Rosie talks all the pain and judgement

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We can’t even imagine what it’s like to lose 250 lbs, let alone in front of a national audience. But that’s exactly what Rosie Mercado did. The former star of tv show Curvy Girls recently opened up about what it’s like to be judged for losing weight.

Starting out at 420 lbs, Rosie lost her first 100 lbs naturally after leaving the TV show. She then decided to go in for a weight loss procedure to lose the next 150 lbs and eventually had a second procedure to get rid of 20 lbs of excess skin. It’s been a long process and one that has not lacked judgement from her peers.

She told Cosmopolitan,

“I was criticized like crazy for dropping the weight and accused of being ashamed of my body. It had nothing to do with shame or even wanting to have a better career. I just wanted to have a better life with spontaneity, the freedom to go zip-lining or ride a roller coaster, and take part in other experiences that I never had as a teenager because I’ve been overweight my entire life. It was never about being thin. It was just about being healthy with vitality and choices.”

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She’s also received a lot of criticism for her decision to go under the knife, but as she explains, the surgery was far from easy.

“Recovery took a lot of energy. I’d be tired after standing for 20 minutes. The hardest part was that I had to completely change my lifestyle from day one with a 30-day liquid diet designed to reteach my body how to eat, like a baby figuring out how to tolerate different foods. I progressed to soup, then protein shakes that got progressively thicker, then added mashed vegetables. I realized I couldn’t eat certain breads or anything high in sugar because I’d get dizzy and sweat like crazy.”

Thats sounds horrible! But despite all the pain she’s been through, Rosie is thrilled with her body and is grateful to be healthy.

“My body was never meant to be a size 0 or size 6, and I love representing the plus-size community. It’s just — a girl’s got hips! I’m never going to get rid of the hips, and I embrace it. I can do everything that you can do, I just have a bigger frame with curves and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.