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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.

Marissa's Journey to Greater Self-Confidence - PumpUp Success Stories

Marissa's Journey to Greater Self-Confidence - PumpUp Success Stories

Fast food used to be Marissa's ultimate vice. The more she consumed it, the heavier she became. "I gained 40 pounds in two years," she recalled. "I didn't go to the gym at all either. [Somebody on YouTube] mentioned PumpUp. I decided to check it out and fell in love." Marissa's sedentary ways changed when she joined PumpUp in August 2014. With the help of the PumpUp community, she resolved to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Now, Marissa cooks most of her own meals rather than opting for takeout food. "I eat mostly chicken breast, veggies, and brown rice," she said proudly. "Once in a while, I may have a cheat meal. A girl's gotta have burgers and fries sometimes!" What's more, Marissa makes it a point to exercise at least once a day. Her hard work has paid off - Marissa lost 20 lbs since she joined PumpUp. "I am just living my life and along the way, if I am inspiring and changing lives, that's amazing," she insisted. "So many people inspire me on PumpUp. I have a great support system and that's what keeps me going. I would not have gone this far if it wasn't for this app. I know that for a fact."

Weight aside, Marissa's confidence has taken the biggest turn. "I'm 28 years old and it has taken a very long time to get comfortable with myself," she revealed. "Now, I am falling in love with the person I am growing into. Not only am I changing physically, but mentally and spiritually. I have to give props to specific PumpUp members:  @gtbadams and @tweetii are always motivating me and are big inspirations to me."

Marissa's Biggest Obstacle 

Just lack of confidence mentally, I lost a lot of friends and I refused to get into a serious relationship because I lacked so much confidence. I am reading help books and rediscovering the things I want out of my life and it's really helping me to focus on myself.

Marissa's Workouts

I do 40 mins of cardio in addition to whichever muscle group I'm focused on, be it arms, legs, or glutes.

Marissa's Best Advice

Consistency, hard work , and determination is key. No matter how many times you fall get back up, it's going to be hard and you will want to give up but next year you will be proud that you started and what you accomplished." You only fail when you stop trying."

Marissa's Favorite Recipe

Silk milk+ whey chocolate protein powder + Herbalife dutch chocolate = double chocolate shake(my addiction).

More about Marissa

I have never worn a 2 piece bikini or bathing suit (it's my 2016 goal). I wrote story that inspired a children's book called Little Red Envelopes. It is in schools throughout Florida.

Keep Marissa pumped! Find her on PumpUp @itsrissabae and leave positive words of encouragement for her in the comments below. 

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." 

How Erica's weight loss journey is inspiring others on PumpUp

How Erica's weight loss journey is inspiring others on PumpUp

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Erica's body. She had already been on her weight loss journey for a year before she joined PumpUp, but decided to take a break from exercising. "On a good week, I was going to the gym three times a week before the break," she shared. Erica decided that the PumpUp community could help her to get back into the habit of exercising more often. 

How Amanda beat bulimia for good - PumpUp Success Stories

How Amanda beat bulimia for good - PumpUp Success Stories


“I was climbing a very small mountain…maybe we should call it a big hill…and I thought I was dying,” said Amanda C (@curvygirl), an extraordinary PumpUp member who turned to the app’s community for help when she realized that her health was spiralling in the wrong direction. This gripping realization came to her in the summer of 2014, when Amanda felt out of breath and exhausted after just 20 minutes of elevated walking. She staved off exercise after she beat bulimia during her adolescent years, fearful that exercise would make her relapse. “[My climb] got me thinking, is this the person I want to be? My answer to that was no,” she affirmed. “I thought that PumpUp was a perfect community to start my journey over again. Every member was so nice to one another and I became confident that I could document my journey on the app without feeling ashamed for being a beginner.” Before Amanda began to chronicle her progress with PumpUp, her history with bulimia distorted her relationship with food and nutrition. “I was afraid to think about food as fuel,” she confessed. “I was letting myself eat how much I wanted and whatever I wanted. As a former bulimic, that was a very big step in the right direction because I first began to learn not to obsess about food.”

