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November 11, 2013

Transformation Tuesday: POPster Jaclyn’s Before & After!

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Hi POPsters!

I haven’t done one of these in a while and am sooooo long overdue. Today’s story was told to me by a beautiful girl named Jaclyn who I met at the POP Pilates certification in LA a couple weekends ago. When we all got up to say our intros to the group, I remember Jaclyn looking so nervous and excited; her eyes were full of light. From the chills I saw forming on my arms, I knew she was holding back a really big story. During break, I approached her and asked her to tell me about her journey. I am so glad I asked. Here it is.

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My name is Jaclyn. Let me first start off by saying what a blessing Cassey has been to my life! There were times where my only happiness was when I was watching her videos and doing her workouts.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…let’s begin back in 5th grade health class when we were learning about nutrition.  I hated health class. I hated hearing about my eating habits, as I knew they were terrible. I hated it even more when it was announced that we were going to get our weights taken. I remember this day so well. Almost a decade ago, I still can picture walking towards the back of the room to stand on that dreaded scale. Several girls I passed bragged about being less than 100 pounds which made me cover my stomach with my arms and keep my head down as I walked. I was 10 years old and 4’2” at most, but the jeans I was wearing were a size 13. With that in mind, I stepped on the scale. A few silent moments later, my teacher whispered “156 pounds.” Tears filled my eyes.

Growing up, especially in middle school, I didn’t really have many friends. Don’t get me wrong, I had a few best friends that came and went, but we were always on the outside looking in. I also played basketball from 7 to 17 years old. You would think that basketball would make me fit, but it did the opposite. It bulked me up because I would eat a lot and not healthily.

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More than all of this, I was sad. Hate is a strong word but I hated my body. I hated how I felt. I hated myself. This led to even more eating. In addition, there aren’t many pictures of me during these years because I either deleted them or made sure these pictures were “boobs up” so that my stomach wasn’t seen.

The first year of high school didn’t change anything. I played varsity basketball, but the seniors weren’t a big fan of a freshman taking their spots on the court and they made my life miserable. They pushed me into the showers. They made fun of me. They made sure that I would feel like the lowest of the so low. This inadvertently made me eat more. At the end of my first basketball season in high school, I tore my ACL. This was the first time in my life I said, “Okay I’m going to make a change in my diet.” I had always been a lover of animals so I became a vegetarian. Unfortunately, I spent the next 9 months rehabbing my knee and being virtually inactive which didn’t help my cause.

So the picture in the white shirt (above) is from sophomore year. It is of me sitting in a desk in the back of class and, yes, I filled the entire space between the chair and the desk. To be honest, I am more embarrassed of that picture than any other. And I hope it shows a lot of growth that I’m sharing it with all of you. We truly all are on our own fitness journies and it’s only fair that I present mine as honest as possible.

I tore my ACL again sophomore year and my meniscus junior year (all on the same knee) both keeping me inactive for months at a time. Senior year was the year my life changed. In the winter, I decided to go to bootcamp. It was the first step in trying to change my body. I had just gotten into a relationship with a wonderful man a couple months before and, like every girl, I wanted to look good for prom. Bootcamp was okay, but it wasn’t fun (they were mean to us!). Plus I noticed I was bulking rather than slimming and toning. But when I shopped for my prom dress, I amazingly “fit” into a size 4. First size 4 of my life! I use quotation marks on “fit” because the dress was so tight that if I let out a breath, it would have ripped.

One day in spring, I was on YouTube. I can’t even remember what I was online for, but I saw a suggested video that caught my eye. It was a tiny thumbnail of a woman in black yoga pants with a mint waistband. It was called “POP Pilates: Intense Ab Workout! (Full 10 min)” and I clicked on it. I decided to follow the moves and thought it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Obviously I had no core strength.

 

I kid you not, I did that workout every day for the next 2 weeks. I loved it! I searched for more videos by the same woman and I started pairing different videos together and doing them everyday. I was beginning to find happiness and excitement when I thought about my workouts. I was even waking up more energized! My relationship was benefitting too. I was so inspired by this beautiful woman, I began to research healthy recipes and only bought healthy snacks.

