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Emilie's Journey to Health and Happiness

Emilie's Journey to Health and Happiness

“I convinced myself that I was a ‘big-boned’ girl who would always be big, and that losing weight was impossible,” remembered Emilie. Learn how she changed her lifestyle. 

Rachel Stopped Counting Calories and Started Eating Intuitively

Rachel Stopped Counting Calories and Started Eating Intuitively

Calorie counting used to consume Rachel's life. After five months of carefully tracking every single meal, Rachel decided that enough was enough.  "After I reached my goal weight, I simply couldn't find motivation to eat healthy," she revealed. "I was mentally tired. When I was counting calories, my life was full of ups and downs and I was tired of living this way. I asked myself - 'Is this how I have to live my whole life?'" While using PumpUp, Rachel began to eat intuitively. Gradually, she thought less and less about how many calories were in her meals and focused more on the quality of food that she was eating. Over the course of two years, Rachel lost 52 pounds.

Ruben's Story Will Amaze You

Ruben's Story Will Amaze You

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." 

How Anastasia Overcame Body Dysmorphia

How Anastasia Overcame Body Dysmorphia

For a portion of Anastasia's younger years, she struggled drastic weight fluctuations and body dysmorphia. In middle school, she weighed less than 70 lbs at a height of 5'5". Then, she gained 80 lbs in her recovery phase.  "I was one of two things," she remembered. "At first, I was a girl who struggled with anorexia and bulimia for two years. Next, I was a girl who had gained too much weight after going on a pill I was given for recovery. I was unhappy and I hated my body. That's when I found PumpUp and my life truly began to change." Two months into Anastasia's journey, she had a hard time finding motivation to maintain healthy habits. Members from the PumpUp community helped her to get back on track. 

Carina's Inspiring 60-lb. Transformation

Carina's Inspiring 60-lb. Transformation

Four years of college took a toll on Carina. As a busy student, exercising and healthy eating ended up at the bottom of her priority list. Excuse after excuse piled up to the point where Carina didn't feel her best, physically. "After graduating, I realized that I needed to get back in shape," she remembered. "I wanted to be healthy. In August 2015, I realized that I wanted a change."

Katelyn's Transformation as a First Time Bikini Competitor

Katelyn's Transformation as a First Time Bikini Competitor

Faced with a full-time course load and two jobs, Katelyn had a difficult time prioritizing her health.   "I ate out often, and it wasn't fast food necessarily, but I rarely ate home-cooked meals," she remembered. "I always said to myself, 'On Monday, I am going to start eating healthy and going to the gym." Much to Katelyn's chagrin, 'Monday' would turn into the next week, and then the next month.  "Now that I use PumpUp and avidly go to the gym, my lifestyle has changed completely," she insisted.

How Alan Found Motivation to Lose 30 kgs

How Alan Found Motivation to Lose 30 kgs

“I didn’t go to the pool because I wasn’t happy with the way I looked." Shortly after Alan graduated from high school, he began to make small changes to his lifestyle. “I started out by incorporating healthier foods into my diet, and I went for short walks with my friend, which was a huge deal for me back then, since I wasn’t used to it at all,” he remembered. 

How Sarah Lost 4 Dress Sizes With the Help of PumpUp

How Sarah Lost 4 Dress Sizes With the Help of PumpUp

"I decided that I had enough of being overweight and I decided to do something about it. I joined my local gym and used PumpUp to gain motivation from other members' progress." Sarah's goal was to eventually share an inspiring transformation of her own, and she's done just that. "With the help of PumpUp, I have lost 52 lbs, 4 dress sizes, 10 inches off my stomach, 9 inches off my waist, and 6 inches off my thighs," she shared. "I am healthier and happier. I want to continue my journey by getting leaner."

How Megan got Healthy in College

How Megan got Healthy in College

 "For the first weeks of Freshman year, I felt like I was missing something." With the help of the PumpUp community, Megan eased back into the rhythm of living a more active and balanced lifestyle. "I got back into the swing of things and I ended up doing cardio at least 5 days a week," she recalled. "I love to go on PumpUp whenever I am bored or looking for motivation to get out of bed and go to the gym in the morning."

Tarahlynn's Journey to Body Confidence

Tarahlynn's Journey to Body Confidence

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." 

How Anna Lost 10 Kg In One Year and Kept It Off

How Anna Lost 10 Kg In One Year and Kept It Off

After Anna joined the PumpUp community in January 2015, she made a complete lifestyle transition. "PumpUp was an amazing source of motivation," she shared. "I have accomplished so many things thanks to PumpUp. Now, I hit the gym 5 times a week. It's something I would have never done before. I am also more self-confident." 

How Cara Overcame Her Struggle With Food Guilt - PumpUp Success Stories

How Cara Overcame Her Struggle With Food Guilt - PumpUp Success Stories

"The majority of my posts on PumpUp are aimed at being body positive because it is important for me to see myself as beautiful. It is so important to me that other men and women can look at themselves and stop nit-picking long enough to realize how truly blessed they are. PumpUp has been a great support for me in my journey to having a positive body image."

How Marita Reclaimed Her Health After an Ankle Injury

How Marita Reclaimed Her Health After an Ankle Injury

"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

How Anna overcame her addiction to sweet tea

How Anna overcame her addiction to sweet tea

Food used to be the solution to all of Anna's problems. It was her coping mechanism. "I was always heavier as a child and throughout my high school years," she revealed. "I ate anything and everything whenever I wanted it. I ate when I was bored or stressed [...and] I was a sweet tea addict." Anna hardly ever found the motivation to exercise, either. She spent most of her time sitting down, either at home or at school. Here's how she changed her life.

How Adeliza Escaped Colon Cancer and Changed Her Life

How Adeliza Escaped Colon Cancer and Changed Her Life

In January 2015, Adeliza's doctor informed her that she was on track to developing colon cancer. "At the age of 24, nobody wants to hear that," she remembered. "I had stomach pains and I wasn't digesting everything properly." From that point onward, Adeliza decided to change her habits for the better. She abandoned her former lifestyle, which consisted of little to no exercise and a diet filled with fried foods. Here's how she did it.

Rachel's Incredible 70-lb. Transformation

Rachel's Incredible 70-lb. Transformation

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."

How Brenda Became Her Most Confident Self

How Brenda Became Her Most Confident Self

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."

Here's What Motivated Desiree to Lose 100 lbs

Here's What Motivated Desiree to Lose 100 lbs

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."

From Skinny to Strong : Melanie's Journey To The Stage

From Skinny to Strong : Melanie's Journey To The Stage

 As a former ballerina, Melanie used to obsess over her weight and body image. Training for a figure competition changed that for her. "I used to weigh around 90-95 pounds (BMI around 17-17.5), which is unhealthy," she admitted. "I'm a perfectionist, so I wanted to control everything. I had a hard time dealing with weight gain. When I met my current boyfriend, he helped me get through that fear and accept weight gain." Now, Melanie weighs a healthy 115 lbs and feels more comfortable in her own skin than ever before.

How Amanda Triumphed Over Anorexia, Bulimia, and Menière's Disease

How Amanda Triumphed Over Anorexia, Bulimia, and Menière's Disease

For years, Amanda had a difficult time thinking about food as fuel. She battled with both anorexia and bulimia at the same time. "I had a surgery, I was just really down about myself, and I took it out on my body," she recalled. "Once I started eating and it all became bingeing, I knew I had to make a change. That was when I really got into working out." It has been two and a half years since Amanda healed from her eating disorders. Moderation was the key to her success.