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This #TransformationTuesday pic goes to Ashlyn, who is down a total of 55 lbs. WOW! She shares with us, “I’ve struggled with my weight all my life. Not only was it affecting my health but it was affecting me. It caused me to hold everything in and not be as social in fear of being judged for the way that I looked. Today, not only have I lost 55 lbs. but I’ve lost the old me. I am nowhere near where I want to be but I’m working my butt off to get there. Can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.” Ashlyn this is an incredible #Transformation and we couldn’t be any more proud of all the hard work you have put in to get there! 

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This #Transformation photo we are sharing with you is from a fellow Canadian gal, and PumpUp Member, Jasmine. She is 20 years-old, 50 lbs down, and these 2 photos are just 2 years apart. Jasmine uses PumpUp as a way to track her progress and keep her motivation going. You look so happy and healthy, don’t stop now! :)

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Thumbs up goes to this #TransformationTuesday photo from PumpUp Member its__thekid. This is a 4 year change, and he certainly puts in a ton of work - 4 hour workouts, and no days off. He tells everyone, “Just want to show people that the impossible is possible. Reach for the stars, we were born to fly.” 

Spotlight Series: Paulina F.

Eating disorders and disordered eating are prevalent all around us and remain a pressing issue that at times will remain hidden and concealed. A shocking “1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating.” And over 24 million Americans and 70 million people worldwide are struggling with an eating disorder of some kind. 90% of these individuals are between the ages of 16 and 25. We want you to hear @paulina.bf’s story. She is a PumpUp member who has gone through a anorexia, bulimia, and depression. To steal a quote from her: I let it break me, I let it win. I didn’t care, nor did I talk about it. I went from being my only friend, to being my own shrink. “ Read on hear about her journey and how Paulina has made the necessary changes to a better, and healthier lifestyle.

Paulina downloaded PumpUp 6 months ago as she was in search for inspiration to start exercising. She didn’t start getting active on PumpUp until 2 months ago because she wanted to join PumpUp’s positive community and was in need of some motivation.

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As we mentioned before, Paulina is one of our members who has struggled with an eating disorder. We wanted to talk to her to hear her experience, how she overcame it, and to have her story be an example of perseverance and strength for anyone else reading this or struggling with similar issues. She shares with us what her life was like with an ED:

“Around Easter time of last year, I started engaging in bulimic behaviour. At this point it wasn’t so bad. I acted normal most of the time, was with my friends, I went to school and did homework. On the surface everything was normal. However, I was binging and purging up to 5 times a week. If I had time after school before my mom came home, I would go to the store, buy some ice cream, and eat the entire tub. I kept on eating even if I felt like my stomach was going to explode. My stomach would literally hurt.”

When summer came around Paulina fell into the pattern of anorexic behaviour. “I almost didn’t eat. For breakfast I would have an apple, sometimes I would eat a carrot too. For lunch I would eat a slice of bread or a biscuit and for dinner I would have whatever my mom made. Then I would just eat a bread slice at night so my parents wouldn’t start to worry. Sometimes I would pretend that I made myself some evening food, and take the bread to my room, just to go put it back afterwards. 

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I went from 72 kg to 65 kg in a couple of weeks. That was my goal weight, but I wasn’t happy with my body at all. I managed to stay at that weight more or less the whole summer, but the last two weeks I binged and my weight went right back to 72kg. I was so sad, and when school started, I began getting depressed. I thought about food constantly, and I got more and more isolated from my friends, especially my best friend. She knew about my ED, but she didn’t know what to do since I wouldn’t talk about it.”

Eventually Paulina started to turn things around and take control of her body, finally realizing the kind of behaviour she was engaging in was unhealthy and causing a ton of harm to her body. So in October Paulina joined a gym and began training 3-4 times a week.  She tells us, “I mostly did cardio for 40 minutes and some strength exercises for 20 minutes.”

Although Paulina was starting to exercise and get active she tells us that the time between October and January was the point she was at her lowest, as her depression was completely consuming her. “My depression was bad, and I just didn’t want to be here anymore. I did things I’m not proud of, but I don’t regret them because at that time they helped. It limited the pain. I cried myself to sleep almost every night, and I knew I needed help, but I didn’t do anything about it. I thought I deserved it. I felt like a terrible person, and I didn’t have any interest in getting better. “

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We asked Paulina how exactly she persevered through her ED’s. Her answer was honest,  “To answer how I battled my ED and my depression, I didn’t. I let it break me, I let it win. I didn’t care, nor did I talk about it. I went from being my only friend, to being my own shrink.” Paulina decided to change by herself by analyzing every part of her life. She looked back and tried to figure out how she had gotten that bad. She did this alone and without help because she didn’t want her parents to find out. Paulina says, “I didn’t want them to know. I really just don’t want them to feel like they are bad parents, because I love them.  For now Paulina says, “I just take one day at a time, and I am now starting to feel like this little part of me (my depression) is slowly crawling back to wherever it came from.”

