The things bullies say to us can lead us to a dark path. It can be very hard to ignore what bullies say about you, especially when you’re still young. However, there’s always a graceful way to come out the other side stronger and an inspiration to others.
“I used to be called ‘thunder thighs,’” Gilbert recalls. “People would say ‘thunder just struck’ when I entered the room because my legs would ‘jiggle so much.’” Such hurtful words were too much for Gilbert to handle.
Gilbert recalls how the bullying led her to binge-eating disorders. The latter led to her becoming severely obese. As if the eating disorder wasn’t enough, Gilbert also suffered from anxiety and depression.
In college, Gilbert realized that she needed to change to stop the destructive cycle she was on. “I believe you can still be bigger and love yourself, but I didn’t like who I was at all,” she recalled. “I hated my body, and seeing the images that were taken still breaks my heart.”
This made her start to appreciate her large thighs. “Now, if anyone tells me my legs are huge, I can say I have ‘thunder thighs’ in a positive way,” she said. “People used to use it against me as something bad, but now I body build. I see it as a good thing: they are strong, muscular, and something to be proud of.”
“I see my legs as my strongest point and the asset I’m most proud of. I work on them all the time; while I still have some fat, I love them,” she said. Gilbert has learned to love herself. In doing so, she’s now inspiring her Instagram followers to do the same.
“This is the place that I am reminded that I am strong and courageous,” Gilbert writes in one post taken at the gym. Many of the girl’s Instagram shots are taken here. This girl is not afraid to do some heavy lifting.
“Patience, dedication, and persistence is key,” Gilbert writes in another post. “Time goes by so fast when you're just patient, taking life day by day and being a better you one day at a time.” Looks like this girl has forgotten all about her bullies.
This girl has defied her demons and come out on the other side stronger and much healthier. As she wrote in this post, saying, “And the devil whispered in my ear, 'you aren't strong enough to withstand the storm.' Today I whispered in the devils ear 'I AM the storm.'"