Over the course of two years, Jen Atkin managed to lose nearly 110 pounds and went from a size 22 to size 10.
The makeover montage of rom-com movies where the lead feels wronged by the man she thought was the love of her life and decides to change her life, has happened in real life. The revenge body, dress, and success she gets after her ex foolishly underestimates her is a thrill like no other. Jen Atkin is that lead character, who took the frustration of being dumped by her then-fiancé for being "too fat" and turned herself into a success story. She lost a whole lot of weight, switched to a healthy lifestyle, and with her confidence back, managed to win the title of Miss Great Britain as well.
Three years ago, Atkin was planning her dream wedding but her fiancé called it off. "The day he left I thought my world had ended - I cried for weeks and used food as my comfort. But it ended up being the best thing that's happened to me," she told Mirror UK. But soon she picked herself up and decided to turn things around. She explained, "[Before we broke up] I would eat huge portions of pasta or pizza then a family-size chocolate bar. At weekends, we'd turn into virtual recluses sitting on the sofa in our pajamas eating takeaways - spending £20 each time." She decided to switch these out for healthier habits.
The Lincolnshire resident traded takeaway with healthy food and her sedentary lifestyle with going to the gym. Over the course of two years, she managed to lose nearly 110 pounds or nearly 50 kgs. She went from 240 pounds to around 125 pounds. She went from a dress size 22 to 10 as well. Atkin then decided she would enter a parent for fun. She won the coveted title awarded to her at the Leicester pageant, reported Metro. She was then selected as one of the 10 finalists for her first pageant, Miss Genting Sheffield in 2017. Last year, at the age of 26, she won the title of 75th Miss Great Britain.
"When I started doing this it was just for a bit of fun, I never imagined how far I would come," Atkin stated. "Three years ago I would never ever expected to be winning Miss GB.
Hard work really does pay off." She went on to say, "Winning Miss Great Britain marks the end of a long and difficult, but also amazing, journey. Although my body has changed so much I think don't think my personality has, and I think that's really helped me. The judges were able to see what kind of person I really am." Atkin worked as an administrator at an oil refinery and then went on to complete her course in nutrition two years ago. She has now ventured into the field of music and is making a name as a country singer as well.
Speaking to Bored Panda about her new lifestyle she said, “I eat so much better, I don’t follow a diet but I think about what I eat so much more. I still enjoy meals out but don’t binge like I used to! I go to the gym 5 times a week now and I love it, it’s become a staple part of my life and has helped me in so many ways.” She also said that consistency is key, to see results. “My biggest advice would be to take every day as it comes. Imagine where you could be in 3 months' time and just keep chipping away! Consistency is key and it’s a lifestyle change!” she said.
Atkin has used her win to call for better food labeling which will help promote healthy eating, according to BBC. "I think things need to be a bit clearer... just to make it easier for everyone," she said. She is also using her title to fight misconceptions about bisexual people after she came out as bisexual earlier this year, The Sun reported. Talking about her sexual awakening she said, I watched wrestling with my brother and I was obsessed with the divas in their tiny shorts. I would also fancy his girlfriends which is something I’ve never admitted before.”