With this change, Paulina started to exercise 5-6 times a week. She tells us, “ I feel like PumpUp has helped me maintain that exercise level. I’m a lot more confident about my body now because of the amazing community.  I use PumpUp almost every day, tracking my activity and seeing how many calories I burn.” As Paulina said earlier, when she used to go to the gym she would mainly focus on her cardio. Now, she barely stays on the treadmill for 10 minutes. She loves weight lighting. “I feel like weightlifting is therapy for me, and I feel like it’s a way for me to deal with my depression. Now I also train for about 2 hours most of the times I’m at the gym.”

Paulina’s habits and tendencies have not just disappeared; she still struggles with her ED’s and her thoughts daily. “I try to eat as healthy I can, but it’s not easy. I sometimes go 5 hours (or more) without eating because I feel bad about myself. Sometimes I eat more than I should, eating a bit of chocolate here and some cookies there. Normally I drink a detox water before breakfast, I eat oatmeal or bread for breakfast and/or for lunch. Then I have a little snack, nuts or something like that, when I come home. For dinner I eat whatever my Mommy serves. After I have been to the gym, I eat a banana or a yogurt. When I come home I will probably have some bread. In Norway we eat a lot of bread, if you didn’t notice.” The best news of all? Paulina has almost totally stopped binging and purging, progress.

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Paulina’s Favourites:

Favourite Part About PumpUp: “The community! They are so supportive, nice and sweet. When I have a bad day, I love looking at comments and I instantly feel better about myself and gain the motivation to keep going.”

Fave Snack: “I’m in love with yogurtnuts! Not very healthy, I know, but it’s delicious. Besides that, I am a grape and strawberries freak! 

Go to Meal: “It’s so hard to pick just one. I love food, but at the same time I am super picky. If I am going to choose it has to be oatmeal with cinnamon (and butter and sugar when I am cheating).”

#1 Drink: “Water! I love water. My brother in law always teases me because I always say no to soda!”

Fave Motivational Saying: “Strive for progress, not perfection.” It’s so true. I think that in our world, people are too busy thinking about where they want to be, rather than looking on how far they have come. This includes me. It wasn’t until I started using PumpUp, that I looked at my progress. When looking back at old pictures I hadn’t realized how much my body had changed in six months.”

Favourite Exercise: “The hip thrust! I love how my butt hurts when I finish one set. My friend and I do it at the end of every workout. It’s so funny because when she finishes her set, she sighs so loud… I laugh every time! I love squats, deadlifts, back extension etc. I am strongest in my legs and my lower back, so I feel kind of confident when I lift heavy.”

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Struggling with an ED? Well Paulina shares with you what helped her get through it and start to change her life.

“Well, I’m probably not the best person to answer this, since I handled it pretty bad, and in a very isolated way. My advice to you is to not give up, because it will get better. I know how meaningless those words are. They are BS as I liked to call them. I was super convinced that it wouldn’t get any better. I couldn’t imagine that my best friend and me would ever be best friends again, but now we do everything together again.”

Another thing that helped Paulina with her ED was thinking about all the unhealthy side effects. She tells us, “I was terrified of my teeth. Throwing up can really damage your teeth, and I kept picturing ugly teeth and then I wouldn’t do it so much.  I also figured that if I wanted to look the way l wanted, I had to train, and if I was going to train hard I had to eat right. One morning I jogged without eating breakfast, and I thought I was going to die because I hadn’t nourished my body.”

That’s not all that helped Paulina push through; PumpUp has also played a role. “The community is so supportive! If you are unsecure about your body, you should try posting a picture, you may get many nice words!”

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When Paulina first started using PumpUp her goal was to start feeling more comfortable in her own skin. She says, “The PumpUp Fam is so sweet, and have lovely words. But now I also want to make others more confident. I love checking out other peoples profiles and commenting on them. I think of how good I feel after reading a comment, and I want others to feel like that too.” 

Paulina’s biggest motivation to keep pushing hard is the thought of completely overcoming her ED. Paulina notes, “I don’t want to be scared of relapsing. I don’t want to feel like I’m weak and that I cannot handle some adversity. I am also motivated by my progress. To see how far you’ve come, makes you see how far you can go.”