A week before prom I tried on my dress again. You’ll never guess what happened! It was so big, that my mom and I had to go out and buy a second corset to wear over my first one so that the dress stayed up. And though all of this was happening, I still didn’t have any idea who this woman was that made prom the best night of my life!

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So the summer after I graduated, I continued to watch and do this woman’s videos. They were so much fun! They gave me the confidence to travel all the way from New Jersey to University of California, Santa Barbara to go to school when I was only 18 years old. I even had the confidence to rush (a process of joining a sorority) and was chosen to join the top-flight sorority Delta Gamma.

I couldn’t be happier! I was in sunny California and enjoying my intense daily workouts. I needed to learn more about this woman who had changed my life. I mean I had been creepily watching her for months. It was definitely time to learn more about her.

This fabulous woman is none other than Cassey Ho! Her cheerful attitude and grueling routines really transformed my life. Cassey’s smile was infectious! Her energy changed me. I became so much more positive and outgoing than I was growing up. I became strong in my muscles and in my confidence. There was a time when I couldn’t do 10 waist whittlers on my knees. Now I can do 100 in a full plank!! The icing on the cake was when I found out she releases a calendar each month that tells me exactly what videos to watch everyday. Still do this day I religiously follow this calendar as well as add my own flare of cardio. I even make sure to find a spot at the gym next to an outlet so I have battery to watch every video. My favorite time of my day is the time I spend with Cassey!

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Today I am stronger, healthier, and happier than I’ve ever been before. At 19 years old, I am 5’4½” and my weight fluctuates between the low to mid 130s. But that doesn’t even matter to me. I love the way I feel and look. I love myself.

Though this was insanely difficult to write, I wanted to share my personal fitness journey with the rest of POPster world. Through Cassey, I have found a love for fitness and health. I owe this woman so much! No longer do I fear the mirror or body-length pictures. In fact, I probably take more selfies than I probably should!

I am so excited Cassey has started training instructors to teach POP Pilates. I can’t wait to be officially certified so that I can bring her bubbly personality and life transforming workout routines to my very own fitness classroom!!

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Jaclyn is getting certified as a POP Pilates Instructor! I am super excited for her and couldn’t be more happy. I mean, talk about full circle. Talk about taking your life into your hands and making it happen. She is a SHINING example of how you can truly carve your own destiny and live to your own potential. I can’t wait to see how her story will evolve.

Guys, if you want to follow Jaclyn, you can check her out on Instagram: @jaclyn_taylor

Also, if you guys want to send me any stories to be featured, please send it to POPsterPost@gmail.com with photos and your full journey.

Thank you so much and have a lovely Tuesday!

<3 Cassey

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  1. Alice says:

    Every time I feel de-motivated, I read her story one more time. She inspires me so much, keep going strong gurl <3

  2. Rachel says:

    I have just started watching her videos, I am quite fat and after looking through this story, it has inspired me to start working out.

  3. Cândida Feitosa says:

    Muito linda sua história! continue firme e seja feliz consigo mesma e que DEUS te abençoe e te dê alegria!

  4. Kate says:

    this is truly inspiring and it brings a smile to my face!!!!!

  5. Kornelija says:

    Your story is amazing! It really inspires me to see how far you’ve gotten.

  6. Vv says:

    So inspirational! Way to go girl!

  7. Loren Gunn says:

    I’m trying to print the calendar for beginners and having difficulty. Please help.

    1. Pamela Nayre says:

      Go to workout calendar
      If you see this……..

      PROTECTED: JULY WORKOUT CALENDAR. SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER & THE PW WILL BE EMAILED.
      30
      JUN
      posted by blogilates
      This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:
      Password: Submit

      put your email password…
      and then you will see this.,.

      NEW BEGINNERS CALENDAR 2.0 FOR 2015!
      30
      DEC
      posted by blogilates
      image: https://www.blogilates.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/beginners-2b-1.png
      beginners 2b-1Click to enlarge and print
      Click on the corresponding days for a full playlist of the workout videos listed!
      WEEK 1
      Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
      WEEK 2
      Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
      WEEK 3
      Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21
      WEEK 4
      Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27 Day 28

      and there you go….
      i hope this will help you…

  8. Beth says:

    If I’m not mistaken your pic was seen on FitTea as well. Did you drink that tea?

