How MaShunda Combatted Depression with the help of PumpUp - Spotlight Series


Tired short-term, ‘quick-fix’ solutions, MaShunda (@shundyg) decided to join the PumpUp community in September 2014 in search of consistent motivation to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle. Ever heard of the lemonade diet, military diet, and ‘cabbage soup’ diet? MaShunda has tried them all. “They would only work for a little while, but I was not healthy,” she explained. “I felt fatigued and flabby.” Our app is the only social network that she uses! “So far, it has been completely life-changing,” she professed. “I try to stay away from social sites because of the negativity that they manifest, but I don’t know what I would do day to day without PumpUp.” 

While she’s still making progress toward her goal, that doesn’t stop MaShunda from shining brightly in the PumpUp spotlight. She has been able to alleviate her depression with the help of our app’s positive and supportive community. “There are people out there with real-life issues and I want them to know that there is hope in turning their lives around,” she declared. "You don’t have to stay depressed and overweight. I’m not perfect, but I want to help others with my story." Learn more about her down below!


MaShunda’s wellbeing has considerably improved since she became an active member of the PumpUp community.  With support and encouragement from other members, MaShunda has been able to make better choices related to her physical and mental health. “Depression is a sickness that takes over the mind and body,” she revealed. “My depression caused me to resort to unhealthy things such as binge eating and drinking.”  She now looks at life from a much more positive perspective and has ceased these habits since she began her health and wellness journey. “I currently go through depression moments but I’m quickly pulled out of that dark place when I log onto PumpUp,” she confirmed. “It truly keeps me going. Everyone is so uplifting and sometimes I cry when I read the kind words under my posts.” Now that she couples healthy eating habits and regular exercise with her prescribed medication, MaShunda’s formerly high blood pressure has been normal for months now. “I’m not as easily tempted by food anymore,” she asserted. “I’ve learned to be patient and to not rush weight loss—I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was.”


She currently exercises as much as 5 days a week and is always looking for new ways to incorporate physical activity into her schedule, at times working out with routines on the PumpUp app. “I exercise with a dumbbell weight for strength training and my cardio consists of running on the treadmill for 15-30 minutes or 30-45 minutes on the elliptical,” she elaborated. “So far, I have gained muscle and strength in my shoulders, back, and calves since September.” As she continues her journey on PumpUp, MaShunda is focused on becoming a better runner, improving her resistance training, and plans to lose more fat around her thigh and stomach area. Her progress absolutely shows—she looks stunning! MaShunda urges other members to be patient with their transformation “Don’t always depend on the scale and don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t see changes right away,” she insisted. “Try to stay consistent with your meals and workouts for a few weeks to see how they work for you.”

Her biggest motivation is an expert trainer named Massiel “Mankofit” Arias, who began her health and wellness journey under circumstances that are quite similar to MaShunda’s. “I truly admire her and her background,” she professed. “She also used to be very depressed and after learning her story, it motivated me to get up and try to do something about my situation. My journey is not over. I’m nowhere near where I want to be but I am loving life and I no longer hate myself, now that I’ve found PumpUp and Mankofit.”


MaShunda’s Eats

An average breakfast for MaShunda consists of an egg white veggie omelet with coffee, green or herbal tea or fruit protein smoothie. Lunch and dinner are both packed with protein: baked chicken breast with steamed veggies and brown rice for the former and green salad, grape tomatoes, and baked chicken for the latter.  Her snacks include fresh fruit or a piece of cheese and almonds. “I also love Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Protein 100% Whey powder, the Cellulor C-4 pre-workout mix, Nature Valley protein bars, and Greek yogurt with one pack of stevia and fresh fruit,” she elaborated. 

Motivational Mantra

“You only live once…but if you do it right…once is enough,” – Mae West


More about MaShunda

“I’m always smiling. Even when I’m sad. People are constantly telling me this! I’m a certified radiology technologist. I have worked in a very popular Sports medicine and Orthopaedic office for 10 surgeons, performing diagnostic x-rays. I’m married to my high school sweetheart of 11 years and have 2 wonderful children. I love to read books as a hobby I’m my spare time when I’m not using that time to workout. I love to cook. Funny thing is, I didn’t want to learn to cook when my mom tried to teach me! 

Keep MaShunda pumped up on the app @shundyg and connect with her as she progresses along her health and wellness journey.