Paulina’s battle is still a constant struggle. As she mentions, the number on the scale is just a number but it is still hard to get over that. Paulina says, “I struggled coming to terms that my previous goal weight is not ideal for me. 7 kg down is not that realistic if I am going to gain muscles. A year ago I was at my original goal weight, 65kg. But that was the period I almost never ate. I know that you shouldn’t look at the scale as a goal, but being tall (177cm) I weight a lot more than my friends, and I feel/felt like a giant around them.”

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Something Interesting About Paulina:

“I speak sign language and I am a CODA (Child OF Deaf Adults)! My mom, dad, sister, brother in law and my oldest nephew are all deaf. While my niece, our newest family member, my nephew, and I are the only hearing ones in my family hear in Norway.  So pretty much everyone I know through my parents are deaf, and I’m very happy to be a part of the deaf community.

Fun Fact: Love dancing around in my room with the music blasting on my stereo! My parents don’t even notice ;)”

We are so proud and grateful of the fact that Paulina is one of our many amazing PumpUp Members. We are moved by her story and the fact that she let everyone take such a close look into her life as well as her struggle and ongoing battle with ED’s. Keep up your amazing work and be proud of everything you have accomplished, we certainly are. Give Paulina a follow on PumpUp @paulibf so you can be apart of her journey. 

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This pic is of PumpUp Member landeros. On the left he is 280 lbs. and on the right he has lost 74 lbs. and is down to 206 lbs. Get this: his starting weight was 302 lbs. and he is trying to make his way down to a goal weight of 180 lbs! Landeros says he is here “to inspire and motivate.” So get motivated by his amazing progress today and put in an awesome workout.

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These pictures are a whole 20 pound difference and Desiree is not done yet, she is determined to keep being active and healthy! We love seeing progress like this, amazing job Desiree! 

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Our final fave #TransformationTuesday pic is from Elizabeth. She says, “Still can’t believe I’m doing this…And I let myself get that out of shape. Still have more to go, but I am so proud of myself.” 

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Our first #TransformationTuesday photo goes to PumpUp Member nrambo85. She looks fantastic and so much healthier, don’t you agree? Her words of wisdom are, “I just want to be a better person than I was yesterday. Since January I have lost 22 lbs. and want to continue to share my journey and I don’t mind sharing my struggles and achievements.” 

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Here is the last #Transformation pic we are sharing with you today, and it is from PumpUp Member karllamarie. On the left Karlla is 180 lbs., and today she is looking fantastic on the right at a healthy 145 lbs. This transformation took her a year and a half and is well worth the dedication. Phenomenal job Karlla, we love this photo! 

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Our first #Transformation Photo from yesterday is from brookekatott. The pic on the left is from last August and the one on the right is from yesterday. She has dropped 10 lbs. But get this, Brooke has lost 10% of her body fat, and many inches! You’re hard work has definitely paid off Brooke, amazing job!

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It is #TransformationTuesday, one of the best days of the week to share your progress with everyone. This is an incredible photo from PumpUp Member @losingtolive_fitness. Her starting weight was 406 and her goal weight is to be fit, toned, and 180 pounds. How is she doing? She has just 54 pounds to go! 

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We wanted to share with you our last #TransformationTuesday pic from yesterday, compliments of a new PumpUp Member, mickey_tony22. Yes pick up your jaws people, this is for real! This is some serious work and dedication. Mickey says, “You never know what you can achieve until you try!” So very true! So for all of you that want to have your own transformation photo, it is time to get off your bum and get to work! 

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WOW! We love this #TransformationTuesday photo from PumpUp Member emmabaker75436. Her motto? “The greatest wealth, is health.” Emma is clearly beautiful on the inside and out and we are so happy that she is part of the #PumpUpFam

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We’ve got one more #TransformationTuesday pic for you, it was too great not to share. This one is from PumpUp Member farrar0018. These pictures are one year apart and shows what a dedicated change of eating healthy and working out can do! She is super into running, pilates, and crossfit!

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One of our favourite #TransformationTuesday photos from yesterday goes out to PumpUp member, xo_marebear! This pic is 2 years apart, and she looks amazing! She says, “some of the best motivation I get is from my fitfam on PumpUp, but I love looking at my progress pics to see how far I’ve come.” You definitely have come a long way and we love it! Keep it up!

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This amazing #TransformationTuesday photo is of PumpUp member, gabriellemsa. In just 8 months she made this change from 138 lbs (63 kg) to 119 lbs (54 kg)! Amazing work Gabrielle, we love how strong and healthy you look!