Spotlight Series: Caitlyn H.

Today on the #PumpUpBlog we have one determined and super positive PumpUp member, @cait1ynmarie. She has taken her weight loss tactics to the next level! Caitlyn and her Dad have started a 90-day weight loss challenge to start living a better, healthier life. We’re going to tell you all you need to know about Caitlyn and her journey! 

Caitlyn joined PumpUp at the end of May on recommendation from YouTuber, Melissa Raymond.  She tells us, “Melissa made a video about her weekly favourites & PumpUp was the first thing that she mentioned. She was absolutely raving about it. So before the video could even end, I signed up, made a profile, and here we are!”

Before PumpUp, Caitlyn wasn’t living the healthiest of lives. She proclaims herself as a full on, “Coach Potato.” Caitlyn shares with us, “I am a very bad binge eater, and not so quick to admit it. I was eating 2-3 times more than I should have been every day. But only if I was alone where no one could see me, that is when I would stuff my face.”

Food used to be a major part of Caitlyn’s life that was often holding her back from doing more and being more. She says, “food has been my support system and my escape for the past 17 years.” As for Caitlyn’s exercise it was Non-existent. “There have been times if I got up too fast to go to the bathroom or to the kitchen, I could get winded. My day consisted of food, food, and more food. I would wake up with half of the day gone already, and just start to eat, pretty much until my dad got home. Then when he went to bed, I would start eating again usually until I went to bed. I would tell myself it was okay because it wasn’t grease covered food.”

Caitlyn’s battle with food and exercise took a turn for the better once she became a part of the PumpUp Family.  Caitlyn tells us, “after making a PumpUp account I have started a raw food diet, which I am actually doing very well on and have already lost a bit of weight! My exercise is still not where I would like it to be but better than what it used to be and I love to take my dog for walks around the neighbourhood.” Caitlyn’s mantra is taking it one day at a time, and so far it has been working great!

Need some motivation? While Caitlyn’s got you covered! She says, “my best advice to anyone is to just go for it. If you doubt yourself you might not try because you have the mentality that you can’t do it. But YOU can. Everyone can. I’m not going to say that everything is going to be super easy with no worries and no stress. Every hour of every day is hard. Nothing gets easier, but you get stronger. If you mess up one day, don’t let that stop yourself from moving forward. Everyone has a slip, but the thing you have to remember is to get back up, brush off your shoulders and start again. I would love to say that there is always a tomorrow, but that’s not true. Tomorrow is never promised and it never will be. So if there is something in your life that you don’t like change it. Stop waiting around and get up and do it!” WOW. Wise words, Caitlyn – everyone needs to live this way!

This is a pic of the 90-Day Challenge Caitlyn and her Dad decided to embark on. Although according to Caitlyn the challenge got off to a bit of a rough start it is going much better now that they are totally serious about losing weight and being healthier. She says,  “my dad and I are very much alike in our personalities and sadly, our health. So I figured it couldn’t hurt us to try! Plus, who doesn’t love a little friendly competition?” Wondering what the prize will be for the winner of this weight loss challenge? “We have yet to figure out a prize for the winner, but I think in the end we’d both be getting the Grand Prize. That being the satisfaction of accomplishing something that we have both have put off for so long, & being able to say that, ‘Yes, I did it.’” 

Caitlyn’s Favourites:

Fave Food: “I just love food! My absolute favorite kind of food is Chinese. I am a sucker for anything Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Thai & sushi related, which most of the time can mean not the healthiest thing to eat. I also love anything with beef or chicken – I am definitely a meat and potatoes type of girl, but I do LOVE my salads.”

“If we are talking semi healthy, my favorite snacks would be probably like guacamole & pico de gallo. I also really like fruits & veggies and love cottage cheese!”

Caitlyn has an awesome “Italian Chicken Sandwich” recipe creation with potato bites and green beans. Sounds awesome right? Ask her on PumpUp on how to make it!

Favourite Drink: “Has got to be water. It’s easy, no calories and very refreshing. Iced tea is another one of my faves, and & my mom raised me to be a milk lovin’ girl!”

Favourite Motivational Saying: “Do it for the “Holy shit, you got hot!” Not the most deep or thoughtful saying but it’s one that I honestly love! It is the wallpaper on my phone and I can’t wait to hear it.”

Fave Exercises: “I like to lift weights and love running around with my dog! My work also keeps me on my feet all day!”

Favourite Part of PumpUp: “The Community, by far. The other members have been so inspirational and motivating towards me, which is something that I have never really been used to. Obviously my family has supported me but there is something different about hundreds; even thousands of people rooting for you, giving you that motivation & helping you reach your goals. It is so fulfilling. We are working to be better versions of ourselves. We want to become something that maybe people have said we couldn’t become, or couldn’t do. Maybe we are the ones who have engraved these thoughts into our heads and we want to prove them wrong. We can all do this together.”

Want to Know More About Caitlyn?

“I love being outside at the lake or on the water and I love driving boats. I actually got my boating license before my driving one! I would live on the lake if it were an option! I also love to cook and try out new recipes, which I think got me in a little bit of trouble but I can laugh about it now! :) I honestly love being with family. To me, family is definitely the most important and comes before anything else!”

What motivates Caitlyn is her brother! She shares, “my biggest motivation is definitely my brother, and I don’t think he even knows that. He’s always been the one that I’ve looked up to, no matter what. I think the one thing that I look forward to the most is just hearing him say that he’s proud of me and proud of what I have accomplished. He’s the reason that I want to prove every thought, every comment, and every hurtful person wrong. He’s the reason why I refuse to give up this time, no matter how rough it gets.”

Making a change isn’t easy and Caitlyn tells us that the biggest thing she has had to overcome on her journey is actually herself! “I have given up on myself numerous times, telling myself that I wasn’t good enough or it’ll never happen; that I should just quit because I’m not going to finish anyway so what’s one more cookie or one more piece of pizza? I have always been my toughest critic and a very harsh one at that. Finally I realized that I needed to find the motivation to get up off my butt and fix myself. I realized that I was killing myself with all of the crap that I have been putting into my body.” Caitlyn isn’t even exaggerating about the food killing herself as she let us know, “I’m borderline diabetic at 17. That is a very tough thing to hear. What is even worse was that night when I found out I stuffed my face with food while everyone was asleep. Food was my comfort. I just had to tell myself that enough was enough and I needed to change. Going on the same route I was going on wasn’t an option for me; it isn’t an option for me.”

Caitlyn’s goals with this health journey? She tells us, “I want to get to that point in my life where I am happy. To look in the mirror and like what I see.” PumpUp is here to help you accomplish this Caitlyn, and the rest of the community is 100% behind you. Caitlyn is already on her way; since the challenge started she has lost 12 pounds. She says, “Without PumpUp I probably wouldn’t have because I probably would have broke. But I haven’t and I don’t plan to as long as this app and the supportive people are around me.”

Caitlyn, we want to tell you that you are such a great motivator yourself! Keep up the hard work; we want to see you healthy and happy, and we are rooting for you to kick butt in your 90-day challenge! You got this girl! Follow @cait1ynmarie to be inspired and check out how she is doing with her challenge to get fit!