Sondra: HNS follower turned HNS Model

sandra holtz igMeet Sondra: She’s a kick ass 28 year-old dispatcher for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department in San Diego, CA!  Over the last few years she has undergone a rollercoaster of transformations. She has gone from being over 300 pounds to dropping 100 to gaining 60 back and finally to where she’s at now, which she considers a “happy medium.”

She was recently selected as a winner of our HNS model search and got to share her story with us at our photo shoot in Venice Beach, CA. Read her inspiring interview with us and what she wants to share with our followers!:

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Tell us a bit about your journey to health and self love: 

Over the last couple of years, my body has undergone quite the transformation (you can see above). It has been emotional and eye-opening! I lost over 100 pounds in the span of about 2.5 years, and really struggled with the fact that I had a harder time with this new, smaller, unfamiliar body than I’d ever had when I weighed 320 pounds. Then, I began my career as a 911 Dispatcher and all of that work was no match for the maintenance that significant weight loss requires. I regained over 60 pounds, and was really depressed and upset with myself. I’m currently working to get back to a weight that makes my body FEEL good. That makes my mind feel GREAT. And I’m so grateful that I came upon HNS in 2014, because it really helped me inventory my emotions and focus on making positive, healthy changes…

I stopped spending time obsessing over numbers on a scale or size tag, and took my joy back.”

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Once you lost weight, were you perceived differently by other people?

People who never knew me couldn’t believe I’d ever weighed that much. Some people who did know me were amazed…others told me I’ve always been beautiful! People questioned the confidence I was known to have before my journey, and I didn’t mind. It’s so important that we do what we feel we need for ourselves….not what people think we should do.

Did you/do you experience judgements based on your appearance now even though you’ve come so far in your journey? 

If I’ve learned anything in life, it’s that there is always SOMEONE trying to give their opinion on you, your life, your appearance….130 pounds down, and there were still people who called me fat, and there were still awkward moments in the gym or Yoga class with judgmental comments or looks.
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How did that make you feel?
Initially, I didn’t mind. I’m no stranger to mean remarks or looks or unsolicited opinions…I lived the first 23 years of my life as the biggest person in the majority of my surroundings. I grew a thick skin. But then, I got bothered….wondering what extreme a person would have to possibly
go to before people could mind their own business! I took it upon myself to focus more on how I felt and not how they see me. Most people never know the extent of what I did/went through. Why give strangers the right or opportunity to change MY story?
Where would you say you’re at in your journey right now?
I’m still working hard to be a healthier, more mindful version of myself. Most importantly, I try to motivate, encourage, and compliment others…because it’s one of the things that makes me most proud to be myself. No matter what I ever weigh or look like, I know who I am and that matters more to me than any numbers I’ve ever struggled with!
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What do you want to say about standards set by the beauty industry?

Beauty is so much more than anything you could ever purchase in a store. No magazine ad or billboard can ever truly encompass the beauty we possess when we learn to be kind to our bodies and live with the contentment of how that makes us feel.

Is there anything you want to tell our followers?

Challenge the unrealistic standards and advertising that surrounds you everyday. Strive to DO beautiful things instead of stressing yourself out trying to obtain an idealistic version of beauty, and always try to lift up others around you when you have the opportunity!

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Follow Sondra on Instagram @seesondraslimmer

 

 

7 Comments

7 Comments on Sondra: HNS follower turned HNS Model

  1. Tereza
    May 17, 2016 at 11:56 pm (1 year ago)

    This whole thing is so beautiful and so is the girl In this article ! I can’t wait to have a bit of money to get some of the clothing from your line and wear it proud at my local gym! Really loved sondras message!

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  2. Theresa Bailey
    May 18, 2016 at 12:21 am (1 year ago)

    Love it! Your journey is inspiring Sondra. It really sends the correct message which is to love yourself, which in turn means not being so hard on yourself as you journey on a healthy path. Lots of love girl. Xoxo!

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  3. Missy
    May 18, 2016 at 1:11 am (1 year ago)

    Very inspirational message to live by love yourself keep that positive attitude . Thank you Sondra

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  4. Vicki
    May 18, 2016 at 3:49 am (1 year ago)

    Sondra, I’m so very proud of you- You’re a beautiful woman inside and out!!

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  5. Delia Michel
    May 18, 2016 at 4:36 am (1 year ago)

    Loved meeting you !!! You truly are a beautiful human being inside and out. You radiate positivity !!! Keep it up girl 🙂

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  6. Dori
    May 18, 2016 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

    What a great person! I can see why she was someone you felt would represent HNS well. Thank you for being so brave, and helping to inspire the rest of us struggling 🙂

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  7. Katherine Dominguez
    May 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm (1 year ago)

    You are gorgeous! I loved reading your inspirational story.

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