A health coach who was addicted to running and skipping meals has revealed how she transformed her attitude towards her health and sculpted her bum after a divorce.
Sophie Benbow, from Sydney, said she realised she needed to change her routine about six years ago, when she weighed 49kg and was running up to 10km four or five times a week, while skipping meals and drinking heavily.
Now, Sophie said she weighs around 57kg, and she feels more ‘confident’ in her body than ever before.
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A health coach who was addicted to running and skipping meals has revealed how her divorce led her to transform her attitude and put on eight kilos (pictured before and after)
According to the 35-year-old (pictured now), when Sophie weighed 49 kilograms, she said she wasn’t in a good place – and would ‘fast’ for most of the day when she wasn’t drinking
So how did she do it?
According to the 35-year-old, when Sophie weighed 49kg, she said she wasn’t in a good place.
‘I would fast for most of the day when I wasn’t drinking and I was drinking heavily the rest of the time,’ Sophie told FEMAIL.
‘I felt stressed and unhappy and had quite low self esteem.’
Sophie said her divorce left her feeling ‘anxious and depressed’ (pictured before and after), before being single forced her to start training without focusing on calories and fasting
This was only exacerbated when the health coach went through a divorce, where she was left feeling ‘anxious and depressed’.
‘I had a really desperate and unhealthy mindset,’ Sophie said.
‘I was put on medication for anxiety and depression and I ended up walking around like a zombie. I couldn’t “feel” anything anymore. My sex drive was non-existent and even basic emotions like laughing seemed forced.’
Sophie said she found herself bingeing on fried foods and chocolate – neither of which she would have overdone before.
‘This is NOT me and I found it so interesting to find out that eating this food could definitely be linked to the way I was feeling,’ she said.
Once her back injury had healed, Sophie said she started a personal training course (pictured before and after)
Slowly and steadily, the 35-year-old (pictured now) said she saw progress in her body – muscles grew whereas before she was just lean
What are the foods Sophie incorporated into her diet?
It was at this point that Sophie decided to take charge of her health and diet.
‘I had a back injury at the time so I started with medication and mindfulness,’ Sophie said.
She also started incorporating a range of healthy foods into her daily diet, and cut all of the processed items.
Once her back injury had healed, Sophie said she started a personal training course.
‘I started doing leg and glute exercises once or twice a week and slowly built my strength up,’ she said.
‘One day, I’d do squats, mixed with curtsy lunges, hip thrusters, cable kick backs and resistance band work.
‘Another day I’d do deadlifts mixed with back and hamstring exercises.’
Once she was fully feeling better, Sophie said she added upper body workouts to her regime and now, she occasionally takes a yoga class.
‘Now, I am 57 kilograms,’ Sophie (pictured) said. ‘I never skip meals and I have a healthy relationship with food’
‘Today, I am 57 kilograms,’ Sophie said. ‘I never skip meals and I have a healthy relationship with food.’
Sophie said her dietary attitude is to ‘eat the rainbow’.
‘My diet is protein rich with good fats, green leafy vegetables and carbs,’ she said.
‘I try and eat a good balance of macros and while I think counting calories can be good for weight loss specific goals I believe that nourishing the body with a good healthy range of organic, unprocessed foods is key.’
Sophie said she no longer ‘craves’ alcohol like she used to, but is able to enjoy the odd glass of wine without going over the top.
Sophie said she tries to eat the rainbow (pictured) and swears by meal prepping for her success – she is also a fan of body weight exercise instead of heavy weights
When it comes to her bum, Sophie said the biggest misconception is that you need to ‘lift heavy’ to get toned.
What are Sophie’s tips for sculpting a bum?
* Eat the rainbow.
* Remember body weight exercises can be as effective as heavy weights.
* Consistency is the most important thing. