My name is Jiyan Hasan, but I go by Pretty FitJ.
I was born in Duhok, Iraq, and moved to the U.S. when I was 5.
As you might imagine, that was stressful at times. It was a total culture shock. I struggled with my weight my entire life—stress eating is a difficult thing to stop. As a result, I tried every diet plan and pill possible. FAIL! Chances are, you have done the same, so you know what happened: a yo-yo effect that is even less healthy than maintaining a heavy weight.
It was, unsurprisingly, stressful. I lost it many times when I felt that I could not control my weight gain time after time. I was your typical awkward preteen. Chubby, with acne and a sweet yet painfully shy personality. I was self-conscious about everything, most of all my weight. This led me to bulimia. With no knowledge of weight loss, I took drastic measures in the hopes of losing weight and increasing my confidence. However, I realized that instead of helping my situation, I was only hurting myself.
Then I realized that exercise was one of the greatest stress relievers we know. I decided that I had had enough of being overweight. I had had enough of the stress of trying and failing. I decided that I was going to do what it took to succeed whether I liked it or not—even if that meant giving up my favorite extra-cheesy cheese sticks and double servings of my mom’s favorite jasmine rice. I know you can relate to that.
Believe me, sometimes I didn’t want to. But I did it anyway, and I went from 190 pounds to 130 pounds. Because I was public about my journey, I discovered something.
I was inspiring people. My family, sure, but also people around the world I had never met or heard of.
And I loved it.
Turns out my passion for helping and inspiring people outweighed my passion for getting and staying fit—so much so that I built a business around it so that I could do it every day. Working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) didn’t serve my soul like I wanted, although I was helping people working in that field as well.
I then decided to get certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to help women overcome daily challenges and love themselves for once while using fitness as a tool.
Enter Pretty Fit Girls Club, LLC.
Pretty Fit Girls Club was created with a vision to educate, motivate, and inspire women who’ve had the same struggles I had—and that I still have at times today.
Helping other women helps me to stay strong. I have competed in 4 bodybuilding shows to challenge myself.I did it to prove, to not only myself,but to all the women who were/are watching me, that if you really want anything bad enough, you too can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Are you ready to commit to a life you have always dreamed of?
Follow my lead and I PROMISE to guide you until you reach the level of success in your journey that I am at now.
Sending you lots of love and positive vibes! :)
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