curvygirl beat bulimia

Amanda's Transformation

With the help and encouragement of the PumpUp community, Amanda began to eat more nutritious food without obsessing over what it would do to her body. “I learned that healthy food can taste ten times better than junk food,” she explained. “I’m not on a diet: I just don’t eat things that aren’t the best for my body, such as white carbs and processed food.” Amanda’s current lifestyle is a drastic departure from her sedentary ways. Thanks to the constant encouragement of the PumpUp community, Amanda learned to love exercise and does small workouts whenever lacks the motivation to do so.

Though Amanda wasn’t always avid about exercise, she took achievable, gradual steps to change her habits and realized the importance of setting realistic goals. “After I joined PumpUp, I realized that my body couldn’t accomplish my ultimate goal (defined abs) in a short amount of time,” she elaborated. “I break my goals down into smaller steps. This summer, my stomach will be toned. Maybe I’ll have defined abs by next summer. I also set small goals for every workout—a common one would be running a certain distance without stopping.”

curvygirl beat bulimia

None of this came easily for Amanda. She attributes a lot of her success to the PumpUp community. “I now actually have a big PumpUp family—everyone is so nice to me and it’s definitely keeping me motivated!” she gushed. “I don’t think I would have come this far without PumpUp. It’s the perfect community to help anybody stay focused.” Amanda’s support system on PumpUp has grown so prolifically and helped her in ways that she could never have imagine. “My biggest motivation is actually everybody who follows me,” she insisted. “They must think that I’m doing something right and that is motivational as heck! I don’t think I would be where I am today if they weren’t this supportive!” Though Amanda periodically combats very low self esteem long after she beat bulimia, she no longer compares her progress to that of others. “I’m not less worthy than anybody else, regardless of the voice inside my head telling me otherwise,” she affirmed. “Whether you have the ‘perfect’ body or not, I think everybody battles with self doubt. Don’t be consumed by it. Tell yourself that you are the best person in the world, because you are!”

curvygirl beat bulimia

Amanda’s Favourite Recipe

“Healthy ice cream! Blend 2 frozen bananas, 2 dates, 1 spoonful of peanut butter, and 1 spoonful of cocoa together!”


Motivational Mantra

“I love to say that I’m a mortal with the potential of superman. I heard that saying from a song by a Swedish Glamrock Band (The Ark – The Worrying Kind). Everybody should look them up. I can’t describe how much I love them. They are awesome and have motivational lyrics.”


Exercise routine

In the summer Sweden is so beautiful and I love to do things outside: walking, running, cycling etc. I can enjoy the nature at the same time! I'm not that person that would be able to walk or run on the treadmill for hours, I get bored after 15 minutes! I need to see things, smell nature and feel the wind blowing through my hair! Then I feel alive! The winter is a little bit too cold for me so I do workouts at home. Basic things that you don't really need any equipment for”

curvygirl beat bulimia Fun fact about Amanda

“I’m still afraid of the dark and sometimes I tend to sleep with lights on. I listen to audiobooks every night to help me focus! My biggest love in the whole world is my puppy PimPim, she's half Chihuahua and half Pomeranian which makes her a Pomchi! I would do anything for her!”

Keep Amanda pumped! Follow her along her journey @curvygirl on PumpUp and @itscurvygirl on Instagram!


Yvonne is in better shape than she's ever been before, and she isn't stopping - PumpUp Success Story

PumpUp has helped Yvonne receive more motivation than she had ever had during her fitness journey. She has received mutual support from the PumpUp community for just over 5 months. “A YouTube Guru LoeyLane mentioned it in one of her videos and it seemed like a very interesting way to stay connected to the fitness world, while keeping me motivated!” Suffice it to say, Yvonne is determined to achieve her goals in 2015 now that she has wholehearted encouragement from the PumpUp community to support her.

