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After being told by a flight attendant she would need to buy a second seat, Mercado vowed to lose weight. To lead a healthier life, she started eating low carb and high protein diet. This also included being more active and exercising 6 times a week:
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Mercado is making waves on online, having been interviewed for multiple publications and massing over 90,000 followers on Instagram.
PHOTOS: See Mercado and her transformation
“God is within her, she will not fall.” — Psalm 46:5 #faith #strength #latina
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Before and after... Thankful for all the love and support around the world. Thanks for sharing my story and for the messages. The importance is to make choices that go with your values and out of self love....I am much more than my size! I am a proud Latina who wants to inspire and contribute .... I want to make a difference in this world and it starts with taking responsibilty for my life ❤️️ #latina #strength #faith #inspire
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When I feel like I can't, I just look at this picture... Ustedes dicen que yo soy su inspiracion y ella es la mia 💪. @rosiemercado thank you for setting such a great example! 💜
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Today is the day! @vivacitysportswear is in #NYC. Stop by the #DREAMHotel in Midtown to preview the line! Participate in conversations surrounding #FITKNOWSNOSIZE with @rosiemercado Boost your confidence and energy with @cosmicchristine. RSVP to RSVP@Vivacitysportswear.com
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Hosting the @missplusamericapageant in Dallas! #plussizemodel #host
This week has been such an emotional week. I am doing things I have never done before. Today is the day that I faced one of my fears and just came from a place of complete integrity! I can't control the future and don't intend to, that would be exhausting. I know who I am and what I want. Growing up Latina I have been raised with lots of traditions and I am proud! It has made me the women I am today. The strongest value is respect for my parents and myself because that holds a huge blessing. I'm not perfect and it's ok, no one is! I want to live my life with happiness. If you can just be honest with yourself and others, it may be difficult but at the end there is so much more to gain. I am in a different place in my life, all I want to do is walk in integrity and peace. I am enjoying my life and I am conquering my dreams. When you have nothing to hide people can see who you really are. AUTHENTIC! No one accomplishes great things in life with fear holding you back. Success is on the other side of fear. #bepresent #latina #letgo #latina #traditions #authentic #thoughts
Just a chill Sunday! Cleaning house! #Latina #nike #pink
#myswimbody #latina Nice day to be at the pool! #vegas I love my #MySwimBody & @swimsuitsforall come join the challenge! I challenge @melparrishplus to share her #MySwimBody photo too.
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The model, however, has also received hate for her jaw-dropping transformation. "I got hate mail from fans who told me to go jump of a bridge and kill myself," she told TMZ.
"Fat activists ...just hated the thought that I was really public about my weight loss and that I was losing weight," she continued.
The 36-year-old, however, is not letting haters stop her. "I don't think they liked how public I was about my weight loss and getting a tummy tuck and skin removal and just being authentic and real about it," she said. "But I'm happier at the end of the day."