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Why university catalyzed my health and wellness journey - Transformation Story

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This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel

'Eureka' moments only occur once in a blue moon. Mine began with this simple, sudden, and striking realization: I can do anything.can change my lifestyle. Magic happens when you believe in yourself.

This wasn’t always the case. When I was in high school, had trouble with anxiety due to several contributing factors: social pressure, lower marks, bullying, and so on. As a result, I would stress-eat and lacked the energy and motivation to perform any type of physical exercise. The burden of anxiety constantly consumed me, and I couldn’t think properly because I was filled with pools of negativity. I wasn’t technically overweight but I didn’t feel healthy. Later on, I found out that at the age of 19, I had very high levels of cholesterol. I knew I had gone too far. 

Although I knew what I had to do deep down inside of me, I waited until university to make the transition towards a healthier lifestyle. This new chapter in my life became a great opportunity for a great change, and a chance to adopt good habits. 

It was at this point in my life that I joined the PumpUp community. Now that I live by myself, I am able to have more control over what I eat. I only purchase what is healthiest for me and am more careful over the composition and timing of my meals.  When I decided that I wanted to change my lifestyle, I introduced the PumpUp app to a few of my friends and now we keep each other accountable. We schedule our gym visits and work out together. It may not seem worth it, but I swear that the feeling after you workout and the changes that you and others begin to see will be worth the sweat and hardship. Giving up at this point will mean that you’d be giving up on your life, stepping backwards and harming yourself.

My advice to those who think that they will not make it, to those who have not noticed changes yet, to those who doubt whether it is worth it or not, and to those who think they do not have time and motivation to live a healthy lifestyle is: ”Just try. It is possible. Just because you are trying means that inside of you there’s a little ‘something’ that knows that you need a change. Do not ignore it, because it will reward you with unexpected feelings of well-being and self-esteem”

In my case, I waited for my moment to come. Then I did what I knew I had to do. But some people have the chance to begin a new lifestyle every day, so I would tell them to listen to that ‘something’ now and take advantage of that, since people with more difficulties have already accomplished their goals. Regardless of the situation, everybody is able to feel proud and satisfied with her or his body.

So this month I encourage you to #SpreadPositivity all over PumpUp and in your daily life!  Get your new healthy lifestyle started now

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This is a post by PumpUp member @nidako. Bouncing back from borderline obesity, Naika turned her life around with the help and support of the PumpUp community.

I started off as a slim, athletic child. I remember climbing up coconut trees without any problems at all. I ran quicker than anybody I knew. At the age of 9, everything changed for the worse: I wasn’t going through anything that may have led to particularly unhealthy habits, I just ate out of boredom. 

Weighing 145 pounds at a mere 5’3, I would spend hours and hours sitting and eating. What’s more, I would wake up at 3 am and have a full meal right then and there. At the age of eleven I was 5’6 and 190lbs: pounds away from being classified as ‘obese’. My body began to give up and I was even diagnosed with gallstones. The pain I was going through was unbearable, and I would almost definitely throw up if I ate too much of anything.

Though I dropped to 170 lbs, I nevertheless underwent an emergency surgery to remove the stones. The doctors told me I had to lose weight to prevent that from ever happening again. Despite their warning, I gained all of the weight back and more one month after recovering from surgery.

One year later, I knew that something had to be done. I woke up and said to myself “No”. I woke up at 5 in the morning EVERYDAY to go to the gym. I started off as a cardio kitty then slowly added weights at 150 lbs.

Since I decided to commit to a healthy lifestyle, I noticed a difference in my mood and confidence. I became happier everyday. The girls who teased me now envy me. Not only did I make changes to my physical health, I took time to nurture my mental health as well by meditating 30 minutes a day. My motivation was, and still is, myself.  

Here I am: a girl that once wore size 16 jeans and extra large shirts who is now confident enough to wear a two piece swim suit without any problem. I don’t plan to stop at any time of my life and I’m grateful for the confidence and happiness that this change has inspired.

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Get this, kellergetsfit lost 7.5 lbs between today and 8 weeks ago and look at the progress she’s made! We’re super excited for her!! Keep her pumped on Transformation Tuesday and remember to post up your photos!!