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 keeps me strong. Just recently I challenged myself to compete in an NPC Bodybuilding Show as a Bikini Competitor. I did it to prove to myself, and to all the women who were watching me, that if you really want, 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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