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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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  • 5FRUITSNVEGGIES
    ooopss sorry to have posted on the belly fat blog from over a year ago---hello! i need to read the dates on the blog

    so relating to this one : )

    yes i know skinny fat....

    and again congrats on becoming a personal trainer!
    1873 days ago
  • TRAINER_T
    Great post!!!
    1910 days ago
  • TRUETOMOLLY
    Girl, thansk for sharing. You are amazing and have come so far. I think of you as one of my biggest examples here in such a positive, balance way! I couldn't be more thankful that there was that turn around for YOU! You are beautiful inside and out!
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    1915 days ago
  • BOOKWORM27S
    Great blog! What an amazing story! I too have turned my eating disorder (binge eating) around, and have been able to make a healthy, more balanced life. Thanks for sharing your story.
    1915 days ago
  • ALESHABEE
    Love this girl!! You do know I'm your #1,2 and 3 fan right!! I love your stuff. And you are so right, it's about finding a plan that works for you...and I too will be on that path when comp prep is over. I will be incorporating a bit of yours, Ruben's and a bit of my own. Beautiful!!

    And that tiramisu..to die for! I hope you are working on a cookbook of desserts. It would do really well...I just know it!
    1915 days ago
  • MSILVER94
    Thanks for posting that blog!! Congratations to you for accomplishing a healthy life style!
    1918 days ago
  • HEALTHYCOCONUT
    Great job on your transformation! You look fabulous, have a great attitude and are an inspiration!!
    1918 days ago
  • _FITMAMA
    Great blog Paula! Thanks for sharing!
    1918 days ago
  • _FITMAMA
    Great blog Paula! Thanks for sharing!
    1918 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Thanks for inspiring so many! Thankfully I've never had a full blown ED, but I'm like you in that I try a lot of things & take a little bit away from most everything I try. Exercise & nutrition fascinate me, too!
    1918 days ago
  • MAYBELLE06
    I am so happy for you, you sound like you have found balance and really understand your nutrition:) Good on ya!
    I feel like I'm getting closer to this too. Like I started as a Tosca follower, with all the contradicting rules and such. Then soon realized we should just be eating food that is whole and natural, no low fat or 0 calorie, just real food! Said goodbye to grains which wasn't new for me as I had a wheat allergy before. I pay attention to my macro's and now I seem to be having success. And it feels natural not forced, no deprivation here just living.
    Nope it's never too late!
    1918 days ago
  • APMAC_D
    I totally agree with that, it's never too late to turn your life around. Amazing. You have one great story here.
    1919 days ago
  • PWILLIAMS7
    It is so good to hear the accomplishment you have made thus far. The battle with ourselves are so deep sometimes many can't find their way out. I am commended you for being able to look within yourself and put forth the effort to make a positive change for yourself! Even though we don't know each other, I am truly proud and happy for you! It's good to see people make a change as you have because it shows us that we're not perfect but we can make a change in ourselves to better our future some how. Way to Go! xoxo
    1919 days ago
  • LUVYA04
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    Thanks for writing this, I too would exercise constantly and just drink soda and eat salads. Yes I was thin but after my last child that plan was not working anymore. I am learning how to eat again.
    1919 days ago
  • MEGSMILEY
    Good for you! I know how hard it is to change that kind of thinking and I am so happy you finally started to treat your body properly. I'm sure having your little boy was a big motivation to get healthy... I know it was for me.
    P.S.- just a few words to your vanity- I think you look way better now than in your ultra-lean photo... You look smokin' hot with the lean muscle and curves!! You look beautiful. Truly.
    Rock on!
    :)
    1919 days ago
  • WINACHST
    I am finding that knowledge is power when it comes to making choices when eating. Congratulations on coming to terms with what you need to do in order to acheive a healthy lifestyle.
    1919 days ago
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