  9. Karlia says:

    This is so amazing! I am only on day two of my journey, (already calling it journey because I WON’T GIVE UP!) I have never been this determined in my life. Reading this story makes me even more pumped!
    Congratulations on your amazing work and amazing result! You’re definitely someone to look up to, Jaclyn 🙂

    1. Marie says:

      Don’t give up! Blogilates was the starting point for me on my journey of health! I’m now preparing for my first Spartan race(if you don’t know what it is, you should look it up, its awesome). I’ve lost almost 30 pounds and and can FINALLY wear a bikini:) KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  10. Rachael says:

    Thank you fo rthis story and thank you for your amazing workouts, Cassie! I’ve been telling all my friends about your YouTube channel ever since I started doing your painful and fun workouts!
    Jaclyn – CONGRATS on your amazing results! You look amazing! And on another note, it made me so excited when you said you pledged DG! I am a DG too (although no longer collegiate) and I was an adviser at UCSB DG years ago! I know the five points is what got you in, but I’m happy your transformation is what gave you the confidence to go through recruitment and join an amazing house with friendships that will last a lifetime!

  11. Amanda says:

    I can’t wait to get there! This is so inspiring. I am still working hard to get down to a healthy weight. I just started Cassey’s meal plan and I have been working out everyday. I can’t wait to start seeing results. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  12. Kelsey says:

    You earned it 🙂 Good job!

  13. Angelica says:

    Inspiring:] My fav part of your story is when you said “i love myself”. It is the worst when you feel nothing but hate, shame, and disgust of your own self. People will reciprocate your outlook of your own self. Wither your at your goal wgt, almost there, or just getting started on your wgt loss journey…it is important to love thy self-thats the reason we should make those changes for; not for anyone else or for an “event”. Thanks for sharing your transformation.

  14. Victoria says:

    This is an amazing story! It gives me hope. Cassey, I have to say that you are seriously an inspiration to a lot of people. I have always been a junk food junkie and a big time soda drinker. But after watching and doing some of your videos I decided I wanted to change all that. Yesterday I received two of your dvds in the mail and I am glad to say that you are definitely kicking my butt!

    I am 30 years old and haven’t been very active in all of my life. Also changing my eating habits is really hard to but I guess if you want to change yourself for the better you have to do the hard stuff, right? Jacklyn you are seriously another major inspiration for me, and I don’t usually say that about anyone. Here’s to my first day at changing my life around. Keep up your amazing work!
    Victoria

  15. Rosie says:

    I honestly think you were beautiful before with the most lovely smile and I wonder if much of the weight you disliked was muscle. It seems to me that you had a more vigorous workout life than the average child so you would have more muscle. None-the-less, the transformation in body type is spectacular and I really cannot believe that pop pilates made the change in such a relatively shot period. Wow. I’m in awe

    1. Yuo says:

      Honestly, let her have this. Let her have it. Let her be happy. Why do you have to be negative? It wasn’t necessary. “She looked happier before” guess what she probably wasn’t.

      1. Lala says:

        I don’t think it was Rosie’s intention to be negative. I understand what she meant by the weight being probably muscle, since I payed basketball myself for some years. But even if she had muscle, she was not content with her body and I do agree that she seemed happy, but every person is a world of thoughts and opinions, if she is happy then let’s be happy for Jaclyn because she was and is truly a beautiful person inside and out 🙂

        1. Rose says:

          what was negative about what Rosie said? I think “You” is the one that take thinks negatively. geesh…the end line is, if you are not happy of how you look, change it, if you are happy, then no matter what other people says, be happy of what you are and they dont matter…her story is very inspiring, and so sad that kids now a days are mean, and they only see your physical appearance.

  16. Jana says:

    A big inspiration for everyone 😉 Keep moving forward. Good luck 😉

  17. Laura says:

    I love seeing transformations like these!They make me feel so motivated

  18. Clary says:

    This is sooo great, and really inspiring! I love how dedicated some people are, it makes me feel pumped up and excited to work out. This is an especially amazing transformation and I totally understand the childhood pain… Good job, Popster Jaclyn!

