I could sit here and talk about an everyday fairytale of women who lose a ton of weight and become fitness models, but that isn’t the case here. Meet Crystal Andrus Morissette, a former fitness model who took a completely different route.
Yes we know, it’s inspiring seeing overweight women achieve their weight loss goals and become something they never thought imaginable, as this shows hard work and determination. We can’t deny this, but Crystal brings us another type of story. Crystal’s life was not all fun and games. As a child, she went through her parents’ divorce, sexual abuse, and rape. At 15, she was a homeless teen and sleeping around just to get by, which is how she lived until she was 18-years-old.
This former fitness model and homeless teen had learned at an early stage, food and shelter were the necessities of life. At 18-years-old, her life took a turn for the better, and she ended up taking on a couple of retail jobs, moved into a place of her own, and began to live large with a career in modeling. Crystal was attracted to modeling because it made her feel like a sex object like she did when she was homeless. She related with parading her body on stage and getting judged for it. It worked for her, at the time.
When Crystal became pregnant with her first of two daughters, she abandoned her model bod and years of that excessive fitness regimen to eating just about anything she wanted. She admits to eating burger and fries every day. She had convinced herself that since it was protein, it was healthy. She continued this regimen and packed on 100 extra pounds. Are you cringing at the very thought of that much weight gain? For me, panic mode sets in just thinking about it for Crystal. It was at this point that she was the happiest she had ever been in her life.
She went through a lot of pain, suffering, yo-yo dieting, and body image issues before realizing this wasn’t the life she wanted to live. She didn’t want to set a bad example for her children. So, she reshaped her life. Now, at 45-years-old, this 5’6” former model weighs a healthy 155 pounds and is a Size 10. She is married to the love of her life and has two beautiful daughters. She is committed to empowering women worldwide, as well as a founder of S.W.A.T. Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer) offering online courses to women all over the world.
It remains a mystery even to her why she decided not to care gain all that weight and become obese, but it’s a part of real-life rags to riches fairytale. Her story teaches women that it is possible to love yourself at any size.