Prior to PumpUp, Yvonne lamented that she was extremely sedentary. “I never exercised ever and my portions were out of control—I’m not exaggerating,” she cautioned. “I would sit down and eat a whole lasagna, a liter of pop, and a big bag of Doritos 4 times a week.” Her routine involved very little activity. “I woke up, ate a huge meal for breakfast, went to work, and when I got home, my feet would be swollen from standing for 5 hours,” Yvonne recounted. “I would proceed to watch TV for 6 hours after that—all while snacking and eating.”


The secret to Yvonne’s success has been portion control and consistent exercise. “For some people, calorie counting is too extreme, and I understand,” she elaborated. “It is something that I do to keep myself accountable.” Yvonne strives to exercise 4-6 times a week, alternating between going to the gym, doing home workout DVDs, and workouts that she creates for herself on the PumpUp app. She strongly believes in moderation. “I can eat whatever I want, as long as it fits into my calorie limit,” she shrugged. “The only things I have cut out of my life are soda and Doritos, but that’s because I can’t have just one.”

What makes Yvonne’s triumphs even more impressive is that she suffers from PCOS, an endocrinal disorder that makes it more difficult for her to lose weight. “I get depressed easily with PCOS as well,” she added. “I’ve dealt with it by just going slow. Losing weight actually makes PCOS symptoms better. The more weight I lose, the better my symptoms.” She’s taking it one step at a time, all with support and encouragement from thousands of members of the PumpUp community.


According to Yvonne, anybody who wants to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle should just start. “Start today—just make little changes to begin with,” she explained. “At first try drinking an extra few glasses of water, then cut out pop, then eat less fast food. Once you make these changes, slowly start to incorporate exercise and find something you can stick to, like hiking or swimming.” Yvonne mentioned that she used MyFitnessPal, a calorie-counting app and community that helped her stay on track. “PumpUp and MyFitnessPal have been 2 of my biggest motivators since starting my journey,” she gushed. Yvonne is also motivated by her own progress. “I told myself that I must have the discipline to eat right and exercise, or I will have to face the consequences of health problems and unhappiness in the future,” she elaborated.

As Yvonne continues her journey on PumpUp, she hopes to lose some of her remaining weight and to build a stronger community. “I love to hear about other peoples’ goals and success stories,” she affirmed. “I have lost over 40 pounds since I began tracking my progress with PumpUp and I’d love to lose the remaining 68 pounds in 2015 using this app!”


Yvonne’s Favourite Eats

“My favorite snack would be plain yogurt with honey, vanilla granola and dark chocolate chips.

My favorite meal would be chicken breast, green beans and asparagus tossed in low fat alfredo sauce with low sodium chicken broth! So delicious, the veggies are a great substitute for the pasta. My favorite drink would have to be one scoop of my chocolate protein powder, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, a frozen banana and one tablespoon of light peanut butter all blended together to make the best protein shake ever.”

Motivational Mantra

“’A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” I have this as my phone background as a reminder to never stop, never go backwards, even when I slip up, to just move on and start fresh.”

Favourite Workout

“My favorite routine on PumpUp would be full body pump! I find it quick and effective! When I’m not using PumpUp I’m either doing workout videos like Insanity, T25, 30 day shred! Or when I’m at the gym I am doing 15 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes with weights! That has been my go-to routine lately.”


Fun fact about Yvonne

“I actually weigh less now than I did when I was 12 years old! I’m 20 now!”

Keep Yvonne pumped on the PumpUp app @YvonneBerdkan and on Instagram @findingvonnie_

Why university catalyzed my health and wellness journey - Transformation Story


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


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.

How to stop binge eating


This is a post by PumpUp member @coachmelissa. Check out her website at 

What is binge eating?

Binge eating is a disorder characterized by compulsive eating that makes people feel out of control and powerless to stop. A binge eating episode can last for half an hour or on and off for a full day, and a binge eater eats without being able to stop or paying attention to what he’s eating, even if he stopped being full long ago. Binge eating can make you feel sick to your stomach, guilty, and like you’re spinning out of control.