  19. Sierra says:

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this! I have been having a hard time keeping motivation with working out lately even though I love Pilates, but this was just what I needed. Thanks Jaclyn! Oh and also ITB<3

  20. Amy says:

    This is so inspiring! I have struggled with my weight for years. I should just take the plunge and go for it. Thank you!

  21. elena ramos says:

    thats amazing, i guess she just motivated me to keep on, i am 120 pounds i dont concern about my weight but do bout my size, i have outer thighs or i dont know how you said it, well the thing is that i have celulitis because i am big in this zone, i have less i have to admit but still alot , i feel i cant, or my body is goint to be this shape always, i just want to delete all this fat i have, because i cant use a bikini because i feel bad with myself,

  22. Diva says:

    dang i want to have one of these posts one day…
    i think i’ll make that a long term goal… because i know if you read my story you’d want to post it…

  23. Kristen says:

    Jaclyn, how did you break the cycle of eating a poor diet? I have the worst time choosing grapes over a cookie

    1. Robyn says:

      I that same problem! What helps me is not buying the cookies in the first place. If there’s unhealthy in your kitchen then won’t be tempted!

    2. Julia says:

      Maybe a tip is, that you set a goal. Like if you haven’t ate something bad in a week, or two weeks. You can buy something you really want. It helps for me, anddd. Bodygoals, take a look at the Victoria Secret site. GOALSS.

      1. Tine says:

        Hii Julia,
        I was searching for what you said :”take a look at the site of victoria secret and then click on goals” but i couldn’t find it. Can anyone help me please??
        Xxx

        1. Michelle says:

          I think she meant that she would look at the models modeling the VS clothes and use that as motivation to become fit.

  24. shelby bryant says:

    ******Cassey I hope you see this..
    I’ve been watching your videos for a long time now, your videos is what motivated me to start doing pilates more. I’m still not in very well shape because of my diet but my life goal is to work on my diet and get better at pilates and one day teach pilates. I have a phobia of trying new foods (healthy foods) I eat the same thing EVERY single day. BUT I have the drive to try harder and fight my fear. I found out about these beautiful girls teaching your pop pilates through instagram and found this page.. **my dream is to meet you and get lessons to instruct but when I clicked on the link in the blog above that said certification nothing showed up. My other opstical is I live in texas and you’re in California but **if you are having more lessons to get certifications to teach pop pilates I would be WILLING to fly up there and meet you. I just don’t know where to start so here I am…Idk how else to contact you.
    Sorry for the long comment I had to get my point across thank you for reading this

    ♡shelby

  25. 4heartz26 says:

    What a great story, you were beautiful then and now. Keep up the good work!

  26. Bárbara says:

    I read every word. I can’t understand why you were (or are) so embarrassed for the white shirt, i think that you look beautiful. Whatever, you look wonderful! you really inspired me I dream your body!

    I’m just 16 but I wanna be healthier and be fit. I’m not that kind of girl who think that is fat but is not, although, I know that I’m not fat… I just need work for something better than now and your history really inspired me so THANKS! <3

  27. Shivanee says:

    WOW. Just WOW. You are beautiful Jaclyn. I command your dedication. Now, I am even more inspired to get my dream body. 🙂

  28. Wow! what an amazing transformation. You are the inspiration for those who tries to reduce weight and likes to be fit. I am sure that there is a lot of hard work behind this.

  29. Megan Elizabeth Lewis says:

    Looking at both those before and after photos, It’s hard to believe that someone that beautiful could feel so self conscious! Regardless, I am very happy for you. Teaching pop pilates sound so exciting, and I’m sure you will inspire others the way Cassey has inspired you 🙂

  30. Kathy says:

    Dear Jaclyn, this was a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us POPsters and inspiring us to move on and not give up.
    I kind of started the same way as you did. Last year in summer youtube suggested the “hot abs” and “squat challenge” video to me. I was scared to try cause I never did actually work on my abs and my doctor told me to never ever ever do squats again (got knee problems since I’m 15). Yet there was something about her and her smile that made me get up and do the challenge. I didn’t even have work out clothes on. I did them in my comfy pants with my top and man, I was sweaty but it felt so good. XD
    I wish you the best! You look amazing and even if you didn’t feel comfortable in your older photos, you have one of the most wonderful smiles I’ve ever seen on a woman 🙂 Please always keep your smile. You are so beautiful on the outside and I bet you are on the inside too.
    love, Kathy

  31. Jacque says:

    What a crazy cool story 🙂 Also, in your corset picture, you definitely look like a brunette Ke$sha xD

    Great job girly! 🙂

  32. Colleen says:

    I haven’t excercized in about three weeks. I was so on point with working out in Europe but since I have been home I have fallen off the bandwagon. I was feeling pretty bad about myself but reading this has made me realize that I can do it as well. The confidence you have is what I have always wanted. Thank you for sharing this and for making me realize I can do it!

