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After going through a divorce with ex-husband Freddy Harteis in 2017, The Real co-host Jeannie Mai decided to focus on putting a lot of work in to be her best self, for herself. She wanted to strengthen her body and move away from the belief that super thin is always in after staying 103 lbs for years.

“As I’m nearing my 40s, I realize that I’ve been thru so much sh-t mentally and emotionally, why the hell should my body be forced to suffer (from my over controlling ways) too?” she wrote on Instagram. “So 3 months ago I started a new eating plan and training program and gained 17 lbs. I don’t have a weight goal..just a promise to be as physically Strong as I am mentally Indestructable.”

She was only three months into her fitness journey around that time, but Jeannie has kept up her changed diet and fitness regimen, and the hard work is paying off in her stronger, curvier figure:

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It's THE most empowering support to read all of your messages about my weight gain journey. I'm shocked that so many of you are genuinely interested, (& sorta scared like I was 😣)! What I can tell you is that there's nothing like saying YASS to carbs, YASS to healthy fats, watching your fem curves fill out (yes ur tummy will too, yes them thighs…don't hate- it's part of the hunnnayy process), but THEN you customize your shape with HEAVY WEIGHTS💥 Yes..it's hard ass work. But Mai Fam, I PROMISE IT FEELS SO GOOD. Left side is me in 2016, weighing about a buck. Me on right is today, at a healthy 120 lbs. And still going..ha 🥞. Alot of you asked about the foods I eat, so I've shared in story highlights a specific 7 day eating plan to give you an example for MY WEIGHT & what works for me (again this is for ME. Check with your trainer to make a plan for u!) And did u notice I started to post more workout videos so you can see my technique? Lmk if my posts help and tag me in your journey so I can cheer you on 💪🏼! Major thank you to @Shape magazine for our interview (see link in bio) and for always motivating women to live our best lives. Reading it made me emo ..in all the best ways to see how far I've come. Creeping into my #40swithFinesse #strongisthenewsexy #Maimotivation #tuesdaytransformation (& shout out to jeans with da streeetchhhh…hole got bigger but ay 👀)

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The 39-year-old has taken us into the gym with her and motivated plenty of people to not be afraid of strength training and eating healthy carbs and protein. She’s looking healthier and happier than ever.

To see more of why Jeannie Mai is our fitspo these days, hit the flip and watch her work!

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