How Marita Reclaimed Her Health After an Ankle Injury

"I've always been 'The Fat One'," recalled Marita. "I was bullied when I was younger and I started dieting when I was 12 years old. I've never been quite happy with myself, except from 2011-2012. I was what I considered to be a healthy weight, and I was happy with my body." After an ankle surgery made exercising nearly impossible for Marita, she fell into a deep depression because of all the weight she gained. "I started to eat more junk food and my weight started increasing," she remembered. "I had [to use] antidepressants to get through the day. My clothes no longer fit, I could not look at myself while I was showering, and for awhile, I dreaded having my boyfriend look at my body."

The more Marita felt bad about her body image, the more she turned to sweet and salty snacks for consolation. When Marita recovered from her injury, she didn't have the support to sustain any healthy habits over a long period of time. "I didn't lose much weight because of my lack of motivation and on-and-off eating habits," she shared. "I tended to reward myself with sweets. I worked out about 3 times a week, with light-to-moderate effort and ate about 1200 calories a day, which I now think is far too little."

In June 2015, Marita joined the PumpUp community after a friend recommended it to her. "One of the hardest things I've ever done [has been] posting my weight in a public place," she shared. "It's always been one of my biggest insecurities. I started using PumpUp because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone by posting pictures of my body and by [sharing] my journey with somebody other than myself."

With the help of PumpUp, Marita finally found the motivation that she needed to maintain a healthier relationship with food and exercise. Now, she works out at least 5 times a week, she fuels up on 2,000 calories of nutritious meals every day, and she hardly ever allows excuses to obstruct her progress. "When I first [joined] PumpUp, I never thought that I'd find so many loving and motivating people," she revealed. "I've been overwhelmed by all of the kind and motivating comments on my pictures. I really feel accepted in this community."

Moving forward, Martia hopes to show other PumpUp members that a number on a scale isn't a measure of self-worth. While her 13-lb. weight loss may seem like a small transformation, Marita gained so much more than what any scale can reveal. "It just means that I've gained some muscle," she insisted. "Muscle weights more than fat! I can finally say that I'm comfortable with my body."

Marita is most motivated by herself, and the progress that she makes with her strength, confidence, and endurance. "When I can't see results and I'm feeling down, my boyfriend always motivates me to keep going," she mentioned. "All the amazing people on PumpUp are a great source of motivation. I always want to go the extra mile when I open PumpUp and see all the great accomplishments and motivating words and pictures that people are posting."

Marita's Best Advice

Don't be too hard on yourself and find something you like to do. While some people might like Zumba, others might prefer hardcore strength training. The most important thing is that you do something that works for you.

Plan your week. After I started planning my week and my workouts, I started to accomplish a lot more. You won't have the excuse that you don't "have time" because you already planned your day. 

Push yourself! This is important. Try to challenge yourself with every workout. For example, I like to set a goal for how much I lift. For example, today, I set a goal to lift 2.5 kg more than last time I did this exercise.

Set goals! And not just one goal, like losing 10 kg (22 lbs). Try to set goals like running 5 kilometres, being able to do a pull-up, fitting into a pair of jeans etc. And set a deadline! A goal without a deadline is just a wish.

Marita's Meals

I eat quite a lot. For breakfast, I might have some eggs and bacon, a whole-wheat tortilla pizza, greek yoghurt with chia seeds, or a bowl of oats.

For lunch, I mostly have something similar to what I'll have at breakfast, just a bit more of it. I also love to make protein-pancakes or something as simple as crackers with goat-cheese.

For dinner, I'm all about making "unhealthy" foods healthy. Cheeseburgers, for example. It's really all about which sides you choose, and how much fat is in your meat. I also eat tacos, chicken with rice/pasta, thai-foods, etc. 

My night-snack is the same almost everyday, a bowl of peach-flavored quark.

Marita's Workouts

I work out about 5 times a week, mainly strength training. I focus on cardio roughly twice a week. I also try to finish every workout with 10-20 minutes of high intensity cardio.

My routine looks something like this: Monday: Legs, focus on hams and glutes. Finish with 10 minutes hard elliptical Tuesday: 1 hour cardio, usually while watching something at my phone (haha). Wednesday: Back and shoulders, finishing with gerilja-intervals Thursday: Rest day Friday: Legs, focus on quads and glutes. Some core-workout as well Saturday: Explosive workout. This is a really effective workout! Burpees, jump-squats and etc. Sunday: Rest day

More about Marita

I am currently studying to become a rehab trainer and nutritionist. In September 2016 I will start studying to become a personal trainer as well.

When I finish school, I want to become a physiotherapist and start my own practice where I can merge being a personal trainer, a rehab trainer, a nutritionist and a physiotherapist.

Keep Marita pumped! Find her on the app @fattygetsfit and leave positive words of encouragement for her down below.