"Working out has helped me develop a passion for health and fitness. It gave me a purpose to wake up every morning."
Viewing entries tagged
"Working out has helped me develop a passion for health and fitness. It gave me a purpose to wake up every morning."
"I overcame anxiety and depression by looking at what I was eating and why I was eating it. I got up and went to the gym instead of hiding away and feeling sorry for myself.”
At the start of Ruben's fitness journey, he had trouble maintaining healthy habits because he didn't have a strong support system. "I struggled for about a year because no one wanted to work out with me," he professed. As a freelance graphic designer who works from home, Ruben spent up to ten consecutive hours sitting in front of a computer each day. "I lived off snacks, soda, and quick fast-food meals," he remembered. "The only exercise I would get was walking to the refrigerator."
Nutrition is hard to get 'right'. It takes time to find a regimen that works for you. It took years before Tarahlynn figured out how to fuel her body the right way. "I started using PumpUp right around the beginning of my fitness journey," she mentioned. "I ran cross country for a few years, so running was really all I knew. I paid no attention to what I ate or how much I was eating. I didn't eat breakfast or lunch, just little meals and a big dinner. At some point in the day, I would go for 1-3 mile runs and I had no idea how to properly provide my body with necessary nutrients."
"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
Nobody's transformation story is ever completely straightforward. As a child, Rachel was constantly in and out of of the hospital because she had kidney disease. By the time she was nearly four years old, she already had 8 surgeries - one of which removed her left kidney. "My right kidney had to do the job of two kidneys, which caused [its] protective layer to be stretched thin," she recounted. "Because of this, the doctor told my parents that I should never play any sports or do anything that could cause me to fall on my right side."
When Brenda started to adopt healthier habits, she lacked motivation and support. Her workouts and meals lacked variety. "My life before PumpUp was really tedious to be honest," she revealed. "I would eat the same things every day [...and] I didn't know which workouts to do other than run. People around me weren't into fitness and health, so it was very difficult for me to get motivated."
In December 2014, Desiree dealt with severe depression and stress. She was afflicted by hypothyroidism, a hormonal condition that can slow down a person's metabolism, making it difficult to lose weight. "On most days, I just laid in bed, hating myself," she confessed. "I hated looking at who I was in the mirror. I was tired because of all of the extra weight I had to move on a daily basis to do ordinary tasks."
Kristin weighed heavier than ever in 2014. She tipped the scale at 230 lbs, wore double extra-large shirts, and slipped into size 20 pants. She would binge eat after school to deal with the hurtful comments that other classmates made about her weight. "On December 30, 2014, I vowed to make a complete lifestyle change," she recalled. "I was always an emotional eater and I was dealing with depression for 2 years. As I continued to gain weight, I was bullied and harassed more by the guys at my school. I was miserable." In January 2015, Kristin joined PumpUp in search of support. "When I joined, I immediately felt a sense of family," she remarked. "Everyone on the app is so uplifting, encouraging, and positive. I enjoyed seeing everyone else's progress and I wanted to show mine and tell my story." Kristin couldn't imagine how much encouragement she would receive by sharing one simple photo. " In the beginning, I didn't think anyone would care about my progress because it was very small and didn't seem important," she shared. "However, even when I would share about a 30 minute workout, I would immediately get a few likes and even a comment from somebody [who told me] to keep going. Every time I posted my everyday workouts or pictures, there was always someone encouraging me and pushing me to never give up. I was inspired."
Since Kristin joined PumpUp, she lost 62 pounds. "Before PumpUp, I ate whatever I wanted to," she elaborated. "My diet now is 100% different. I [maintain] a paleo diet and drink mostly water. I still have another 20 lbs to go [until I reach my goal weight]. My biggest source of motivation is seeing people on PumpUp just trying to push themselves every day. They're striving to be better - because that is all I'm trying to do too."
Kristin's Best Advice
Be your own motivation. Don't lose weight because some low-life person called you fat. Don't lose weight for attention or for love . Do it because you love yourself and because you want what is best for you.
Kristin's Workout Routine I love switching up my workout routine. I actually lost weight without ever setting foot in a gym. All my workouts are at home workouts. I really love watching YouTube videos to get ideas for workouts. But I am very simple most of the time. I am a treadmill kind of girl.
More about Kristin I have had 9 surgeries in my lifetime. All before the age of 10. I was born with a rare birthmark that could of become cancerous. I basically grew up in hospitals and got used to them. I also love to sing and am the only singer in my family. I love everything about fall and I am a cat lover.
Either eating mostly peanut butter sandwiches — and sometimes, nothing at all — Jessi realized that her stressful schedule was wreaking havoc on her body. "My lifestyle before PumpUp was [that] of a typical on-the-go mom," she shared. "I was extremely lazy and found every excuse. I was in a vicious cycle of hating my body, then eating because I wasn't happy."
"I got to a point where I [knew that I needed] to just love myself if I was going to get better," Onya explained. "I started to enjoy life. In that moment, [I was] so comfortable in my skin that I could truly walk nude through the streets of America. I starting wondering, 'If I feel so good about myself fat, how happy and confident could I feel at a healthier me?'".
