From Anorexia to Personal Trainer
Monday, June 27, 2011
This is posted on Facebook page Buster Fitness.
How do you transform from anorexic to certified personal trainer/fitness nutrition specialist?
After multiple hospitalizations, doctors, nutritionists...it took decades to get here.
Nutrition and fitness were always passions of mine. I unfortunately abused them, but not to the point of no return. After spending years restricting my calorie intake of sometimes nothing more than a diet soda and salad; I now find myself in the kitchen creating recipes. After spending endless hours on cardio equipment at several gyms each week, I now watch my muscles grow with planned strength training routines that get me out of the gym in under an hour. I am so much happier now that I am treating my body to the degree it should be treated. I won't get into what triggered my eating disorder or at least some theories of what did, but the end result was me wanting to be thinner and to most people "way too thin". Besides not eating much at all, I also tried every diet that was out on the market. The scary thing was weight loss specialists, all ones that we see on TV (I won't name names) would take me as a client even when I was at a lower than recommended weight. Still today I read every new plan on losing weight. I felt like I had to test them all out. As I followed each new diet the weight would come off and of course I would be losing lean body mass along with fat. Until four years ago I still didn't "get it". It wasn't just having a calorie deficit at the end of each day that was going to reap results, it was the ratio of macronutrients and increasing muscle that was going to lead me to the shape I wanted. Everyone now knows the term "skinny fat". That was me. All my hard work with weights at the gym were being destroyed by my muscles breaking down from not eating enough protein and from over exercising. The result, going back to my basic plan, nothing fancy. I needed higher amounts of lean protein, more healthy fats and less starchy carbs and most of all I had to say goodbye to sugar. Am I still intrigued by eating clean, paleo and other new plans? Yes and I know they work great for others. I'm just not going on one of those paths right now. I'm choosing to be BORING! I incorporate a little of many different nutrition philosophies into my daily diet. I found out what works for me. When I guide someone else to their goals I will find out what works best for them. It's never too late to turn your life around!
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