Written by Zoë Holloway, September 30, 2016

Married at First Sight star Monica Vanderkley has opened up about her ‘constant’ battle with her body.

In a candid Instagram post, the 28-year-old has admitted that looking back on old photos of herself, ‘It’s hard to believe how small I was and how easy it is to lose perspective’.

‘My GP warned that if I didn’t gain weight, it could lead to infertility,’ Monica went on to explain

The comments spurred her to make drastic lifestyle changes, and now the reality star proudly shows off her healthy figure through a slew of posts on her Instagram.

While her post cautioned people to be mindful of what they’re doing to their bodies, she finished on a positive note.

‘I’m a big believer in loving your body for what it is. We are all beautiful and unique and comparing ourselves to others is both unrealistic and harmful,’ she wrote.

‘I’m a massive health and fitness advocate, and I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved and how far I’ve come, but I’m still a work in progress. Never judge a book by its cover and never assume you understand what battles somebody else is fighting.’

‘Celebrate what you have. Be thankful for your health and do what makes you happy. Surround yourself with positive people. To self love!’ she concluded.

We couldn’t agree more, Monica!

On the left I was 10kg lighter and believed I looked great. On the right it was 5 years later and I was sprinting the last km of my first ever #marathon – being stronger, mentally and physically. 💪💪 On the left I was engaged in a constant battle with my body. My GP warned that if I didn't gain weight, it could lead to infertility, and this is what catapulted me into making changes. Looking back now it's hard to believe how small I was and how easy it is to lose perspective. Positive body image is such a challenge for so many of us. It's often weight loss stories which we celebrate and little fanfare is given to weight gain, when often the reverse situation is just as tough, and can have such dire consequences. I'm a big believer in loving your body for what it is. We are all beautiful and unique and comparing ourselves to others is both unrealistic and harmful. I'm a massive health and fitness advocate, and I'm so proud of what I've achieved and how far I've come, but I'm still a work in progress. Never judge a book by its cover and never assume you understand what battles somebody else is fighting. Just because somebody is slim doesn't mean they aren't fighting demons. Just because somebody is larger doesn't indicate that they dislike their body. Celebrate what you have. Be thankful for your health and do what makes you happy. Surround yourself with positive people. To self love! ✌💕 #love #bodyimage #health #fitness #healthy #fit #ed #recovery #diet #dieting #food #exercise #selflove #bbg #positivity #strength #recovery #women #training #support #weight #friends #orthorexia #Me #happy #life #beautiful #smile #fun

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