  33. Amber says:

    Jaclyn,
    I just want to comment that you are so beautiful now and in your “before” pictures as well. You have a great smile and look like someone with charisma that others would gravitate towards, which should serve you well as a POP Pilates instructor! Best of luck to you and congratulations on your transformation. I’m glad you’ve found so much happiness!

  34. Kaedi says:

    What an inspiring story! And you look so toned! Way to take the initiative. I’m so glad you’re getting certified – you’ll be a great teacher.

  35. Surina says:

    Congratulations!!! Jaclyn, your story is so inspiring! I was verbally bullied in high school and excluded in activities because I was overweight and I’m trying so hard to change my lifestyle into a healthier one. Stories like these are all the more motivation! 🙂

  36. Danna says:

    You are so inspiring!! I am 12 and i am on the chubby side and i always felt so insecure of my body. Thanks to you sharing your story. Seeing that you were able to do it now i feel more empowerd knowing it is possible and i can do it. Ps( i never posted on here since im kinda a small popster)

    1. Kayleigh says:

      Same! I am 12 to and on the chubby side. I just signed up and am so EXCITED to start!

  37. Eunice says:

    I loved this story! As a high schooler I understand how it must’ve felt feeling inferior and losing confidence because of how others treated you. But I think you were beautiful even in the picture of you as a sophomore and I’m happy to hear you’ve learned to be happy with the way you treat yourself!

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much Eunice! 🙂
      @jaclyn_taylor

  38. Ashlyn Tracy says:

    Jaclyn you look absolutely amazing! You were beautiful before and you are beautiful now! Your hard work payed off and it really inspired me to work out and stick with Casey’s work outs! Thank you for the encouragement! =)

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Ashlyn (what a beautiful name!), seriously thank you so much! It has been such a dream to inspire people.

      @jaclyn_taylor

  39. Katie Shin says:

    I experienced much the same thing growing up. I was just beginning to be what I thought was awesome when my fitness journey tripped up. It felt like I had been emotionally b**ch slapped. Now that I’m picking up the pieces again, it’s like I’m starting from the beginning again. It’s very difficult but Cassey Ho’s videos (and really just herself because she’s AWESOME aside from her workouts) and printables are keeping me upbeat and positive about my future success.

    Congratulations on your success!! It felt great reading your story. I almost cried from happiness when I got to the end. 😀

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Katie thank you so much! I know a lot of beautiful, wonderful girls go through the same thing I did and that’s why I wanted to share my story so much. We are all on our own fitness journey! Find what works for you and what makes you happy. For me, I LOVE abs! I’m not happy unless I have some type of core exercise in my workout!

      Thank you again!
      @jaclyn_taylor

  40. Shana says:

    Wow! What an amazing transformation. I’m so sorry you had to deal with so much negativity with your weight…kids are cruel. But you look incredible and I’m sure you’re going to inspire a lot more people when you become an instructor.
    My weight loss blog: http://hippotohot.blogspot.com

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      That is so sweet of you to say! Thank you so much!
      @jaclyn_taylor

  41. JenniferN says:

    Congrats!

    And do I spy a Colonia jersey? I thought that when I saw the picture and then when you said you flew from NJ to CA. My cousins grew up in Colonia! I’m from Jersey too 🙂

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      YESYESYES! I am from Colonia 🙂 I only go to school in Cali so I’ll be back in NJ in a few years! And thank you!
      @jaclyn_taylor

  42. Nikki says:

    I was just wondering….is 156 really that bad of a number? i mean, she looked beautiful in every way. I am sorry she felt so bad about herself, but coming from an obese person, I don’t see why she had to feel so bad about herself. I actually don’t think she looked bad. I am glad she is healthy now.

