WEIGHT 103 lbs
BODY FAT 8%
WEIGHT 121 lbs
BODY FAT 4.2%
I was diagnosed with anorexia at age 17. There were many days I would starve myself with low calorie foods and cut my intake to approximately 900 calories. At the time, I was a Welsh sprinter, so my metabolism was always high. This made me feel weaker and weaker. Later that year, my Taid (grandfather) was diagnosed with cancer and became ill.
He stopped eating because he didn't have the willpower. My mum (mom) was close to my Taid and got upset when she realized I could possibly follow his path. At that point, I made the decision to get bigger, stronger, and smarter.
I started going to my local gym at the running track. There, I got a few pointers from fellow athletes on certain exercises and how they benefit me, but I didn't feel this was helping me improve.
I joined a local gym near my college where I met others with the same goals. The instructors gave me lots of help and started me on the right track. One friend suggested Bodybuilding.com where I found loads of amazing workouts.
I followed Kris Gethin's 12-Week Hardcore Trainer for a few weeks until someone suggested I create my own routine. I spent two months trying many different exercises and created the ultimate workout for me.
The hardest part was the diet. Eating a lot was extremely difficult because my stomach shrunk from my phase of anorexia. Buying food was hard because it was expensive on my family, but I worked hard and was able to find ways to get the food. Buying in bulk was the easiest option.
Being a college student and finding time to consume my meals was a challenge because I couldn't eat during my lessons. I had to plan my workout around my eating schedule. Luckily, I found a great recipe for homemade meal replacements bars that was relatively cheap. It's all about planning ahead.
In the coming years, I hope to become a fitness instructor and help others achieve their goals to prove a point to myself, my family, and others that anything is possible if you believe. I would like to enter a few competitions to gain recognition and start my own sports nutrition brand.
The best suggestion I can offer anyone is to never give up and follow your dreams. Work hard and anything is possible. Don't ignore information from people, but don't take to it right away. Think about it and work around what they say. Something that may work for them, may not work for you. Keep your family and friends close and don't push them away. At first, they may seem to neglect your choice, but they will be there to support you in the future.
Bodybuilding.com helped me big time. I was able to look at the transformation articles, which showed me that anything is possible. Check out BodySpace. It's a great way to meet people who share the same passion as you.
The Bodybuilding.com forums are a great place to share ideas from recipes to workouts. You can answer any question you ask yourself on Bodybuilding.com.