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How Justine lost 35 lbs. in 7 months as a mother of 3

How Justine lost 35 lbs. in 7 months as a mother of 3

After Justine became a mother of three, she realized that her metabolism wasn't as fast as it used to be. "I really started using PumpUp around March 2015 because I gained a lot of weight after I had my children, I didn't lead a very healthy lifestyle, and I didn't feel good about myself any more," she revealed. "I needed to change my lifestyle not only for myself, but for my children." 

Got Excuses? Jessi's Story Will Motivate You to Let Go of Them

Got Excuses? Jessi's Story Will Motivate You to Let Go of Them

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."

How I beat Crohn's disease, lost 60 lbs, and turned my life around - Pauline's PumpUp Success Story

How I beat Crohn's disease, lost 60 lbs, and turned my life around - Pauline's PumpUp Success Story

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After losing almost 60 lbs in 2014, Pauline began her search for a social platform that would keep her motivated and inspired to continue her fitness journey. "I found PumpUp in January to keep me motivated," she insisted. "I needed to maintain a proper diet and PumpUp helped me do just that." It was of utmost importance for Pauline to maintain a commitment to her health. "I had bowel problems because of Crohn's disease and my spine began to deteriorate from my excess weight and lack of exercise," she explained. "I weighed over 186 lbs (13 stone) in May 2014 and I've been hospitalized numerous times because of my ailments. Moreover, I smoked and binge drank. It was a recipe for disaster." Since Pauline joined the PumpUp community, she began to feel rejuvenated in more ways than one. "After I joined PumpUp, my life changed completely and I'm in better shape now than I was when I was 20 years old: physically and mentally," she confirmed. "I knew I had to hit rock bottom in order to change. I did so with the help of PumpUp, my family, and my trainer." Pauline was so motivated by her progress that she enrolled in and recently completed a diploma program for nutritional therapy.  "This was so important for me, as I realized that you can't out-train a bad diet," she insisted.

Pauline beat Crohn's disease

It's never too late to start. Though Pauline suffered an intense journey full of hardship and various medical ailments, she hasn't had the need to visit the doctor or hospital in over a year thanks to the progress that she made with the help of PumpUp. "I lost 7 babies through miscarriage from a blood clotting disorder and heart arrhythmia," she elaborated. "I was a mess when my only child turned 18 years old. That year, I decided that it was time to change. If somebody told me last year that my fused spine would be bench-pressing, deadlifting, and squatting with heavy weights, I would have laughed at them. Thanks to PumpUp, exercise, and nutrition, anything is possible."

Pauline hopes to continue her journey with PumpUp by staying in close touch with the community that motivated her along the way. "I will continue to use PumpUp to connect with likeminded individuals who keep me inspired and remind me why I started," she said firmly. "There is no going back on my ultimate goal: compete in a body building competition here in Ireland. I am determined to win once I set my foot on the stage." 

Pauline beat Crohn's disease

Pauline's Biggest Motivation

"It's myself, without a doubt. I beat Crohn's disease and defied the odds despite having a fused spine. All of this happened because of nutrition and weight training. Nothing in life worth having is free or easy. It's been hard, but I did it. I'm so proud that I have my health and my life back."

Pauline's Favorite Exercise

Definitely weight training or calisthenics. I love chin ups, but I need to refine my technique.

Pauline beat Crohn's disease

More about Pauline

I'm a big foodie and I have a blog where I post recipes and share about my progress. It was another motivational tool to have on this journey in addition to PumpUp. I won a competition to have the blog and site designed professionally and it fills my heart with joy because it looks greater than I could have ever imagined.

Keep Pauline pumped! Inspired by how she beat Crohn's disease? Cheer her on the app as she makes her way to the stage @challengeuchangeu. Have questions for Pauline? Let her know in the comments below! 

How PumpUp helped me to become a better personal trainer - Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story

How PumpUp helped me to become a better personal trainer - Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story

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Not only is PumpUp member @eleanorjane_k a mother of 3 and a personal trainer, she also overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This self-professed gym junkie joined PumpUp in 2014 after one of her good friends @mariabellhouse suggested that she'd enjoy it more than other social media platforms. "She was right," said Eleanor. "I post a lot of fitness-related things on social media. Once I joined PumpUp, I knew it would be a better, more suitable, and more positive place to share my posts."
Eleanor nurtured a strong passion for health and wellness ever since she was 15 years old. "I would train at home in my lounge every morning because I was a size 16 (US 12) and miserable with how I looked," she recounted. Three pregnancies later, Eleanor managed to maintain her shape at a size 6-8 (US 2-4) because she's fuelled by her enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle. "Training for me goes far beyond aesthetics," she insisted. "It taught me about discipline and commitment. Most importantly, especially because of the help of the PumpUp community, fitness has taught me to love myself for who I am." 
Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
She was thrilled that the PumpUp community was so compatible with her interests. "I still train hard and eat well every day," she explained. "The main difference is that since I joined PumpUp, I have a more positive self-image. I also feel like I have a lot more support and encouragement for my fitness lifestyle. Most of my friends aren't too enthusiastic about fitness." In turn, the PumpUp community's positivity helped Eleanor become a better personal trainer. "I've learned a lot about other people's perspectives from their posts," she continued. "I feel like this has helped me to empathize better as a personal trainer. More importantly, I value my health and my body much more than I did before I joined PumpUp." 
It hasn't always been easy for Eleanor to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Developing a positive body image with PumpUp ended up being a particularly important accomplishment for Eleanor. She had to overcome immense hurdles in order to get to where she is today. "Mentally, I've had to overcome low self-esteem, depression, anorexia, and self harm," she confessed. "Physically, I've dealt with endometriosis and SPD during pregnancy. Currently, I'm on and off crutches while I wait for knee surgery. I never let it stop me or use it as an excuse. I train hard now because I love my body, not because I hate it." 
 Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
After receiving so much support from the PumpUp community while she was on and off crutches, Eleanor created the #ReasonsToSmile hashtag challenge as her way of giving back. "I wanted everybody on PumpUp to share a picture of what made them smile, and to give 5 reasons why they do it," Eleanor enthused. Since then, over 100 PumpUp members followed in Eleanor's example by sharing about the reasons why they smile. The success of her hashtag is a testament to the inspirational and supportive nature of the PumpUp community.
Eleanor's best advice
Start small. Small, positive changes are easier to maintain and lead to bigger changes.  Most importantly, be kind to yourself always: No one is perfect.
 Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
Eleanor's biggest source of motivation
 My biggest  motivation is my job and my children. I feel I need to be a  good role model as a personal trainer and as a mother. 
Eleanor's Favourite Workout
I love Pauline Nordin's Butt Bible. Jim Stoppani's Bulk and Shred programmes are great as well! Currently, I'm doing a 5 day split in the gym, on top of teaching 5 classes a week!
Fun fact about Eleanor
I have an honours degree in English literature.
Keep Eleanor pumped and join her on the PumpUp community @eleanorjane_k! Have questions for Eleanor? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet @PumpUp!