Conner Rensch, whose 130-pound weight loss has inspired people across the country, is featured in People magazine’s annual Half Their Size issue for a second time.
In the magazine, on newsstands through June, the Omaha woman recaps her journey of struggling with her weight and bullying. She appeared alongside a handful of other people who were featured in previous issues of People.
In the “How They’re Doing” piece, she also shares a sampling of the six small meals she eats to stay on track — salmon with broccoli as well as turkey breast with unsalted nuts and sliced cucumber are on the list.
Rensch, 27, first appeared in the magazine — and on its cover — in December 2014.
Being featured a second time took Rensch by surprise. Although keeping it a secret was tough.
“It’s like lightning striking twice,” Rensch said. “It’s so cool and so nice.”
After her freshman year of college, Rensch started working with a nutritionist and trainer. The 5-foot-10-inch hairstylist went from 271 pounds to 141 pounds. The current issue notes that she's since lost one more pound.
Rensch later competed in a figure competition, taking first place in the transformation makeover division. It was the first time she wore a bikini in public.
Since losing the weight, she had skin removal surgery and has recently had her stretch marks tattooed to blend into her skin.
Rensch continues to speak about her weight loss, as well as her experience with bullying. She shares messages of self-esteem and self-love on her social media accounts and at schools.
“One of the things I’ve learned through my weight loss process is to really be kind to yourself and love yourself from the inside out,” Rensch said. “To know there’s someone who has gone through it and come out a better person because of it, it feels really good.”