Depression is a clinical condition that affects an estimated 1.5% of the adult population in the U.S. on an annual basis. In other places around the world, millions more struggle with this condition. They often cope with their personal symptoms in silence. PumpUp member Caroline grappled with depression prior to having her children, and dealt with postpartum depression after her second child was born.
At the start of 2015, Birta discovered that exercise relieved her symptoms of depression and anxiety. After she became an active member of the PumpUp community in March 2015, Birta lost 8 kilograms. She's more confident than ever. "I have never been more happy and proud of my body as I am now," she insisted.
Lana learned that the state of her mental health was tied to her physical health. She began to eat healthier and saw positive changes. “Running became my escape,” she revealed. “I lost weight and I felt amazing. Before PumpUp, I lost about 25 pounds. I was doing good…but I wanted to be great.” Though Lana exercised in moderation, PumpUp really helped her to take her health and fitness to another level.
As an emotional eater, Kamaile's mental health tendered an intimate connection with her physical health. "My husband worked nights, so it messed up our metabolisms," she elaborated. "I had a large fry and a large coke at every meal." When Kamaile joined the PumpUp community in January 2015, she found a renewed sense of purpose.
Chloe's Favorite Exercise
Love Yourself. Make peace with your past. Share a #TransformationTuesday pic about how your past has shaped who you are today!
pumpupapp member fit_gracie shared her brave story: "My progress is not only in my appearance, but in my heart as well. I was struggling with depression and hated myself more than anything else," she explained. "[Later on], I had my first go with anorexia, EDNOS, and stress eating. Now I’m happy and healthy. I feel stronger and better than ever. Not only is there an obvious change in my weight, there is a huge change in my smile. I owe it to myself to get better"
Cheer her on! http://bit.ly/trypumpup
PumpUp member Josephine B (@hey5sos) accomplished so many things in 2014: she lost 14 lbs, fought off bulimia and self-harm, recovered from depression, filled her life with inspiring people, and joined the PumpUp community. She lives in a way that is more fulfilling than she ever could have imagined.
Josephine’s health and wellness journey got off to a rocky start. “My lifestyle before PumpUp was…pretty bad,” she admitted. “I HATED vegetables and loved junk food, candy, sugar, and other things that weren’t good for my health. I’ve had the app for quite some time, but I didn’t use it much at first because I gradually became motivated to work out.” Josephine exercised about once a week, without making any changes to the way she ate. “I used to wake up in the morning, eat toast with Nutella, then potatoes with meat at lunch, and sometimes junk food for dinner,” she explained.
Josephine suffered from deep-seated insecurity issues prior to joining the PumpUp community. “I was bullied when I was younger, and this caused me to hate my body,” she shared. “I was unconfident about the way I looked and felt. I plummeted into deep depression two years ago and I was suicidal.” During this period of time Josephine explained that she had bulimia and would go through long periods of time without eating, restricting her self to 100 calories per meal. “I lost 5 pounds but I was still unhappy,” Josephine confessed. “When I began to work out, I started to feel less depressed and more confident in my body. I spent time with people I love, and FELT HOPE! With the help of the amazing PumpUp community, my family, and my friends, I found strength to start all over again. I now aim to be a fit, strong, and healthier me.” Her ultimate goal for 2015 is to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle: no more restriction, just balance.
Not only has Josephine’s self-esteem improved with the support of the PumpUp community, she has adopted much more holistically healthy habits. “PumpUp has changed my lifestyle a lot,” she emphasized. “During the month of September, I started to get a little bit obsessed with it! I found so much motivation on there and it made me want to start working out to change my body.” Josephine exercises 6 days a week, alternating between different muscle groups and professed that she also changed her eating habits. “I love vegetables now,” she said with enthusiasm. “I cannot go a day without eating them.”
With the help of PumpUp, Josephine lost 14 lbs and hopes to improve her mental health. “I aim to be more confident in myself as I continue along my journey with the PumpUp community,” she asserted. “Above all, I hope to find a place of love and respect for my body by continuing to exercise and eat healthy.”
Her best morsel of advice for those looking to lead healthier lifestyles in 2015 is to actively seek motivation, and stick to it. “Once you’ve got that—be it through inspiring quotes, family members, friends, or an app like PumpUp, you can do anything,” Josephine said. “Use that motivation to find an exercise that you truly love doing, and make that activity your workout.”
In addition to finding inspiration from members of the PumpUp community, Josephine’s biggest source of motivation is her sister. “She’s the reason I began my fitness journey,” she said. “We both wanted to lose weight and we decided to take life in our own hands. My sister lives in New York right now, but we motivate each other from afar, even if we miss each other a lot. Obviously, my PumpUp family also acts as an incredible source of motivation.”
“I love eating frozen yogurt. It’s not that healthy but let’s be honest: it’s so good! We don’t have a lot of places that sell frozen yogurt in France, so when I travel I basically live off frozen yogurt! On a healthier note, I do love fruits and vegetables. My favourite meal would be anything that includes salmon. Water is my favourite beverage. One of my favourite recipes is banana oat pancakes: they have a lot more fibre than regular pancakes!”