    1. Vanessa says:

      I think 156 is a lot when you 10 years old. Average weight for 5th graders is 70 pounds and that’s with an average height of 5′ 6″. Imagine how she must have felt being not only heavier, but her shorter height would have emphasized her weight even more.

      1. Heather says:

        Vanessa, I think your height average for 5th graders is about a foot off. Nikki, I don’t think she looked nearly as bad as she thinks she did, but she’s fit and healthy and happy, so good for her.

        1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

          Hi guys! Just to clarify, when I was 10 years old I was 156 lbs and about 4’2″. Now (at 19 years old) I’m 5’4″! Have a wonderful day and thank you for the kind words!
          @jaclyn_taylor

  43. Congrats Jaclyn! You look amazing – your hard work totally paid off. 🙂

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much!!!
      @jaclyn_taylor

  44. Tracy says:

    Jaclyn — thank you for sharing your story. You have not only transformed your body but also showed tremendous emotional strength in turning your life around and rising above all the negativity that you had to face while growing up.

    For anyone out there who is being bullied or has been bullied in the past, I would like to say that if others are unkind, it has nothing to do with who you are as a person. You may be intelligent, kind, athletic, or have any number of positive qualities, but none of this matters to the bully. In school, teenagers often equate self-worth with how many friends they have or do not have. You think, “If no one likes me, there must be something really wrong with me.” But this is so opposite from the truth!

    Looking back on my school years, I now realize that the most popular kids in school who had lots of friends but were mean to others were really quite shallow, manipulative people. They made themselves feel better by putting others down, and they had so many friends not because they were amazing people but because their “friends” just wanted to increase their own social status by being around them.

    Don’t pay attention to others but instead focus on who you are. Develop your talents and spend time doing things that you enjoy. Surround yourself with good, kind people who support you and make you feel good about yourself, and distance yourself from anyone who is unkind. A truly worthwhile person will never taunt you or try to put you down.

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Tracy, you could not be more right in absolutely EVERYTHING you have said! I would rather go through what I did over again then change who I was and be a bully who is “popular.” Thank you again!
      @jaclyn_taylor

  45. Alina says:

    Jaclyn — thank you for sharing your story. You have not only transformed your body but also showed tremendous emotional strength in turning your life around and rising above all the negativity that you had to face while growing up.

    For anyone out there who is being bullied or has been bullied in the past, I would like to say that if others are unkind, it has nothing to do with who you are as a person. You may be intelligent, kind, athletic, or have any number of positive qualities, but none of this matters to the bully. In school, teenagers often equate self-worth with how many friends they have or do not have. You think, “If no one likes me, there must be something really wrong with me.” But this is so opposite from the truth!

    Looking back on my school years, I now realize that the most popular kids in school who had lots of friends but were mean to others were really quite shallow, manipulative people. They made themselves feel better by putting others down, and they had so many friends not because they were amazing people but because their “friends” just wanted to increase their own social status by being around them.

    Don’t pay attention to others but instead focus on who you are. Develop your talents and spend time doing things that you enjoy. Surround yourself with good, kind people who support you and make you feel good about yourself, and distance yourself from anyone who is unkind. A truly worthwhile person will never taunt you or try to put you down.

  46. Amazing, Jaclyn! So proud of how far you’ve come, in fact I can totally relate to you. The first video I clicked on was Body Banging total body pop Pilates. Casseys changed my life!

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much! Isn’t Cassey just amazing?!? haha 🙂
      @jaclyn_taylor

  47. Hannah :)) says:

    Heyyyyyyyyy!! Jaclyn!! Your story is soooooooooooo inspiring!!! You look BEAUTIFUL (you were already, don’t get me wrong) but now you’re stronger too!! It gladdens my heart to hear story like yours!! I started my fitness journey back this summer in June and I feel soooooooo confident & strong!!! Keep doing what you do girrrrrrrrrl :))
    Blessings, Hannah frm Spain <3

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you sooooo much Hannah!! And congrats on your fitness journey! So exciting to feel strong!
      @jaclyn_Taylor

  48. Leticia says:

    Thank you for sharing your story,Jaclyn! You truly are an inspiration for me and I’m sure many others! Keep going and getting stronger and all the best wishes from me for your Pop Pilates certificate! 🙂

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much!!! It’s such an honor to inspire people 🙂 that’s all I’ve ever wanted in life!
      @jaclyn_taylor

  49. Kayla Fox says:

    Congratulations! Wonderful progress and so inspiring! How did you get your hair so gorgeous too?? I struggle with naturally curly hair all my life and can never get it to look like yours does now!

