Fitness coach, 25, reveals the EXACT diet and workout routine she followed to transform her physique – after struggling with binge eating for years
- A fitness blogger has revealed her previously difficult relationship with her body
- Anjuli Mack, 25, started her ‘fitness journey’ seven years ago
- Initially she had no idea what she was doing and wasn’t noticing any changes
- Over the years her weight fluctuated and so did her negative self-image
- Now she is able to balance her nutrition and exercise and has shared her tips
A fitness coach has revealed how she overcame her tumultuous relationship with her body to become a bikini competitor.
Anjuli Mack, 25, from Auckland, New Zealand started her ‘fitness journey’ seven years ago which began as a form of stress relief.
She started lifting weights at the beginning of university but at the time had no idea what she was doing.
‘I was the only girl in the weights room and there weren’t many big YouTube and Instagram girls to follow online so I started training with the guys in the gym,’ she told FEMAIL.
Anjuli Mack, 25, has revealed how she overcame her tumultuous relationship with her body to become a bikini competitor
‘They encouraged me to lift heavy and stop doing so much cardio. As my strength increased I began to love lifting weights – it felt SO good to feel strong,’ she continued.
‘My confidence improved and going to the gym became something I would choose over going out partying but on the occasion I did go out, I’d be in the gym the next day.’
For her, working out never felt like a chore and the post workout endorphins made her ‘feel amazing’, which became an addicting high.
Unfortunately although her exercise levels changed Anjuli didn’t adapt her approach to her nutrition, she just ate more.
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She originally started her ‘fitness journey’ seven years ago which she began as a form of stress relief
She has documented her fluctuating weight and her relationship with her body on her Instagram account
‘I remember thinking, “I go to the gym so I can eat more”. Of course more activity means that you can get away with more calories but I wasn’t fuelling myself with the right foods, I had no idea what I was doing so I ended up gaining muscle but it was hiding underneath the fat from a university style diet of hall foods and study snacks,’ she revealed.
‘I started feeling like I wasn’t progressing anymore because I wasn’t looking any better.’
Anjuli was becoming frustrated as even though she was going to the gym five to six times a week she wasn’t noticing any physical differences.
Anjuli started lifting weights at the beginning of university but at the time had no idea what she was doing
‘I tried many quick fix type fad diets such as keto diet and typical body builder type diets that I found online but I ended up developing a really unhealthy relationship with food and exercise as I was trying so many different things that weren’t working,’ she said.
‘Unfortunately back then I had no idea about coaches or online programs so I was really stuck. I knew something had to change so I got a nutritionist and she helped me find a healthier relationship with food.’
It was at this point that she started educating herself and eventually realised that there are no quick fixes.
Now she understands that the only way you can achieve your goals of being healthy, strong and feeling confident is through putting in work – nutrition and exercise go hand in hand.
‘It seriously took me years to get to this point and if there was one thing I could change about my journey it would be to have had someone help me from day one,’ she said.
Anjuli was becoming frustrated as even though she was going to the gym five to six times a week she wasn’t noticing any physical difference
‘I tried many quick fix type fad diets such as keto diet and typical body builder type diets that I found online but I ended up developing a really unhealthy relationship with food and exercise,’ she said
What is an example of Anjuli’s day on a plate?
First meal: Post workout cacao salted caramel protein smoothie made with 250ml unsweetened coconut and almond milk, 8g cacao, 80g frozen banana and 29g salted caramel protein
Second meal: 125g chicken, 40g couscous, green salad and 100g mixed vegetables
Third meal: 125g fresh blueberries
Fourth meal: 160g beef fillet and 200g stir fry mixed vegetables with teriyaki sauce
Fifth meal: Rice, 125g chicken and 50 per cent less sugar ketchup
Sixth meal: Baby tomatoes on soy and linseed bread
When she first started working out her average day on a plate would vary greatly, some days she would be really ‘clean’ and only consume broccoli, spinach, eggs, chicken and oats and other days she may have eaten a whole packet of cookies followed by a night out drinking.
Both her training and her nutrition had no structure which is why she wasn’t getting the results that she wanted.
These days her training is structured and tailored to her goals.
These days her exercise routine is made up of a combination of heavy weight lifting, circuits and working out outside, such as racing up mountains.
