Back in 2011, Kailin Turner was married to a soldier who was deployed in the Navy. While her husband was away, she decided that she would surprise him when he got home by getting fit and healthy. At nearly 196 pounds, Kailin was not in the best health, and she wanted to present her hubby as a brand-new woman for his homecoming. She dedicated herself to eating right and using Beachbody programs like P90X and Insanity.
In the eighth week of her regimen, her husband - who'd been deployed nearly four months at the time - sent her an email asking for a divorce.
Naturally, the news was devastating to her. Still, she decided that she'd come too far in her personal journey to quit now. She decided to document her workouts as she sweated and cried through them, simultaneously exorcising her excess weight along with the emotional baggage of divorce. "If I can do this being a military wife with a husband deployed, and on top of that this morning finding out that he wants to divorce me," she says with tears in her eyes, "then anybody can get out and do their workout."
Looking back, she says she realized that she was obviously overweight, but what was worse was that throughout her marriage, she progressively started taking less care of herself. She was addicted to junk food, ate out nearly every meal, and consumed lots of sugary drinks, which eventually led to her weighing nearly 200 pounds.
After four long years of hard work, she checks back in on camera, and her transformation is beyond stunning! Kailin went from a size 18 to a size 2, and even started competing in fitness competitions. "To stand in front of this mirror and see what kind of work I put in and see it in front of me is something I never, ever, ever thought I could do when I was 196 pounds," she says. "If you're a woman and you're not confident, I want you to realize that you are amazing, and you are beautiful."