It will take some time to break out of this bad habit. I don’t say this to discourage you, but to be realistic. You don’t develop disordered eating habits overnight, so you can’t expect to break them overnight either right? Be patient and consistent, I can promise you it WILL get better and you WILL be successful. Believe in yourself that you can change this bad behaviour by replacing it with a healthy habit that will turn to be a lifestyle.

If you want to know how to stop binge eating, follow these steps:

1) Don’t diet. This is not the answer to your problem.
There’s a good chance that a diet is what spiraled you into binge eating in the first place.  

The solution: You need to have healthy and well-balanced meals every day. Which means three meals + two snacks throughout your day with good carbs, proteins, fruits & veggies.

2) Never skip breakfast. No matter what. Breakfast is THE most important meal of your day. The reason is pretty simple; it gives you the energy and vitamins to start your day. Think of it like the fuel for your body. If you skip breakfast, you will find yourself eating way more during lunchtime than if you had your breakfast. Plus, if you are trying to lose weight, skipping breakfast won’t help you will gain weight.

The solution: You don’t have to eat the minute you hop out of bed. Give yourself some time. You can either, get up a bit earlier to make yourself a healthy breakfast or pack it with you when you leave your house and eat it once you get to school or the office. Another idea is to prepare the night before what your breakfast will be on the table. Smoothies are a great idea to start your day!

3) Reduce your stress level. This is one of the major causes of binge eating. Stress steals your happiness. You will need to learn how to reduce stress in your life.

The solution: Start exercising. Seriously. Exercising 3 to 6 times a week will not only reduce your stress but you’ll be more energetic, positive, alert, lose weight and much more. Heck! It’s the perfect remedy and it’s FREE!

4) Remove ALL temptations! Yes, you heard me! Cookies, chips, and sodas…they all have to go. Removing temptations in your house will help you stop binge eating and in your weight loss journey as well.

The solution: Clean your fridge and pantry. Get rid of all temptations that you think would damage your success. Bring in only healthy and smart choices! Tip: Before leaving the house for grocery shopping: have your grocery list already made, shop only in the fresh produce aisles nothing sealed or packaged.

5) Have  positive support. If you know you will need help in the beginning, you can ask your family members, spouse or me to help you in this journey. Being supported is so important for your success!

The solution: Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, remember you are not alone in this, ask people for help and support. I personally can help you by providing healthy meal plans, exercises, tips, motivation, etc…

I would love to help so you can break free of binge eating and live a healthy fulfilling life!

Today, make the decision to change this behaviour with a healthy lifestyle. Once you made the decision, make a commitment to yourself. Decision and commitment made, take action now. Start small. In your first week, start with one of the 5 tips above. Implement these tips weekly by changing your old habits on a daily basis. One step at a time, no rush, you will get there. Remember to be patient, believe and be kind to yourself. IMG_9252_2.JPG

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How Xanthy got healthy and recovered from heartbreak - PumpUp Spotlight


Xanthy (@xanthynauta) is an International Business student who made a healthy lifestyle her business after she was inspired to eat mindfully with the help of PumpUp. She gained confidence, recovered from heartbreak, and is stronger than ever. Learn about how the PumpUp community (and posts from members like @_harleyjade_) helped her along her journey!

From the age of 7 till the age of 16, Xanthy’s life revolved around Irish dancing—but when this stopped, she needed a way to get back on track. Xanthy won the Mainland European Champion title three times and trained almost every day to improve. To her dismay, due to financial difficulties, she was forced to quit Irish dancing and abandoned her active lifestyle as a consequence. “Over summer vacation I’d eat McDonalds a few times a week and drank way too much alcohol. Seeing myself in pictures at the age of 18 made me want to change and get rid of that awful feeling of being insecure,” recounts Xanthy.


In the 5 months before she started using PumpUp, Xanthy enrolled in a gym and worked out 4 times a week—without seeing palpable progress. “I had no clue about healthy eating habits until I started using PumpUp,” she insists.

