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Jessica Thompson

24! Yoga/meditation teacher. Therapeutic mentor for kids/teens. Mental health advocate. Vegan. Health and fitness saved my life. BOSTON, MA

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What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Take a deep breath and just start. Because the lifestyle is new, your body may perceive it as a threat. You will feel uncomfortable, frustrated, you may want to give up. But if I have learned anything over the past 7 years of my journey - nothing feels as good as overcoming the limitations created within your own mind. My final piece of advice? Do everything with loving intention. Eat, sleep, and exercise with love, even speak about yourself with love. Your body can tell the difference. :)

How does fitness positively influence your life?

At 17 I was the polar opposite of active. I was clinically depressed, ate primarily fast food and didn't exercise. I had survived suicide attempts, significant trauma, and abuse. In fact, fitness was the first thing in my life made me feel worthy and helped me begin to love not only my body, but who I am inside. I began lifting, boxing, running, doing yoga, meditating, and healing my inner child. I lost 40 lbs. I felt strong. I knew no one could steal my power from me ever, ever again.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I would donate $10,000 to The LoveLand Foundation, a non-profit organization that financially supports Black women and girls to receive therapy. I am incredibly passionate about mental health, and through my fundraiser this past June my online community and I were able to raise $2,800 towards this organization. It would be a dream to be able to donate again. I would use the rest of the money towards my business, as I am self-employed and am excitedly growing my yoga and meditation teachings!