‘My new style of nutrition doesn’t involve depriving myself or binge eating – it is all about eating to nourish my body and to achieve my goals whilst not being afraid to have a treat here and there,’ she said.
‘At the time I didn’t realise how the extra food and stress from lifting heavy was impacting my body but looking back my mental and physical health would have suffered.’
When she first started working out her average day on a plate would vary greatly, some days she would be really ‘clean’ and other days she may have eaten a whole packet of cookies followed by a night out drinking
At the beginning of all of this Anjuli doesn’t think she was ‘mentally fit’ as she found herself becoming more critical of how she looked.
She would often look in the mirror and feel her stomach rolls, her hips and her ‘love handles’. She also thought her legs were ‘too big’.
‘I didn’t know how lean down and shed the extra fat so I felt self-conscious in a bikini too – this had never happened to me before,’ she said.
‘From the experience of ranging from 69 kilos at my heaviest to 57 kilos before competitions, which is the lightest I can remember being, and a lot of work on self-love over the years I realise that it’s not the size of me that was causing my negative feelings or my self-conscious thoughts.
‘It was the lack of control I had and the poor relationship with food and my body.’
These days her exercise routine is made up of a combination of heavy weight lifting, circuits and working out outside, such as racing up mountains
At the beginning of all of this Anjuli doesn’t think she was ‘mentally fit’ as she found herself becoming more critical of how she looked
What is Anjuli’s advice for success?
– Remember to be kind to yourself and speak to yourself as you would to your best friend.
– Think about your body as a whole being – how amazing is it that you have the ability to exercise, to eat, to work and adventure.
– Look after your body by nourishing it with foods, exercise and kind thoughts.
– Every time something negative pops into your head, replace it with a positive one or just let it go.
– Do not compare yourself to anyone else.
-Take control of your mind, your body and your life – empower yourself by doing things daily that make you feel amazing.
When she is in control of her nutrition, feeding her body with foods that energise her and not make her bloated and fatigued, and working out she said she feels good, regardless of the aesthetics.
Anjuli explained that there have been a variety of things that were the catalyst for her changing her relationship with her body.
‘The first one was when I finished uni and went travelling. I wanted to make a New Years Resolution to change my body,’ she said.
‘I managed to drop a bit of weight and gain some muscle in 2016, seeing progress was SO rewarding. I decided a year later that I wanted to do my first ever WBFF Bikini Diva competition in the Gold Coast. I had about 16 weeks to prepare.
‘This was the biggest challenge of my fitness journey and I loved it! I saw my abs for the first time and had gone from about 69 kilos to 59 kilos in the year.’
When she is in control of her nutrition and feeding her body with foods that energise her and not make her bloated and fatigued and when she works out she said she feels good, regardless of the aesthetics
The second catalyst was post competing as she had been restricting herself for months, which makes it hard to control yourself when you don’t have a goal in place and resulted her gaining a lot of weight back.
‘I binged and treated my body the worst I had since university. I was over eating then trying to out exercise my bad diet. I was ruining everything and I developed a negative relationship with food and exercise all over again.
‘I would cry a few times in the week, I was no longer myself – not the happy, positive and motivated Anjuli I knew.
‘Every day I would wake up and say “I’ll start tomorrow”. Well tomorrow comes and goes but you never start.
‘Four months after competing I realised that this HAD TO STOP. I couldn’t keep doing this to myself, I was unhappy and insecure.’
‘My new style of nutrition doesn’t involve depriving myself or binge eating – it is all about eating to nourish my body and to achieve my goals whilst not being afraid to have a treat here and there,’ she said
This led her to commit to a 12 week shred which resulted in her taking control of her life again.
‘My fitness journey has really been a roller coaster but I’ve found the results will come if you implement five key things: training, nutrition, hard work, consistency and patience,’ Anjuli added.
‘My weight will vary over time, as will everyone else’s. It has fluctuated a lot from the uni to traveling to competing and post competing.
‘However, if there is one thing I could say to anyone that is looking to start their journey – the scales do not define you or your progress.’
The 25-year-old said she always encourages people to focus on the non-scale victories such as: clearer skin, more energy, better sleep, less cravings and clothes fitting better.
She said that focusing on how you feel instead of how you look or what the scale is saying will usually result in better results.
‘It is never too late to start! Write down your goals, create a plan, don’t be afraid to ask for help and just put in the work to achieve them,’ Anjuli added.
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