Nine years ago, Christina Jordan of Queen Creek, AZ lived through a humiliating nightmare when she was kicked off a ride at Disneyland because she couldn't fit. With her whole family watching, the 271-lb 25-year-old was forced to get up and walk out. She tells People,
My family and I waited two hours in line for one ride, and we’re hot and cranky. And when we finally go to sit, the seat belt doesn’t fit over me. The poor kid that’s manning the ride says, "I’m sorry ma’am, it doesn’t fit, you’re too large to ride this ride."
And it didn't end there.
I bolted off that ride. And I go to leave, and I couldn’t fit through the people counter. My hips were too wide, so they had to open the gate, and I felt like cattle being brought out to slaughter. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. But it also opened my eyes to the fact that I had to change.
And change she did. Nine years later, the 34-year-old mother of three has lost 134 lbs and kept it off. And because it's 2017, she's also an internet-famous fitness guru, nutritionist, and Instagram star.
In recent years, Jordan has devoted herself to helping others achieve their fitness dreams. And she has a lot to teach them—before her experience at Disneyland, she went through years of anguish as she alternated between overeating and extreme crash diets that never stuck. At one point, a doctor prescribed her a 500-calorie-a-day plan. Unsurprisingly, that didn't work.
It was only when she stopped focusing on losing weight and started concentrating on being healthy that she saw results. Reading up on nutrition, she started eating five or six smaller meals per day, incorporating a lean protein, a complex carbohydrate, and a healthy fat into each. She tells People, "I eat five times more now than when I was obese."
She means "more often," but we won't fault her for being vague. After all, just look at the results.
And now she can enjoy every ride at Disneyland. After waiting a million years in line, anyway.