Hey everyone, my name is Erin and I’m 27 years old. I currently train at Heatcamps but not for the same reasons as most people. I’m not there for weightloss I’m there for my body’s health and my state of mind. From the age of 12/13 I have battled with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. I would starve myself, make myself throw up and experience serious hunger pains.
I would come home from work and do an hour’s cardio without eating anything; it was torture and I couldn’t help it. I was spiralling out of control. At first, people would compliment me when they saw I was losing weight. I would take those compliments on board and thought what I was doing was good. In actual fact I was destroying my body. People used to say stupid things like am I anorexic or am I just not eating. There was a 6 month period in my life where I lost my 1st ever dog, I lost my auntie and split up with my partner of 7 years. This put me under a ridiculous amount of stress and at the time it seemed the only thing I had control over was my eating or lack of eating.
The trigger point for me was when my cousin was diagnosed with anorexia and was sectioned. She weighed less than 6 stone and I then took a step back and realised where I was heading, I had to make a change or lead the same path as my cousin. I was sent to my doctors for numerous tests and I was finally diagnosed, for me this was a relief because it meant that I had something wrong that I could fix and move forward in my life. I’ve been active for some time now to really try and get my body back to full health. I don’t want to see bones anymore; I want to see muscle tone and feel good. I’m conquering my eating disorder and I’m healthier and happier than ever. I joined Heatcamps back in August and I have gone from strength to strength. My muscle is increasing, I’m gaining healthy weight (I now weigh a healthy 10 stone.)
At the beginning when I started Heatcamps a lot of alternatives where given to me to help work around my weak areas. Now I get through full sessions with absolutely no alternatives and certain exercises made harder for me. Part of my recovery from my disorder is to speak out about it; that’s why I’m sharing this with you today! I’m stronger and happier than ever and everybody can get out of that dark place they feel they’re in. You’re not alone!
I had always wanted to join a gym but was not really that confident in myself to actually do it. Seeing my sisters’ progress at Heatcamps and their posts online, I kept telling myself I would join but then I would make excuses not to.
Then in January I noticed the difference in myself: I had put on nearly a stone due to stress. That’s when I realised I needed to sort myself out. So I gave in and I finally joined. Jamie made me feel like I had been coming for years; he gets to know you individually and how far to push you even though some days I wish he’d forget my name!
Heatcamps has given me something to focus on; seeing my results has given me the confidence and motivation to keep going. I don’t diet or restrict myself even though I should, so I can only imagine the results if I had started when I said I would. I would recommend these classes to anyone!
I just want to say a big thank you to Jamie, Lara and Bradley. You don’t realise how much these guys can help you! The fitness and motivation they give is second to none, but it’s not just the training; they join in the banter and laughs while you’re working hard and everyone bounces off each other, so it’s like being with mates you have had for years. You don’t get that anywhere else. I have been to many gyms and I have tried different things but you just don’t get the same atmosphere and enjoyment like you do when you’re at Heatcamps. I had ulcerative colitis a good few years back and 4 operations as a result. I had a colostomy bag for a year; you name it , I had it and it near enough killed me. The weight I put on was terrible because of the certain foods I was only able to have and the lack of motivation for fitness I had. The first picture was taken a couple of years ago when I was at my biggest. I have been going to Heatcamps for around 8 months. Heatcamps has helped me physically and mentally and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.