Rachel Marete did the unimaginable after opening up to the public about her battle with stress and weight gain over the last six months.

Taking to her Instagram account on Wednesday, Ms Marete made shocking revelations about her 36kg weight gain and 20kg weight loss. Remarkably, all this happened in under a year.

The former beauty queen explained to her 128,000 followers that her struggle is why she took a social media hiatus. Apparently, a major life event in July last year knocked the wind out of her leading to a massive weight gain of 36kgs between September 2018 and April 2019.

While she did not disclose what exactly happened, Marete said she was burned out and she started having trouble sleeping.

From September to March I would stay awake all night till 9 in the morning every single day. As a result of the imbalance from stress, my cortisone levels shot up leading the massive weight gain in just 6 months,” narrated the Los Angeles-based TV personality.

“Come January I was so stressed out that I ended up shutting myself indoors and barely left my house. That’s when I quit social media too. I didn’t want to unravel in front of the world. My sleep schedule was a mess. I was exhausted. Doing the simplest things felt like a massive chore and I just had zero energy.”

In March, she decided to take the bull by the horns; she went on a health and fitness getaway to Thailand. In the preceding two months, Rachel Mbuki has lost a remarkable 20 kgs and is motivated to shed another 20.

She also shared the following pictures showing her progress from September 2018 to May 2019.

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So… this is why I have been missing since January guys… This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to post. It’s scary putting myself out there like this and being so vulnerable. The short of it is I gained almost 40 kilos (80 lbs) between Sep 2018 and March 2019. Around July last year I had a big life event happen to me and it just knocked the wind out of me. I was burned out. Perhaps it was an early 30s mid life crisis? 🤷🏾‍♀️. I started having trouble sleeping. From September to March I would stay awake all night till 9 in the morning every single day. As a result of the imbalance from stress, my cortisone levels shot up leading the massive weight gain in just 6 months. (Why can’t I be those people who lose weight when stressed? 😒🤦🏾‍♀️). I held it together for a while but after my September Mexico trip that’s when the weight gain started. Come January I was so stressed out that I ended up shutting myself indoors and barely left my house. That’s when I quit social media too. I didn’t want to unravel in front of the world. My sleep schedule was a mess. I was exhausted. Doing the simplest things felt like a massive chore and I just had zero energy. One day, around mid March, I finally had enough. I needed to make a change. I decided to take a health and fitness getaway on my own. I needed to heal from the inside out and I needed to do some soul searching to make sure I’m never here again. I have been in Phetchabun, Thailand for the last 2 months at a Muay Thai health and fitness camp called @battleconquergym. As I write this I’m on board my flight back to Los Angeles. I pushed myself as hard as I possibly could. I did lots of fasting, Yoga, meditation, hiking, and Muay Thai kickboxing. I’ll share more details about exactly what I did to lose the 20 kilos in 2 months since I have almost 20 more to go now. I’m posting this to show that none of us is perfect. Many of you would comment and say “goals” not knowing how sad I was inside and that I was spiraling from stress. This has been a super humbling journey. Now though, I feel blessed and grateful to have gone through it. Sometimes we gotta fall really hard so we can get up and be our best selves.

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