fitting at a table or booth. I couldn’t go to the movies. I couldn’t go to Disneyland – I had to hire a nanny so my kids could have fun because I was too heavy for the rides.”
The “wake up” call occurred when Rosie was told she couldn’t fit into an airplane seat so she would have to buy a second ticket.
They were really rude. They announced it in front of everyone that I needed to buy an additional ticket. That was an ‘aha’ moment for me – either I choose to continue living this lifestyle, or I make a wise decision and take responsibility for my life.”
It’s unfortunate the airline personnel couldn’t be more professional, but sometimes the messages we need aren’t delivered in the way we’d like to hear them. It’s great that Rosie was still able to hear the message rather than get distracted with the way it was delivered!
So how did Rosie slim down? She shared some of her secrets here:
Before 406 pounds and After 205 ! How do you loose weight? Eat every 3 hours! 1 protein shake a day low carb low sugar ….lean proteins and veggies only …..half your body weight in ounces of water and run,walk, ……move for at least 45 minutes a day 6x a week! No one can do the work but you! No one can keep you motivated but you! The only person giving excuses is you! The only one who can create success is you! You can do it! Focus. Order, Faith, Action and DISCIPLINE! It is not overnight success and failure is part of success you learn to stop doing stupid shit when you fall down and you gain strength from failure! Everything you need is within you NOW! ❤️
She also said:
It just really comes down to eating habits. I do have my cheat meal once a week, but everything other than that meal is high-protein, low-carb, and dairy-free. I eat lots of vegetables and drink lots of water.”
And it’s paid off: Rosie was just named the face of plus-sized retailer Igigi.com for their holiday campaign!
#latina #plusmodel @igigistyle with @repostapp. ・・・ Tis’ The Season for Separates! IGIGI has all new winter separates online today! #igigi #plussize #holiday #plussizefashion #plussizetop #plussizemodel #rosiemercado #latina #bows #psbloggers #curvy #igigiloveyourself A photo posted by ROSIE | MERCADO (@rosiemercado) on
Rosie said of getting the gig:
I was told that I’d never get a campaign. That was huge.”
She can also spend more quality time with her three kids, who are eight, nine, and fifteen.
Just being able to enjoy the outdoors with my kids, that’s phenomenal. I can go hiking, I can ride a bike.”
Although she’s still working on losing weight, she said she’s not trying to get down to a size two or four, saying, “that’s not who I am.” However, she’s feeling great these days:
I feel so confident because of my quality life. I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.”
What a great story to share: congratulations to Rosie!
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