A Swedish fitness guru, who goes by the Instagram handle Jelly Devote, has gained thousands of Instagram followers for her health and wellness advice — but just a few years ago had a very different lifestyle.
She admits she spent her early 20s drinking with her friends at least three times a week — and she had hangovers just as often.
“I don’t know how much I drank — just that it was a lot,” she told Cosmopolitan about her love for beer and hard cider. Now 27, the blogger has reduced her alcohol intake to a glass or two of wine or champagne every other week, and the results are astonishing.
ALCOHOL VS WATER UNHEALTHY VS HEALTHY UNHAPPY VS HAPPY ☹️ 20 VS 27 YEARS ♀️ . There is so many changes in how I look, how I feel, and how I live my life. . I’ve never felt better, I have balance. I eat a doughnut followed by a salad I don’t drink alcohol often, I down my water and most importantly I’ve gone from hating myself to loving myself ❤️❤️♀️ . People always ask how much I’ve lost, and I honestly don’t know what my highest weight was (not the picture) due to hating myself so much I didn’t weigh myself (probably around 75kg) and I don’t weigh myself anymore (lightest I’ve been 45kg, NOT HEALTHY MIND) ♀️♀️♀️ . Weight doesn’t matter, you matter. How you feel about yourself. Don’t focus on a number that can fluctuate 5kg in two days ♀️♀️ . I’ve now been “balanced” since the crazy party nights in Bali ♀️ and I’m feeling SO good again! Party life ain’t for me! I rather be in sneakers then heals, and rather drink protein and smoothies then sipping champagne . #ibs #transform #fit #fitspo #fitness #workout #weightloss #transformation #beforeandafter
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That’s why a recent side-by-side image of her weight loss transformation has racked up more than 13,500 likes in a matter of days.
In the post’s caption, she credits a balanced lifestyle for the incredible change, admitting she once fueled her body with processed foods — “not a single vegetable,” she said. “All I did was party and stay on the sofa.”
She says that when she was 1, an unflattering bikini photo led her to consider exercising. Around the same time, her grandmother, who’d long spoiled her with sweet treats, made a comment about her weight gain.
“That was the moment I decided things needed to change,” she the blogger, who began working out at home regularly shortly after. Next she then zeroed in on her excessive alcohol intake.
“It’s simply impossible to have a healthy body and mind with that much consumption of alcohol,” she said. “I’m always drinking water!”
19years VS 27years old . I might not be the biggest to the left, just very unfit and insecure about myself. I remember hating how I looked, everything from my teeth to my short chubby fingers. I wish I could speak to myself when I was 19, and tell myself, one day you will love yourself and accept yourself for the one you are ❤️ and it will feel AWESOME! . Age is just a number and I’m so happy I’ve grown up, MENTALLY. I don’t pick myself apart anymore, I lift myself and others up! ♀️ . Don’t be scared of getting older. Don’t be mean to yourself at any point. Love yourself now, not just when you have “reached your goal”. . #weightloss #transformation #fitness #fitspo #ibs #abs #beforeandafter #transform #inspo #selflove
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She began shifting the rest of her diet, too, swapping three large meals a day to five or six small ones composed of green veggies, healthy fats and protein.
Now, the influencer, who has more than 570,000 followers, does drink in moderation.
“I have balance,” she wrote on Instagram. “There are so many changes in how I look, how I feel, and how I live my life, I’ve never felt better.”