“I LOVE motivational quotes. They always motivate me! A few of my favourites are: ‘Do something today that your future self will thank you for,” and “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.”
“I like the ab workouts on PumpUp, even though I don’t do them as often any more. I love cardio so I go to cardio classes at my gym”
“I love travelling, it makes me so happy! I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures, food, and places. I always find that I’m most calm and peaceful when I’m travelling.”
Keep Josephine pumped up on the app at @hey5sos and on Instagram @heartoflxis!!
You’d be hard-pressed to find a PumpUp member who creates wittier captions than Francesca P (@limitlesstyle). She’s much more than just a funny scribe: Francesca shines radiantly in the PumpUp spotlight for her truly remarkable and inspiring journey from pain to power, combatting deep depression through the help of exercise and the support of PumpUp’s community. 2015 is her year of enlightenment: the year that she strives to be there for others as fellow members of humanity in the finest, and truest sense of the word.
February 2014 marked the very beginning of Francesca’s fitness journey, though she admitted that she was not as committed to achieve her goals until she found PumpUp in June 2014. “I was able to feel accountable through PumpUp,” she affirmed. “I stumbled upon PumpUp on Instagram and I fell in love with the idea of the app. I never looked back. I found a group of people whom I’ve come to love and respect. They are now my second family and they motivate me daily.” The community embraced her with open arms when she sought support, and she has done nothing but shower other members with words of positive encouragement in return.
Francesca had a tremendous obstacle to overcome when she first began to embrace a healthy lifestyle. “My baby sister was a cross-country runner and fitness enthusiast who lived in Africa, and she was murdered,” told Francesca. “This sent me into a deep depression for 3 years. I rarely left my house and I gained 35 lbs. Now I’m beginning to heal. She’s my biggest motivation.”
Francesca runs to keep her sister’s memory alive, and does so frequently. “I still suffer from depression, and even now and again it tends to creep back up,” she explained. “I know it’ll pass if I just go for a run, no matter how short.” Take a look at Francesca’s schedule: 5km jogs 3-5 times a week, and weightlifting 2-3 times a week. Impressive is an understatement: Francesca went from 187 lbs to 158 lbs since last February. She’s stronger and more determined than ever to spread positivity and to achieve her health and fitness goals.
As she continues along her journey with the PumpUp community, Francesca hopes to inspire and motivate as many people as she possibly can. Anybody on PumpUp can always rely on her posts to brighten up their day. “I want all of my followers, especially those who are 40 and/or are dealing with any kind of loss to see my page and know that they aren’t alone,” she confided. “Believe in yourselves, take this journey day by day, and you will accomplish great things in no time at all.”
Yorgurt with granola and fruit
"The most authentic thing about us is our ability to endure, to transform, and to be greater than our suffering"
Favourite PumpUp Workout
“The total body pump!”
Fun Fact about Francesca
“I love to travel, and have seen almost all of Europe! I am a big jokester!”
Keep Francesca pumped on the app @limitlesstyle!
This is an article written by PumpUp member @geek_getfit
At the age of 10, I was in counselling for depression. I was only 10, and I wanted to kill myself. At that period of time, I was hit multiple times a day at school, shoved into walls, I had people threatening to kill me, and a student wrapping their hands around my neck and shaking me. I was too small to defend myself and I couldn’t take it anymore. I remember the day I ran crying to my mom because I was so afraid to go to school. It got so bad I had to be pulled out of school and put into counselling, where they diagnosed me with depression and heightened anxiety.
Over the next couple of years, I did return to that same school and experienced a different type of bullying: sexual harassment. I can remember my 8th grade year like it was yesterday, but one night stands out in particular. On the way home from a national academic quiz tournament called the Scholars Bowl, two boys who groped at my chest while I was sitting on the bus. I became constantly worried about what would happen next, and increasingly became insecure about my appearance. My depression deepened when I was called a ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ whenever I wore a V-neck t-shirt or when I would not let boys touch me.
When I entered high school, I found PumpUp. I had heard a lot of great things about it, so I decided to give the app a try. I started working out twice a day using PumpUp- needless to say I fell in love with fitness. My stress began to disappear, my anxiety was at bay, and my depression was easier to handle. I spend my summer running, biking, and working out - I was so much happier.
Here I am at this present moment: a 15 year-old freshman, an honor student, the class president, an athlete on varsity sports teams, and a cheerleader. Depression can drive you crazy. I workout to relieve the stress from my everyday life at school, to relax, and to keep myself sane. I haven’t let my past stop me from being the best I can. I still continue to be sexually harassed, especially while I am cheering, but I have learned to ignore the boys. Yes, I still get bullied a lot, but I just have to let it go because I know those people won’t matter later on in my life. My past may haunt me, but I am not going to let it hold me back.
TO ANYBODY WITH DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY
Please keep your head up, I know that it may feel impossible to get out of bed on some mornings, but do it anyways. Tell that voice in your head that says “You can’t” to sit down and shut up. You will get through this, and if you think no one believes in you, you are wrong- I BELIEVE IN YOU. You can do this. You are beautiful/handsome, strong (though you may not realize it yet), the bravest person alive, and you can do anything.