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Jasmine Harman, 45, has explained how she gained weight after she turned to food for “comfort” during the last coronavirus lockdown where she was unable to film episodes of A Place In The Sun. The TV presenter shared that she was left feeling “pretty low” after the government enforced a mandatory lockdown to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19 for the third time just after Christmas last year.
I was in tears
Jasmine began to feel “ashamed” after gaining weight and “hid” behind old photos of herself on social media.
The mum of two decided to share a side-by-side comparison of herself before the lockdown and during the restrictions, in order to encourage others to embrace their body changes during what has been an unprecedented time for many.
However, Jasmine admitted feeling slightly “nervous” over sharing her figure on social media with her 76,800 followers.
Opening up on her mindset behind being open with fans about her weight gain, she explained: “I was feeling pretty low to be honest. So yeah I was really nervous, it took me a long time to get the courage.
“I thought, I’m hiding behind social media. I was sharing old pictures from shows that I filmed ages ago because I was basically ashamed of myself.
“I felt ashamed of how I had let myself go especially as beforehand I had done a couple of interviews and a couple of photoshoots where I had been working out a lot and I was really happy and I wasn’t having to deprive myself of anything.
“I felt like I had finally found that magic balance of wanting to eat junk food and eating healthily.”
Now Jasmine is keen to get back to her gym-honed physique as lockdown has begun to lift and gyms around the country have finally re-opened.
She continued: “I want to get back to that but nobody expected all this to happen, I’ve fallen off the wagon.
“I lost my motivation basically. I started comfort eating because I was feeling down,” Jasmine added.
Since uploading the candid post on Instagram, it has received over 11,000 likes and hundreds of comments praising the TV star for her sincere “honesty”.
Jasmine says her integrity is “really important” and she tries to be honest with fans online amid a constant stream of edited images being uploaded.
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The property expert shared: “It was scary to share that post, but my integrity is really important to me, and when I read some of the comments on it, I was in tears.
“I was absolutely… I thought everyone is so nice and a lot of people said it really helped them.
“It’s really hard because it’s ingrained into you from a very young age, to have insecurities, about your body and about yourself.
“I’m sure a lot of people who don’t look the way society tells them to be who have managed to find ways to be really positive about their bodies and loving and accepting themselves, but I’m not there yet,” she admitted.
Jasmine has struggled over the past year, after lockdown stopped her from being able to film episodes of A Place In The Sun, as she reflected on being “virtually unemployed” in a recent Instagram post.
Jasmine typed: “For the most part, mine is a job I can’t really do from home.
“So I welcomed having some VO to record today in my little home studio, as I’ve been virtually unemployed so far this year!
“Unless you count being a (lousy) teacher during home-schooling!”
The presenter is married to cameraman Jon Boast and the couple have two children – Joy and Albion.
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