Hi I’m Victoria, a 20 Year old personal Trainer from Manchester, recently took up the roll of becoming a shop4supplements sponsored athlete and very privileged to say the least!
Some of you guys may know me as @healthyfitvic on Instagram… or some of you may not know me at all so my first post will be a little bit about me and how I got where I am today!
People have some crazy perception that I popped out of the womb the way I look today, lifting weights since I could lift up a bottle… but its not all that true, and it’s actually been a whirlwind of a roller coaster to get me to optimum health both mentally and physically.
My passion for health and fitness is beyond any ‘hobby’. I was a part of pretty much every sports team through primary school and attended dance class since I can remember. When high school rolled around I decided that Dance was the profession I wanted to go into, so following on from school I attended 3 Years intense dance training at a Professional Dance college. Physically I was so healthy, constantly on the move, eating to fuel my activity (and a little bit more) and always in pretty good shape; but being a girl, comparisons and bad body image mentally drained me, it affected me a lot more than I realised, eventually causing my physical health to deteriorate.
During my Third year of Dance College, the pressure of the upcoming auditions made me more conscious than ever about what I looked like. After 9-5 Non-stop days I would then go to the gym and run a hefty 10 k each day followed by a million sit ups in the hope that I would get an amazing ‘six pack’ and a nice big ‘thigh gap’. My calorie intake slowly dropped as my obsession with losing weight grew larger.
And so the series went on, Calories got lesser and training more intense, I began to grow an obsession with the number on the scale and let it rule my life. Before I knew it I was diagnosed with anorexia.
My intentions of having ‘the perfect body’ for dance auditions were completely counteracted as I was dismissed from college until I got back to a healthy weight.
I was in a place where I had no idea what to do. I thought it was normal to do loads of cardio and live off only salad and fruit because that’s what I saw a lot of other people do. ‘fats make you fat’ ‘carbs make you fatter’ ‘Only single ingredient foods #eat clean’ , so many phrases thrown around with a lack of information to back it up. It drove me crazy!
After months of fighting with my own brain and shockingly hitting the weight of a 9 year old child, I realised the illness was taking too much from me, and began my battle against anorexia.
It was the hardest thing I have ever and will ever do in my life! A constant battle with myself over something so easy as eating food to return back to health. With the support of my family and friends there was only one road I could follow and the destination was health.
I began an Instagram account, where I would document my recovery journey. I would post honestly about my food, and any struggles I faced. I would challenge myself daily and before I knew it my following grew larger, girls emailing me every day telling me how much I am inspiring them to fight their own battles too. This only made me want to recover more! And so I did.
When I hit a relatively healthy weight, my dad also let me join back with my Personal Trainer who helped me further with my journey, aiming to get me the strong look rather than the skinny, which i had actually been aiming for all along. He managed to change my overall outlook on how to train in the gym and how to fuel my body correctly, building my metabolism up as well as rapidly gaining my strength back.
I am now standing at more than a healthy weight; it’s safe to say that I LOVE my body and I am WOWed daily at the new things it can achieve. I have sufficient knowledge on fuel and supplementation the body needs to function but also to achieve various physique goals. You’ll now find me by the weights as opposed to by the treadmill because that is where a solid foundation of a feminine physique is found.
If there is one thing I have learnt through my whole journey it would be that beauty is purely in the mind. Self love and self acceptance is needed before any journey begins weather its weight loss or weight gain. There will never be a weight that you will achieve and automatically feel the happiest you have ever felt (STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE). It takes spiritual peace within your mind to show your true beauty and become a healthy happier you.
If through my sponsorship and my business as a personal trainer, I can inspire as many females as possible to train properly and feed their bodies with the correct fuel and supplementation, and enable women to look into the mirror and think ‘you know what I AM beautiful’ no matter what shape or size; I will feel as though I have succeeded in lifeJ
I hope you guys feel like you know me a litttttle bit more about me now and you can continue to follow my journey through various different activities I have lined up in the future! I will be blogging my diet, my supplementation and my training and also more general/ knowledgeable post about nutrition and training.
If there is anything you guys want to know about just comment below and I will make a list!
Adiossss for now!