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much Kayla! Omg my hair is crazy let me tell you! It’s naturally curly just like yours. But my YouTube channel is coming soon and I’ll def give tutorials on how to do hair and makeup!! Look out for posts on my instagram!
      @jaclyn_Taylor

  50. Maggie says:

    Jaclyn – your story is inspirational! Thank you for sharing it! Cassey’s videos have helped me through rough times as well, and I truly look forward to them everyday. It’s amazing how you have turned your energy and health around…good luck being an instructor!

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you!!! And isn’t Cassey just simply amazing?? I owe her so much! She went from being a woman I found on YouTube to one of my dear friends. Truly an inspiration to us all!
      @jaclyn_taylor

  51. Cindy Khor says:

    Wow, now that’s what I call one heck of an inspiration role model. I always yo yo back and forth when it comes to my weight and size. Sometimes, its even nauseating to me. Tried to eat healthy and do portion control but fails miserably. Joining the gym doesn’t help either as I just got too lazy to pop into gym.

    Hopefully this inspiring story will help me get back on track with my health and weight issues. Will go thru your videos and work out whenever possible. Fingers crossed.

    http://cindykhor.blogspot.com

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Cindy we are all on our own fitness journeys! This is part of yours. Maybe the gym doesn’t work for you! That’s okay! Find a beautiful spot at a local park or in your room and take your phone to watch Cassey’s videos on YouTube! I do it alllll the time especially when I’m in need of a change of scenery! Let me tell you it works like a charm 🙂

      My body started transforming when I started loving myself, my workouts, and my overall diet. I wasn’t perfect and I’m still not, but I love myself and that is what makes the difference!

      But thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂
      @jaclyn_Taylor

  52. Leckie says:

    Thanks for sharing your amazing storey, Jaclyn. I’m so happy that you have found the confidence and love in yourself. <3

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much! <3
      @jaclyn_taylor

  53. Jeanie says:

    Congrats Jaclyn! This is such an inspiring story and you looked amazing in your prom dress! I’m going through a bit of a funk at the moment where I’m just watching Cassey’s videos but not actually doing anything. I almost feel like I’m scared to start if that makes sense but this story is truly inspiring and makes me want to actually DO Cassey’s work outs! Good luck on your certification and Cassey, PLEASE being POP Pilates to Australia! xxx

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Ah thank you so much! It was seriously the best night of my life.

      Go for it girl! You’re already ahead of where I was! Just hold your breath and start working out to her videos. Okay maybe don’t hold your breath! hahaha good luck with everything!

      @jaclyn_taylor

  54. Lydia B. says:

    Your story is so inspiring, Jaclyn. Thank you (and Cassey) for choosing to share it with all of us. I love hearing about stories like yours. It gets me so excited to improve my own health and lifestyle! Keep up the AMAZING work! You are beautiful and awesome!

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much! What beautiful words <3
      @jaclyn_taylor

  55. Tete says:

    You are SO inspiring! Great job with your transformation and keep on moving forward! Good luck with being an instructor 🙂

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you sooooo much! <3
      @jaclyn_taylor

  56. Way to go Jaclyn! Really inspirational seeing your transformation! Goodluck becoming an instructor!

    http://arnellavanilla.com

  57. Christine says:

    Wow, so proud of you Jaclyn! Your dedication has truly paid off 🙂 You seem like a really nice and awesome girl. I wish I could meet you IRL! Good luck with being a POP Pilates instructor~ Keep it up!

  58. Zachary says:

    Congratulations Jaclyn! So exciting to see your transformation and for you to be able to pay it forward to others now! Rock on!

    1. Jaclyn Taylor says:

      Thank you so much! My happiness is teaching others what Cassey has taught me 🙂
      @jaclyn_taylor

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