This is Jaclyn, she was a model for the be.come project’s first photo shoot, and has become a digital-friend of ours over the past year through check-in emails and progress reports. Her story is the reason we started the be.come project — to connect with others and make a meaningful impact on the way they talk about their body. We’re so grateful for Jaclyn, and you all, for sharing your stories with us.
Her first email to us…
“Hi! I am so excited that you are doing this! I am just going to get started with a little about myself…
My name is Jaclyn M., I’m 24 years old. I had my son when I was 19 via c-section. A few years after that, I got my first full time job– it’s completely sedentary and the hours are demanding. Long story short, I stopped exercising the way I used to and gained about 25 pounds in a year. I was so disappointed in myself and the way my body looked– I had gained weight AFTER I had a baby, not as a result of pregnancy.
For whatever reason, I was pretty ashamed of that. But then (thank God) the be.come project came into my life… to be honest, I went into this project hoping it would get me back on track to my “old” body, hoping it would help me lose weight. I had absolutely no idea how much this project would change my perspective.
Over the past year, the idea of being happy with my body the way it is was not at all possible for me. After doing be.come for 3+ months, I’ve started to realize that the extra weight I have literally means nothing… it doesn’t prevent me from doing amazing things… every time I do the project in just my sports bra, I become a little more comfortable in my skin. I’m actually proud of what this body has accomplished since January.
The be.come project is the first time I’ve committed to exercising since I was a Zumba instructor when my son was less than a year old, and I love it immensely. I still have a long way to go until I am totally comfortable in and loving of my body, but I’m so grateful to you and to be.come for helping me make such progress.
So here I am, stretch marks, flabby skin, and all! The idea of sending this is exciting and terrifying at the same time, so I know I have to do it. Thank you so much for everything.”
Their follow up after our photo shoot helped us believe we were on to something good here…
“I cannot thank you enough for today! I feel really proud to have been a part of the be.come photo shoot, and I’m so grateful to you for allowing us to be such a big part of your business. The atmosphere today was incredible and made doing something completely new and out of my comfort zone actually feel natural.”
With every email, she shared with us the ways in which she saw and felt her body becoming stronger and truly embodied the spirit of be.come…
“I had a lot of muscle memory with this one so it felt really good! I felt really stable in the lunge series which is unusual for me in my first session so that was awesome. Also got so much more height in my waist during the side leg series, and didn’t drop down when bringing my leg into my chest (I used to always feel my waist slightly brush against the ground at that part). Honestly can’t believe how much stronger I have gotten from the last time I did this routine!”
And a few days ago, just shy of one-year from our first meeting at the photo shoot, this is what she has to say…
“It feels so special that this week’s routine was the number one fan favorite! Even though I have grown to love some other lunge series maybe even a little more than the one in this routine, it will just always hold such a special place in my heart as the first be.come routine I ever did! And now the third time around, that warm up is soooo smooth and yummy and amazing!!
It’s difficult to put into words how grateful I am for what you have given me this past year. You and be.come helped me make a commitment to my body that I had not been able to make in a long time. Every time I do a routine I feel like I am putting myself first, and I feel really really good about that. Be.come put me in a totally different mindset and encouraged me to make healthier life choices all around, both physically and mentally. I love the time I spend on myself by doing be.come because it makes me feel like my physical and mental health are worth something! It’s honestly incredible, this year has been life-changing and I cannot thank you enough!!
I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I can’t wait to see what incredible and inspiring things you achieve in 2019!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!”
The point of us sharing her story isn’t to pat ourselves on the back for what the project has done, but to tell you — the nervous new client, or the long-time user stuck in a rut, or anyone who needs to hear it — it. gets. better. Both your body will get stronger, and your mind will become more forgiving and suddenly you’ll realize you were made for this, you can do it.