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From Anorexic to Fit: A Fitness Journey

From Anorexic to Fit: A Fitness Journey

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    Nov 25, 2015   Author : admin

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You’ve probably heard how hard it is to go from anorexic to fit, but you’ve never even imagined how REALLY hard it is until you read the journey of Tova Ross.

“Each tiny gain was a victory”

This story, a journey from anorexic to fit was submitted to Shape Magazine by Ross in September this year. In her story, Tova Ross first explains her obsession of being anorexic. 

“What greater strength could there be than to paint a portrait of your inherent fortitude by whittling your frame into a walking statement of modern art?”

But then amid the fog that was her “enervated brain,” Tova Ross “found a small light that grew steadier as it channeled me back toward health.”

She went through months of therapy in hospitals and achieved a certain kind of “normalcy” in her weight. But then she met the “buffest Orthodox Jew” she had ever seen. Being an Orthodox Jew herself, Tova was inspired by his physique. 

The “buffest Orthodox Jew” co-owned a gym nearby, which emphasized strength and weight training, CrossFit style. He told her: “You should come by for a workout.”

She first laughed at the mere thought of her lifting weights and doing kettle bell-swinging, but then she gathered her nerves and stopped by the gym one cool morning, “just to check the place out,” as she thought.

“That was a year ago. I've been going ever since,” Tova wrote.

She felt completely out of place: the gym was populated mostly by men with overdeveloped muscles, all looking at her like at some “quasi-Medieval torture devices.”

But she took a deep breath and started with the basics: “self-consciously stumbling through foundational stretches and movements like squats, sit-ups, and shoulder presses until I could do them unassisted.”

Tova then grew strength to do twenty push-ups instead of five “pathetic” push-ups she had managed to do when first stopped by the gym. Seeing definition in her biceps and stomach, she was inspired to continue her journey.

“Each tiny gain was a victory,” she wrote.

Tova says she grew addicted to the feeling of picking heavy things up and putting them back down. When she flexed, actual muscles popped out. Moreover, she was hungry all the time, and fed herself, for the first time in years, with “unreserved gusto.”

“Food wasn't the enemy, but a delicious tool to propel myself to stronger, faster heights. The only numbers that mattered weren't on a scale, but at the end of the barbell,” Tova wrote.

But Tova also wrote that as much as she’d love to know what it feels like to have six-pack abs, it’s more important that she is healthy in the best way for her. 

Then Tova recalls how she ran into a friend’s mother who kept telling her how great she looked. It was the same woman who used to tell her how terrible she looked when she was really skinny. 

But she didn’t care about what she said, because “I don't really care about projecting things to other people anymore,” Tova wrote. 

And that’s the beauty of CrossFit-style training, Tova concluded. “The only person I'm competing against is myself. Each day brings a challenge to try and be stronger than I was yesterday.”


Image: Shape Magazine | MYC Writer: Polina Tikhonova

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