“I convinced myself that I was a ‘big-boned’ girl who would always be big, and that losing weight was impossible,” remembered Emilie. Though she exercised 3 days a week and was conscious about her intake of food, she slipped up when it came to indulgences. Multiple tablespoons of Nutella, snack packets, and quick-fix dinners were commonplace for Emilie. “I would binge on junk food multiple times per week,” she recalled. “I was in denial about the effects that a few unhealthy choices here and there had on my weight and overall dissatisfaction with my appearance.” 

So far, Emilie lost 69 lbs on her own. She became mindful of her snacking habits and works out 6 days per week, with each session consisting of 45 minutes of cardio followed by 30 to 45 minutes of weight training.  Emilie joined PumpUp mid-way through her fitness journey in order to connect with other like-minded people. "I originally joined PumpUp a few years ago when I wanted to lose weight, however I never got around to actively using it or losing the weight,” she mentioned. "I went back on and discovered an amazingly supportive community that caters to my goals and motivations. Though I had already lost 50lbs by the time I joined [the] second time, I was encouraged to keep going and to stay motivated with other users' posts. I realized how much I enjoyed seeing other people's fitness lifestyles and I felt free of judgement as I would feel on other social media apps."

Although Emilie had to deal with her fair share of criticism, she takes negative comments with a grain of salt. "People now seem to find it okay to discuss my weight openly and judge what I eat or how often I train,” she said. "They will criticize me if they see me eat a salad by saying things like 'Don't you get tired of eating that? What are you - a rabbit?'. When I have my weekly cheat treat or if I happen to steal one fry off of someone's plate, they'll say 'Oh no! Don't eat that! You don't want to go back!' I am more than my weight loss. I am more than my appearance and I know what I'm doing. I've lost 69lbs on my own. I think by now, I know what works and what doesn’t."

Moving forward, Emilie hopes to inspire other people to believe that their goals are achievable. "I also hope to continue to learn from others and keep finding new tips and tricks as my goals evolve,” she mentioned. "I have already found such a loving and supportive community that I know I will accomplish these goals."

Emilie’s Diet Now

"A typical day when I do not work consists of a smoothie made with berries, a banana and egg whites with a black coffee. Then I would head over to the dog park with my big chocolate labrador Bailey (she's also my fitness partner when I jog!) for an hour/hour and a half. Then I would eat a protein bar and head to the gym for an hour and a half. I come back home to do chores or whatever is on the agenda for that day, eat dinner which is often lean protein such as chicken or fish with a large helping of steamed veggies or a garden salad (I do not eat carbs often at dinner) followed by something sweet, like a Kashi granola bar. I also love to drink a green tea during the evening, it curbs my desire to snack. On days that I work, my eating habits remain the same however I would work out after work."

Emilie’s Best Advice

"Do not lie to yourself. You can pretend for other people and you can create a front that other people see, but at the end of the day, lying to yourself only hinders your progress. Do not be so hard on yourself if the time isn't right. I have tried and failed to lose weight so many times and now I realized that I simply wasn't ready. When you feel like you have truly had enough, you'll know that it's time and that you're ready to commit. Final piece of advice: put yourself first. You are not being selfish, you are taking care of the most important person in your life: you. Don't forget that you deserve good things and you deserve to put effort, time and resources into yourself. Don't let others make you think that you are not worthy of such things. At the end of the day, you're stuck with yourself. No matter what size you are, you are worthy."

Emilie’s Greatest Source of Motivation

"Myself. I do not mean this in a self-centered or conceited way, I mean that my body and my progress is my biggest motivation to keep going. The changes that I see and feel are what keep me going. The ease with which I perform physically demanding tasks, the discovery of things like collar bones, the newly found strength I have in my legs and arms and the newly found confidence that I have are what motivate me to continue on my journey of health and wellness. Of course, other people's journeys inspire me immensely, but my own progress is what motivates me.

More about Emilie

"I am a university student from Montreal, Canada. I study Human Relations and speak both English and French. I am crazy about my dog Bailey, I actually made an Instagram account for her and she has more followers than me! Also, I once was featured in Maroon 5's "Daylight" music video." 

Keep Emilie pumped! Find her on PumpUp and Instagram @realemilienoel