Faith from SimplyFit shares her journey from disordered eating to strong and balanced, and how she discovered her passion through fitness…
1. Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Faith. I am 27 years old with a rambunctious soon to be five-year-old daughter and a hard-working husband. We live a nonstop, eventful life filled with adventure, tragedy, good times, and bad times. I am an open book. When people ask questions, I don’t hold anything back. I went through a period of having for part-time jobs to now having one full-time job that allows me to work from home and gives me more time with my family. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. I am now a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist with my own company SimplyFit.
2. When did your eating disorder first begin?
I developed an eating disorder when I was 17. When I was 14 years old I was taken from my parents and put into a group home. After a few months, my best friend’s parents were able to get me out and I went to live with them permanently. High school was a hard time for me. I still questioned why God would do this to me. I struggled with my body image and never felt good enough. I questioned why it was so hard to love me. This thinking spiralled into an eating disorder. To me, it was the only thing I felt like I had control over.
3. What treatment was most successful for you?
My best friend picked up on it and confronted me, but I wasn’t ready to listen. It wasn’t until she got her mom involved that I was ready to listen. She made me stand in front of the mirror every morning and tell myself I was beautiful and one thing I liked about myself. It seems silly, but it’s what I needed to hear. I needed to know that someone cared enough to not let me do this to myself. It wasn’t easy, but with the constant support from my new family and friends, I was able to gain some control of my life in an appropriate manner. I ended up graduating a year early and headed off to college.
4. What have been some of the biggest changes you’ve made since your recovery?
Through college, I still struggled with how I looked, but I didn’t let it bother me too much. I wasn’t taking any measures to change my appearance. Right before graduation I found out I was pregnant and before you know it I gained over 50 lbs. This was very hard for me, but I used food as a crutch to deal with how I was feeling. I felt alone during my pregnancy. A lot of my friends were just at different points in their life. My, now, husband tried his best, but I was miserable. After my daughter was born I dropped the weight quickly by breastfeeding and working on my feet. A few years after I decided I wanted to do something for me, something for my body. I was tired of eating like crap and feeling the exact same way. I decided to hire a personal trainer and I fell in love. I loved working out and eating better. I started to love what my body was capable of. For the first time, I felt like I was in control in a good way. I loved who I was becoming. My love for fitness grew so much that I decided I wanted to help others feel this way. I became certified and haven’t looked back since.
5. What advice do you have for other women who are struggling with eating disorders?
My advice for others struggling with eating disorders is this, take each day a step at a time. Don’t try to fix everything in a day. Make little steps each day to find help. Reach out to friends, join groups and seek God. Through fitness, I found myself, but I also found my salvation. This whole time I was looking for someone to love me when God was right there with arms wide open. You are loved and you will get through this!! Seek help and you will find it.
6. How do you stay healthy these days?
Being a personal trainer doesn’t mean I work out every day all day like most would think. I still struggle staying on track from time to time. I try to workout 4x a week and eat mindfully. I firmly believe health and fitness should be a part of your life, not your whole life. Finding balance has been great for me.
7. What made you want to become a personal trainer?
I’ve always wanted to help others. I wanted to make a difference in one person’s life. I started a lifestyle blog that turned fitness. Through that blog, I realized I was able to help tons of ladies who have faced the same struggles I have. It makes my heart so happy to do that for a living!
8. Do you think there is anything we can do within the health industry to help women have a healthier relationship with food?
I could go on for days with ways we can help, but I’ll end with this. It starts at home. As parents, I think it’s so important to remind our kids that beauty comes from within a person. It’s how we treat others and ourselves that reflect how others view us. As a society, we have to stop portraying that a girl has to look a certain way. These charts that show what someone should weigh are complete garbage. They don’t take into account muscle and body types. We all carry weight differently and these charts give a false idea of what is “normal”.
More about Faith
My first blog was FaithInEverything which helped me decide I wanted to venture into the health field. I now have another blog SimplyFit. This blog is sole about health and fitness, but I share my story of my journey as well as tips on how to start your very own. I encourage woman to fall in love with the body they have been given. I want women to know that we are all in this together and there is help for those who need it along the way.
Thank you so much Faith for sharing your health journey!
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