Since she joined the app in April after her sister @cheyennenauta recommended it to her, Xanthy’s eating habits changed drastically. “Other PumpUp members gave me inspiration and a good image for how a healthy lifestyle should work,” she says. “I limit my calories to around 1200 a day: Oats or Greek Yogurt for breakfast, a small fruit snack, a small lunch (usually corn tortillas with chicken slices, a fibrous snack (often whole wheat bread with peanut butter), dinner cooked by my mom, and a high protein snack after I work out.”


Xanthy works out everyday but rests when she feels like her muscles need to recover. She thrives on having variety in her routine. “I love going to the gym, doing a T25 workout, an Insanity workout, or going for a run. Squats are my favourite!,” she says excitedly. 

Support from the PumpUp community helped Xanthy recover from a broken heart.  “It was my first real relationship in my life and it lasted 8.5 months,” she reveals. “[From the time that this was written], it has been 2 months since the break up and PumpUp and fitness helped me through it every single day.”

The gym was the first place she turned to on the day of the break up. “I was crying and walked out of the gym, very emotional. I needed one week for myself,” she elaborates. “After two months I finally feel happier than ever because of your support! Seeing posts from other PumpUp members and all of the nice and motivational things that people say here, this PumpUp community makes me feel loved! It’s a very important part of my life.”


Xanthy strongly stresses that PumpUp members should never compare their own progress with that of others. “Only compete with yourself,” she emphasizes. “Place one of your ‘before’ body shots in your room where you’d often see it. You will see that picture every day and you will be reminded why you started this [journey]!” As Xanthy continues to live an active lifestyle, she hopes to remain dedicated to her health, gain strength, and lose all of her insecurities. 

The greatest source of motivation for Xanthy is confidence. “It’s the best feeling in the world that every dedicated person deserves,” she says. Xanthy is extremely inspired by other members of the PumpUp community as well! “PumpUp member @_harleyjade_ is a strong lady who posts motivational things every day!”

Favourite Eats

“I love combining banana, peanut butter, and a little bit of dark chocolate in my oats. It’s my favourite thing for breakfast on weekends.”

Motivational mantra

“I am my only competitor.”

Favourite exercise routine

A complete body workout at the gym always makes me feel amazing!” 


More about Xanthy

“I’m studying International Business. I’m 19 years old (my healthy lifestyle started at April 2014 thanks to PumpUp! I’m feeling blessed with my amazing family, sharing all the sad and happy moments in my life with them. And yes I’m obsessed with my new lifestyle and the PumpUp app!” 

Follow Xanthy on PumpUp at @xanthynauta and on Instagram @xanthy_nauta to keep her Pumped!!!

Life after losing 60 lbs: part 1


Life After Losing 60 Pounds…It’s Not What You Think Pt. 1

I struggle. Every. Single. Day. I have 60 pounds at the time of this writing, and I am overjoyed with my accomplishment. I should be, of course!!!  I look so far from the person I was a year ago. I hardly recognize myself in the mirror. Hey, I actually LOOK in the mirror now! I even do my hair and buy clothes. This journey has led me to an amazing new career that I can’t even call a J.O.B. It’s a joy to do what I do! Every day I help women reach their health and fitness goals. I love checking in with them on PumpUp and achieve their milestones and I feel elated with them! I love to celebrate with them, post inspiring quotes and motivational bits to keep them going, to keep them strong. I post inspiring things to the PumpUp community to help everyone but that’s not all. 

I need those posts, too. 

When my PumpUp Family posts motivational, inspirational, progress posts, it’s incredibly moving to me and it really lights a fire to keep going on this journey. However, I’m afraid that I may have given the impression that I don’t struggle. That this weight loss was easy for me, and here I am all healthy and thinner 12 months later.  A few months ago I talked to a couple friends about a rough day I was having and I was startled at their response. They were surprised! They had no idea that I was struggling! 

It’s my fault, really. I don’t exactly post negative stuff on my feed. I figure that I don’t like reading posts of others that complain about their life all the time, so I don’t do that. I mean, there is enough negative, depressing things in the world, so I share struggles at a minimum and try to stick to posting positive, happy things. Why am I always positive? Well, always is a bit of a stretch…

About Natasha

I’m a 30 year old mom & wife! I own Natasha Jane Fitness, helping women reach their fitness & nutrition goals.

