Peter Kraus

found the sunshine throughout a very dark time.

On Wednesday, The Bachelorette fan favorite opened up up about his two-year struggle by having an eating disorders that started as he was twenty years old and attempting to make it within the modeling industry.

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To be sure, he’s since upon the market from modeling (unless of course you include revealing abs on Instagram) &#8212 and that he is feeling more grateful than ever before for hitting “very cheap” since it brought him to his current career in fitness.

The truth star shared on social networking alongside some sexy snaps:

11 years ago I began a modeling career that took me all over the world. I called five different cities in three amazing countries home over a six year span. I met dozens of amazing people with whom I made life long friends and unforgettable memories. But what I am most thankful for from my 9 year career (2 years since retired), is my introduction to fitness. At the age of 20 I had developed an eating disorder while blindly attempting to keep up with the level of fitness of my fellow models and competitors. For two years I struggled in silence, always trying but never knowing how to compete with my counterparts. In the winter of 2007 I hit rock bottom and decided that it was finally time to take charge of my health and fitness and learn how to do things the right way. So I enrolled myself in the dietetics program at MATC and graduated with honors, my first PT job, and my first @ironmantri under my belt two years later. So on this #WorkoutWednesday I say thank you to a career that taught me so much, that while now retired, is still fun to go back to from time to time to do things the RIGHT way. If it weren’t for hitting “rock bottom” I never would have had this amazing hill of life to climb back up. So embrace the shit some times. Learn from it, pick your ass up off the floor and get moving forward and upward again. Some times from the darkest places shines the brightest light. Thank you @mattmonathphoto for the 📸📸😘A publish shared by Peter J Kraus (@peterkrauswi) on 12 , 6, 2017 at 8:46am PST

So happy he earned it on the top!

Always an essential indication to look after your mental, not only physical, health.

[Image via Instagram.]

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