How Ella healthily overcame stress and spreads positivity in every single way - Spotlight Series


If PumpUp were to have an award for Spreading Positivity all December, Ella (@ella_emilie) would absolutely be a front-runner. She has made so much progress with the help of PumpUp over the past 8 months! Not only has Ella overcome stress from school with the help of health and fitness, she’s having better control over binge eating and has the most inspirational advice to share—ever. 

The humdrum of Ella’s routine as a hardworking student almost got the best of her before she decided to join the PumpUp community 8 months ago. “My days felt meaningless and unfulfilling as I’d spend them in front of a computer screen or notebook, reading the same line over and over again,” she elaborated. “I found that my eating habits began to worsen and I never had enough energy to make it through the day.” 


Ella’s diet mimicked that of a typical ‘teenage diet’, which she describes as one in which a person eats and does whatever they want without a second thought. “I suffer with binge eating. When I start I simply cannot stop and I’d eat an entire packet of something simply because it was there,” she bravely confessed. What’s more, Ella’s sweet tooth proved to be her downfall when it came to snacking. Although she played soccer on a weekly basis since she was 8 years old, Ella admitted that she never truly felt fit and healthy. “I found myself losing control of my fitness more and more as the years progressed, as school became a massive burden that took up the majority of my time and energy,” she lamented. “It was an unfulfilling existence that never seemed to make me truly happy.

One fateful day, when Ella stumbled upon one of Carly Rowena’s videos that mentioned PumpUp, she decided to download the app to embark on a new journey. “From that point on, my lifestyle began to change…for the better!” she enthused. PumpUp has helped me understand the wonderful benefits of exercise and that is what has changed my perceptions about a healthy lifestyle. I exercise because I want to and because my body tells me I need to, not as a burden nor as a chore. Throughout all of my exam blocks from that point on, I was able to keep my nerves under control and keep by body fit and healthy thanks to the help of PumpUp.” The more that Ella began to put time and effort into appreciating and taking care of her body, the more she felt determined not to waste away her hard work and to make healthier options for a change. “Don’t get me wrong, I don’t by any means eat what others would consider to be a ‘healthy diet’, however I do my best to make better choices that I believe wouldn’t undermine the impact of my workouts.”


Her best advice other members looking to lead a healthy and more active life is to simply be themselves. “As cliché and obvious as that sounds, there is simply no point in trying to be something or someone you’re not because it’s just never going to happen,” she mused. “We all have unique qualities, and although fitness inspiration images will drive our determination, don’t let them define your determination.” Though Ella loves browsing through fitness inspiration pictures and can’t get enough of affirming and positive quotes, she knows that comparison is the thief of joy—she can only be the best version of herself. “As long as you’re working your absolute hardest, then that is all anyone can ever ask of you,” she said.

As Ella continues her journey with PumpUp, she strives to maintain a healthier lifestyle. “I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. My thighs have been my biggest point of anguish,” she confirmed. “I’ve tried my best to have a more positive attitude toward my body and fitness in general.”


In her estimation, Ella’s most outstanding accomplishment throughout her PumpUp journey is her experience meeting incredible people in the community. “Although some may find it strange that I feel so connected to people that I’ve never met before, I can honestly say that PumpUp has opened my eyes to wonderful people in this world,” she gushed. “People who support and motivate others with the kindest intentions. I love supporting and being supported throughout all my highs and my lows. My PumpUp fam is always there, eager to help me through any situation, and for that I am incredibly thankful.”

In addition to overcoming the hardships she experienced with school, Ella transcended the negativity from petty comments she would receive from other people. “Having found myself in terms of fitness and having achieved many of my goals, I believe I have in fact come out on top,” she affirmed. ‘I have never been the loud mouthed girl, but rather the quiet achiever. To finally gain recognition for my personal successes honestly feels incredible.” She’s achieved all of the goals she set out to accomplish in her PumpUp biography: “I’m doing it for the ‘damn, she got hot’ this summer. I’m doing it because they don’t think I can. I’m doing it for me. All of these goals are ones that I feel I have achieved.”

Ella’s biggest motivation comes from her PumpUp family—regardless of age, shape, size, or country. “I absolutely love observing and acknowledging the progress of such incredible women who inspire me on a daily basis,” she gleamed. “I am so honoured to be part of a community that glorifies and supports anyone and everyone who is willing to better themselves. In particular, my girls: @freakindee, @_harleyjade_, @carmony, @prescilladeschenes, @firandfabmary, @kathreena, and so many more may be considered my key sources of motivation.”

Ella’s favourite snack

“I haven’t been much of a cook as of late, but in the summer I’m in love with frozen grapes and iced lemon & mint water/crushes.”

Motivational Mantra

“Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you”  — because the only person who can change your life for better or worse is YOU.’ This is something I’ve come to learn recently and as difficult and confronting as it may be, it’s the harsh reality of life that we all need to come to terms with. We are responsible for our actions, our attitudes and for ourselves.”

Favourite PumpUp Routine

“I love the Total Ripper PumpUp workout and enjoy variations of it according to my time limitations. I thoroughly enjoy PumpUp’s tailored workouts that allow me to personalize and target certain aspects of my body, making it a more enjoyable experience.


More about Ella

“I love skiing, even though there isn’t a lot of quality snow here in Australia and have done so for about ten year now. I have been skiing in America which was fantastic and will be returning there in January 2015. I hope to one day ski in Europe and Japan in order to get some worldly experiences.”

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