It was clear to everyone, including herself, that Sophie Gajnik was anorexic.
The big question for the 24-year-old Melbourne native was if she had the strength and desire to conquer her illness.
As you can see from the pics above, she was very active during her anorexic period, but also woefully malnourished and frail from a lack of nutrition.
Knowing that she would need a big lifestyle change and support structure to break her old cycle...
via: News.com.au“I had long pink hair and if I ran my fingers through it, 50 hairs would come out."
She crafted a nutrition plan to match a rigorous weightlifting routine.
via: News.com.au“I was so weak and self-conscious in the beginning, so I’d wait until midnight before going to the gym."
As with many people who seek treatment from illness and mental disorders in physical activity...
via: News.com.au“It was the perfect opportunity to rejoin society and I was finally becoming my bubbly self again."
...she didn't just regain her health...
She found a new passion, talent, and life from the activity.
She's gone from a meager 66 pounds to 145 and has never been happier with her body.
She realizes that she's beating her illness...for now. But she's mindful of how quickly it could return.
via: News.com.au“I consider myself fully recovered, but eating disorders are a real addiction, just like drugs or alcohol. I’m always wary that I could slip back into old habits, but I’m enjoying where I am right now. I’m glad I went through what I did. It was painful, but it taught me a lot. If I can help anyone by sharing my story, then it’s worth it."
She's now the manager of the gym that she used on her road to recovery and speaks openly about her journey to those who seek inspiration or advice on using fitness to turn their lives around.
via: News.com.auPretty nice story, isn't it? Hopefully, people will take note of Sophie's struggle and self-examine to see if they are in need of help for an eating disorder.