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Hello lovelies, I’m Jessica Alice and I’m 21 years old. I live in Birmingham, UK and have just left my job as a Learning Support Assistant at a Primary School to go to University to study Psychology in October of this year! You can follow me on instagram @essenceofjess_x
I was always quite a confident child. I was strong minded and was involved in pretty much everything in primary and secondary school from, school productions, choir, girls football! Even though I was a little bigger it didn’t stop me doing things. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with having an underactive thyroid (a hormone imbalance due to the thyroid gland not functioning properly) and was made to go to a dietitian by my doctor because I was overweight due to my thyroid! I hated going! It made me feel so self conscious, I felt as if being ‘fat’ was an illness and from then up until I was around 17, I used to weigh myself everyday and got a little bit obsessed with my weight. I lost around 3 stone which I was happy with (at the time) then my goal was 5 stone, then 6 stone and it was then I thought to myself ‘I’ll never be happy with how I look’.During my last year in secondary school I wouldn’t have my picture taken because I felt like the ‘fat’ girl and regret that so much because I have no picture memories of my old school friends because I was so embarrassed about the way I looked! I wouldn’t go out for meals or eat in front of anyone apart from my family because I thought people would think ‘oh typical fat girl, always eating’ ! I wish I could go back and knock some sense into 15-16 year old Jess!
Accepting my curves and the way I look wasn’t a conscious thing! It seemed to happen without me even noticing. I rekindled my love with clothes and found a new love with ‘selfies’ hahah. Going from a girl who hated her picture took to becoming a ‘selfie addict’ felt amazing. Like I said before the girls on instagram helped me love myself but the main person was my boyfriend, Brett! I met him when I was 16 through a website called ‘Tagged’ I was too shy to talk to boys in real life so I talked to them online as my personality came through so much more! After months of talking we finally met and I was sooo shy! He told me I was beautiful and that my body was amazing THAT many times I finally started believing him and 5 years later he’s still stick with me so I can’t be that bad but on a serious note, I have a lot to thank him for!
Career wise, my curves don’t concern me at all! I no longer worry about being ‘the fat girl’ because I am and I love it hahah! I’m healthy, I have a wonderful boyfriend, brilliant family and friends & a good head on my shoulders! My weight (& money) used to stop me travelling which is a big passion of mine. Growing up me and my family stayed in the UK to holiday. 1. because of money and 2. we used to go on holiday with my nan and grandad who wouldn’t go on a plane. But as soon as I had left college and was working, I booked a holiday to Crete, Greece with Brett. I wore boob tubes and bikinis and showed skin and guess what?! no one cared! It was amazing. This year I also travelled to Paris for my 21st Birthday which was incredible! I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower & it didn’t fall down! I took a selfie in front of at least 60 people so I could have a picture with ‘Mona Lisa’ haha! If you let your curves become a hindrance, you will never do anything ‘until you lose weight’ & that might not happen for a year or so, so don’t waste your life with ‘when I’m thinner, when I’ve lost weight’ DO IT NOW! Look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘I am looking HOT today’ & go and conquer the world! Curves and all! Xxxx
When we met Jessica aka @Jessk1991 on Instagram, her Curvespirational weight loss journey was awesome and inspiring – we just had to feature her healthy weight loss and body acceptance story! Don’t forget to follow her on http://instagram.com/jessk1991!
What moment or event started your weight loss journey?
It was about the month after my boyfriend and I split up. I was really quite down in dumps because of that plus sometimes my family are not exactly body positive. It was one particular day when my mother comments on how I looked and I was talking to one of my friend’s when he set me up with a beginning exercise program to try and get me a bit more happy with myself.