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IN People ON 18 Feb, 2016
Brave are those who carry beauty in their scars. Similar is the case of Conner Rensch who decided to flaunt her stretch marks at a bikini competition which were a result of her tremendous weight loss. The 26-year-old, from Nebraska, shed her weight from 271lb (19st) to 130lb (9st 2lb) after being bullied for years for being obese. But she didn't shy off from showing her stretch marks in a bikini since she believes they are a part of who she is and is proud of them.
Conner tried many diet plans but the weight rose instead. She was constantly being bullied and that drove her to depression. She would then comfort herself with food.
After seeing her diet plans fail, Conner decided to seek professional help and shed pounds with help from a nutritionist and a personal trainer.
Conner gathered the courage to enter the 2015 World Beauty Fitness And Fashion contest where she wore a bikini for the first time. She shares her experience, "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 realised anything I put my mind to I can do."
She gave up junk food, started weight lifting, kickboxing, and cardio which reduced 23lb (1st 6lb) in just 21 days. Since then, she has been living a healthy lifestyle.
She keeps a perfect balance between nutritious diet and her favorite food.
This very year Conner has launched her business, an online coaching service 'My Butterfly Journey', to help others get fit and healthy.