Gaining Weight. The Reverse Transformation from ED to Healthy
Many people who start exercising are doing it to lose weight. Makes sense right? But did you know that there are a set of people who are looking to GAIN WEIGHT? Nope I’m not talking about bodybuilder mass gainer types…I’m talking about thin girls.
Some girls are born naturally thin and can’t gain weight no matter they eat! I have some Asian girl friends that can eat In n Out like no tomorrow (4×4’s anyone?) and have been the same size 00 since high school with NO workout regimen! Jelly? Yes and no. But we can get into that later!
But then you have another type of thin girl. The one that purposely denies herself of food to achieve a waif-like runway model body. Why?
Today I want to introduce you to POPsters Jaime and Stephanie who both struggled with a serious eating disorder (ED) – sometimes only eating 300 calories a day. I want you to see first hand how they ended up GAINING WEIGHT and restructuring a healthy body image.
In her own words…
POPster Jaime’s Story (picture above)
My name is Jaime and I’m 19 years old. I started having body image issues in high school. I was the super over achiever – captain of the cheerleading team, all honors classes, and a bazillion clubs. I had a lot of pressure to be my very best all the time.
I eventually started taking this pressure and started applying it to my body. I wanted to be the best Flyer I could be in cheerleading my senior year. I assumed better = lighter weight.
The extreme dieting began when I started to follow thinspo accounts. I looked up the fastest ways to lose weight online. I eventually began skipping breakfast and lunch, going to a 3 hour cheer practice, coming home to run, and only eating dinner so my parents wouldn’t get worried.
I weighed myself as much as I could. Eventually my life became revolved around how I could lose the next pound. Every time I lost another pound, it would make me feel extremely accomplished and motivated to keep going.
In college, I no longer had my group – I was no longer “the cheerleader”. I felt pretty lost so I decided maybe I could be “the fit girl”. I wanted to be the girl that you saw running around campus all the time and eating salads in the cafeteria. My long term-boyfriend noticed a problem.
That summer, I began skipping meals and exercising A LOT. I lost about 12 pounds which was very significant on my already small frame.
In the fall of sophomore year, my boyfriend and I got into more arguments about my health and it broke my heart to see him so upset. So one day I woke up and said, “I’m not going to do this to myself any more. I deserve to be healthy AND happy.”
I stopped counting my calories cold turkey and I went on a somewhat of a personal journey to find my niche at the gym. I took every class possible. If there is one thing I’ve learned from fitness it’s if you don’t love what you’re doing, you won’t stick with it. I found out that I actually LOVED lifting weights. I love feeling stronger. I loved what it was doing to my body. I also fell in love with yoga and Pilates through YouTube. I began doing Blogilates videos daily.
Blogilates is a fabulous support system because everyone on the app is striving for the same goal – health and happiness! It makes my whole day when someone comments on one of my posts. Everyone is so positive and supportive in the Blogilates community.
Since then, I’ve gained about 15 pounds and my body fat percentage has not changed. I FEEL AMAZING. I have so much energy.
I now do Blogilates videos 4 times per week before class, I do Crossfit twice a week, and yoga when I have time. I also love to walk and hike. I have YOLO meals without regrets and I find joy in eating healthy in fitness.
Today my major is exercise-science and pre-occupational therapy.
Jaime’s Advice for battling your ED…
I have two equally important pieces of advice.
1.) You NEED a support system. While YOU are going to have to work for recovery, it helps so much to have people supporting you. No one has to go through this alone. The more I looked for healthy support, the more I found it.
2.) Get rid of all negative influences. I had to go through all of my social media and unfollow all unhealthy sources of motivation. I unfollowed any account that posted thinspo or unhealthy dieting. I began to follow accounts that showed girls that had recovered and accounts that posted pictures of yummy healthy food.
Jaime’s Daily Diet Snapshot!
And this isn’t even all of it haha. I try to focus on whole foods and thats about it :)I eat about 6 times per day.
Fave YOLO food: I LOVE FRIED PICKLES. I also love cheesecake too!
Fave Blogilates videos:
The Beyonce Bootylicious Bum Butt Badonkadonk Bonanza!
and POP Pilates: Back on Fire! (and like all the rest duh)
If you have any questions for Jaime or want to add her to your support system, here are her social media accounts:
Jaime’s Insta: @healthyjaime
Jaime’s Blog: www.healthyjaime.tumblr.com
POPster Stephanie’s Story
I fell into an eating disorder when I moved to Orlando with my ex boyfriend. I had no friends or family there and I was very alone. I became depressed and felt worthless. He would ignore me very often and I had it set in my mind that my weight was why. So I stopped eating.
It got so bad – I only ate exactly 300 calories a day. It was one Grilled chicken pita and nothing else! I had severe body dysmorphia and was convinced I had so much fat on my body at only 89 pounds. It was hard for me to get through this as I had no one there.
But one day I told myself I needed to eat, and slowly, with my own willpower, I started to get myself back on track. Now, don’t go thinking I’m some superhero. I relapsed about 7 times where I dropped weight again. Then I yoyo’d up. It was a constant battle.
My heaviest weight was 134 before I found Blogilates. I was working out but not as effectively as I should have. I was also very self-conscious. Once I found Blogilates and how beautiful and confident Cassey was, I went on her website and found a clean eating 90 day meal plan for FREE! I figured this would be a perfect way to teach me how to eat healthier and cook healthier.
So that’s exactly what I did.
I completed the whole 90 day challenge and dropped 14 lbs to to 121 lbs!!! My abs were toning up and my legs were getting so muscular! My confidence was through the roof.
I constantly posted before and afters of myself on my Instagram as motivation to other women that YES WE CAN DO THIS! WE ARE ALL AMAZING AND STRONG!!
Then I did the 12-Week New Body Makeover Program, ate clean, delicious, filling meals, and guess what? I am now down to 109 with muscle all over! I’m at 18% body fat and am absolutely in heaven with how much my body has transformed.
I feel sooooo energetic, confident and happy. People actually ask me for advice on my workouts and how I eat now!
Stephanie’s Advice for overcoming your ED…
My best advice for anyone with an eating disorder, is to seek help. No one who loves you will judge you. They want to help you, not hurt you. I wish that I had someone there to talk to and help me through it. I do now with my family whenever I feel like I am going to relapse. Seek support from recovering people. We have been through it and we can help you! We understand what you are going through! What really helped me was seeing pictures of super fit and curvy women. It made me want to be more fit and less skinny :)
Fave YOLO meal: PANCAKES!!! Omg I love pancakes. Usually during the week I make the 2 eggs and 1 banana pancakes, but on the weekends I add flour and cinnamon and blueberries and syrup and it’s OH SO GOOD!!!
Fave Blogilates video: Well first it was Applause Arms, but NOW I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOT SUMMER!!!! I don’t look nearly as elegant but I love the sweat!!
If you have any questions for Stephanie or want to add her to your support system, here are her social media accounts:
Stephanie’s Twitter: @stephaniehvsn
Stephanie’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephaniehvsn
I hope you guys know that the Blogilates Community is made up of people who are here to be your friends and help you reach your goals – sincerely, genuinely, and jealousy aside. So take advantage of this! You can find so many amazing POPsters in the App, at all exercise levels.
Love hearing your stories guys. If you have a transformation you want to share with me, please send an email to [email protected] with pics.