Former Miss Kenya, Rachel Mbuki Marete has been missing from the limelight since 2019 clocked in but she confesses she has been battling weight gain on and off.
The world has been introduced to her as that sassy petite beauty who turns heads and leaves ladies jealous but she comes out to reveal her imperfection.
Taking to her Instagram, the beauty emotionally expresses that this is hard for her to let out already being vulnerable and susceptible to the masses.
However, she goes on and reveals how she gained close to 40 kgs between September 2018 and March 2019.
July 2018 hit her hard with a big life event that saw her lose control.
The model shockingly shares how she knew no sleep for those 6 continuous months and her stress levels saw her weight shoot up resulting in massive weight gain.
Ms Rachel made an effort to hold it on together but soon after her Mexico trip in September last year, the weight actually multiplied.
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Judge me, I’ll prove you wrong. Tell me what to do, I’ll tell you off. Say I’m not worth it, watch where I end up. Call me crazy, you have no idea… Girl next door with an edge. (Dress by @fashionnova) #sweetandfeisty #livingmybestlife #eastafricangirl #kenyangirl #tanzaniangirl #growthmindset #goodvibestribe
This saw her get withdrawn from the public eye very early 2019, shutting herself indoors and barely leaving.
Further on, the former Miss Universe Kenya had to quit social media, scared the world would drag her down.
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Hi my lovelies! I’m off to a 14 day retreat at a fasting resort in Texas. I’ll, basically, be in the middle of nowhere, completely immersed in nature, no WiFi, no television, completely disconnected from the world… For about two weeks I will eat nothing and drink only water… NO! I’m not doing this for weight loss reasons but for SPIRITUAL reasons. The discipline of fasting is not only healing for your body, but also food for the soul. It breaks you from the world’s routine while simultaneously renewing you spiritually. I have been a believer in the fasting lifestyle for a few years now. Perhaps one day I will share with you my reasons why. In the meantime, I am nervous, yet excited about this journey I’m embarking upon. I know I will come out on the other side reinvigorated and full of life. Basically, I will spend all day meditating and doing yoga with a group of like minded individuals from all corners of the world. It will be amazing… I’ll be back around the 14th of September. In the meantime, I will be posting some videos and pics on my IG Story from time to time showing you guys what I’m experiencing so keep an eye out for that. Sending you all much love and positive vibes ❤️😘😘😘. #fastinglifestyle #fastingretreat #spiritualjourney #goodvibesonly
It got too bad for her, unable to engage in massive activity.
However, the time had come for her to turn the tables and bounce back to the Rachel Mbuki we all know.
So mid March 2019, she scheduled into a health and fitness getaway on her own, just to take in the deep breath, rediscover her inner being and resolve to never return to these dark days.
Well, Phetchabun, Thailand was her soul searching place for the last 2 months.
Fasting, yoga, meditation, hiking and Muay Thai kickboxing were the order of the day.
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Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside, is what you will manifest on the outside. WE choose who we’re going to be. No one’s opinion matters unless you let it. Think about that next time you’re about to let anything or anyone get you down… #fitness #fitwomen #fitgirls #fitblackwomen #soulsearching #fitnessmotivation #growing #workingonme #innerpeace
Her days are done as she reveals she is actually on a flight back to LA [at the time she was penning this down].
However, this does not mean her weight loss journey is over as she articulates that well, 20kgs are down but she still has 20kgs more to go.
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So… this is why I have been missing since January guys… This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to post. It’s scary putting myself out there like this and being so vulnerable. The short of it is I gained almost 40 kilos (80 lbs) between Sep 2018 and March 2019. Around July last year I had a big life event happen to me and it just knocked the wind out of me. I was burned out. Perhaps it was an early 30s mid life crisis? 🤷🏾♀️. I started having trouble sleeping. From September to March I would stay awake all night till 9 in the morning every single day. As a result of the imbalance from stress, my cortisone levels shot up leading the massive weight gain in just 6 months. (Why can’t I be those people who lose weight when stressed? 😒🤦🏾♀️). I held it together for a while but after my September Mexico trip that’s when the weight gain started. Come January I was so stressed out that I ended up shutting myself indoors and barely left my house. That’s when I quit social media too. I didn’t want to unravel in front of the world. My sleep schedule was a mess. I was exhausted. Doing the simplest things felt like a massive chore and I just had zero energy. One day, around mid March, I finally had enough. I needed to make a change. I decided to take a health and fitness getaway on my own. I needed to heal from the inside out and I needed to do some soul searching to make sure I’m never here again. I have been in Phetchabun, Thailand for the last 2 months at a Muay Thai health and fitness camp called @battleconquergym. As I write this I’m on board my flight back to Los Angeles. I pushed myself as hard as I possibly could. I did lots of fasting, Yoga, meditation, hiking, and Muay Thai kickboxing. I’ll share more details about exactly what I did to lose the 20 kilos in 2 months since I have almost 20 more to go now. I’m posting this to show that none of us is perfect. Many of you would comment and say “goals” not knowing how sad I was inside and that I was spiraling from stress. This has been a super humbling journey. Now though, I feel blessed and grateful to have gone through it. Sometimes we gotta fall really hard so we can get up and be our best selves.
Conclusively, the beauty Pageant vocalizes that none is Perfect because at a time when to many, she was ´goals´ she was actually secretly battling stress issues.
For her, this has been a humbling journey and she feels blessed and grateful to have experienced it all.
Her last words are:
Sometimes we gotta fall really hard so we can get up and be our best selves.
However, away from any trolls carrying the day, her inspirations cordially welcome her back:
👏👏👏good job! That waist stayed 👌. I am so proud of you hun.
Welcome back home. While you were away, alot happened. We need to catch up😘😘
Sending hugs your way, you are still beautiful as always and you’ll get through this, positive vibes your way ❤️❤️
Cheers to getting your life . More power to you ! You are beautiful in every size . 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
And you are still beautiful at any size am glad you are getting better 💕
Reason i loved you from day 1 is because you have always been real.Good or bad.. I am so proud of you big sister.This is absolutely mind blowing and am happy you found your zen worked on you .I wish you the best as you continue sissy. 🙌🙌🙌🙌 I LOVE YOU❤️❤️❤️
Sending lots of l.o.v.e & positive vibe your way.Can relate… sharing what’s going on with you & being vulnerable is not a weakness.I’m letting the strong woman shield drop & its being positive surrounded by the right crowd.Mind n body health.
So proud of you Rachel. It was great to meet you at Battle Conquer!
You inspire me. I went to see my nutritionist that I hadn’t seen in a year and gained seventeen pounds.I walked today and I started a food diary. ❤️
Totally get you, blew up in 6 months and for the first time in my life had to start working on my health and slowly am getting there – I applaud you! Keep going 👏🏾
Thanks for sharing your story and pictures! This is extremely admirable! It’s not easy.A lot of us go through the same struggle and it’s good to know that with a mindset shift and determination, change is possible.Welcome back and all the best as you continue your journey!
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