At just 16 years old, Erin was diagnosed with a condition that would change her life. "I was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and put on a lot of weight in a short amount of time," she recounted. "I was depressed, hated the way I looked. I was a size 24 and very overweight." A few flights of stairs would make Erin feel breathless. She'd also avoid certain social situations because of her weight. "My sister-in-law started to train with my boyfriend and she lost a ton of weight, which really motivated me to get better," she remembered fondly. "My symptoms of PCOS are now a lot better."
When Erin joined PumpUp, she was 12 pounds down and one year into her weight-loss journey, but lacked the motivation to overcome her plateau. "I was not motivated at all," she insisted. "I would work hard in the gym but never stuck to my diet any longer than two weeks. I would always go off course and felt so down and disappointed." Not only did her snacks often consist of chocolate or chips, Erin would reward herself with takeout food for dinner after intense workouts. "I was weight training 3-4 times a week but wasn't pushing myself at all," she remembered. "I didn't set any goals."
Thanks to PumpUp, Erin was able to overcome her plateau, beat PCOS for good, and make more progress than she ever could have dreamed. "I honestly think I would have quit my journey if it wasn't for PumpUp," Erin affirmed. "I now workout 5 times a week and log all of my exercises on the app. It's a good way to keep track of my progress." What's more, Erin adopted far better eating habits, eating junk food only in moderation. "Everyone is so motivating and helpful on the app and nobody is there to judge you!" she gushed. "I love it."
Erin is 25 pounds and 4 dress sizes down and inspires thousands of members on the app with every post. "I would love to just motivate others," she said warmly. "It would be the best feeling to know that I have helped somebody. Compared to other peoples' stories, [my weight loss] is not a lot, but it's something to me. Hopefully it's enough for anybody to approach me about anything." Her best advice for others struggling with their personal health struggles is to persist, regardless of circumstance. "Always look back on old pictures, do not depend solely on the scale, and try to be positive," she urged. "It's hard but always remember that you are one day closer to your goal than you were yesterday."
"My old self. I try and better myself all the time and my boyfriend is very motivating! He has been with me since the start and he also trains me in the gym so I get a boyfriend and a personal trainer all in one. Dana Lynn Bailey is also a big role model to me, she's amazing!"
It's one I actually tell myself and my boyfriend whenever we don't want to eat healthy or don't want to go the gym. It's short, simple and to the point. "You will not succeed if you give up" I have come so far but I have a long way to go and giving up will not make me reach my goals.
Erin's exercise routine
I stay active doing weightlifting. I now enjoy going the gym and working out! At first I was not keen on weightlifting, but I've dropped pounds, lost inches and dress sizes from lifting weights. For example I can push 365kg for a set on leg press and my legs have never been as small and defined as they are now! I love being stronger mentally and physically. My body has changed so much and I know I don't have a six pack or a flat stomach, I don't have amazing legs, arms, back etc., but I will get there. Girls, do not be afraid to lift weights!!
More about Erin
I would love to become either a make up artist or when I get fit enough a personal trainer. I think I have the knowledge now to become a PT, however I know you have to have a certain look. Hopefully in the next couple of years I'll be a lot smaller and I can have the image to go with my knowledge. I'll share my story and help others.
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