My user name on PumpUp is LiveHappyHealthyFit.
Instagram User: NatashaJaneFit
My website is: [where you can download some super rad free stuff] and you can chill with me on Facebook at: 

Debbie's Weight Loss Journey Will Inspire You

Easing into the groove of a healthy and active lifestyle isn’t without hardship, and PumpUp’s own DebbieMC1232 chronicles her story beautifully. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page. After losing nearly 42 lbs since January 2014, Debbie is now well on her way to becoming a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Learn about how Debbie has been able to marry her passion for motivating others with the PumpUp community down below. 


My name is Debbie and I’m from Ireland. When I was younger, I would spend all of my pocket money on fitness magazines and would read through every single page taking every single bit of information in.  Suffice it to say, I loved everything about fitness. I loved working out and keeping active and would play any sport when I was younger.

Everything changed when I was 18 and accepted a job at a discount store. I couldn’t wait to start and had kept imaging what I would buy with all my money (as it was my first job). But six years later, I was still working there. I had become a different, unhappy, depressed woman. I had gained 3 stone (42 lbs) over the years from comfort eating because I hated my job and hated what my life had become. I stopped going out, detested looking at myself in the mirror and just wanted to leave the job, but felt somewhat stuck as I had been there so long.

This year, on January 7th, I was fired from my job. Some people would think I would be upset but I was over the moon. It meant that my life was going to change for the better. This was the day I decided that this was my chance to prove everyone wrong. I was going to lose the weight, not by ‘dieting’ but by eating healthy and working out. I had found that every time I told someone I was going to lose the weight that they would say ‘oh sure, how long will this last?’ and nearly straight away I would give up.


This time it was going to be different. This time I wasn’t going to tell anyone. I would let them see my weight loss for themselves. The first time that my boyfriend commented that I looked like I had lost weight was the moment I knew I couldn’t give up. I had to see this through.

I found a free workout website called and did the 30 day challenge to get in shape, combined with healthy eating and working out and lost 12lbs in 2 weeks. I was ecstatic. By doing the 30 day challenge it got me into a routine of working out daily and I loved it!!

A few months later, I set up my own fitness page called Debbie’s Health and Fitness Motivation. I have constant daily tips for helping men and women lose weight. I am overwhelmed by the amount of followers I have and the amount of people that write to me daily seeking my help. I always make time to help other people with losing weight, as I know exactly what it feels like. One girl in particular has lost nearly 3 stone with the help of my page—and she is one of many.

I eat healthy 6 days a week, and one day in the week I have one treat day and have what I want, but I never over indulge any more.

On Monday September 22nd I started a combination course in Galway Ireland with Image Fitness, and I will be a qualified gym instructor, fitness instructor and personal trainer by February (as long as I pass my exams, that is).

Life is so much better since I lost the weight, became healthier and became a happier person in general.


Six years ago I could barely get myself out of bed, I hated work and I was so so unhappy. I will never go back to the way my former, unhealthy lifestyle was.

I motivate myself every single morning I get up. I go straight on my page every morning and help motivate the 1,800+ followers I have by going through all the positives of losing weight, promising them it is worth it. I have lost nearly 3 stone since January— a combination of not giving up, setting myself goals, and rewarding myself with weekends away, perfumes, and other things every time I lost 5 lbs. Take your weight loss 5 lbs at a time. Don’t pressure yourself to do the impossible. Take it a few steps at a time, but always remember to look back at how far you have come and pat yourself on the back!

You deserve it!!! I am so, so happy I was told about PumpUp as I myself need some motivation at times. I do spend most of my time motivating other people, so I found it a ‘God Send’ to find PumpUp. I honestly wouldn’t be able to go a day without the constant and daily inspiration from other people all over the world, sharing their progress and stories. 

So thank you PumpUp, you are doing such a great job, keep it up!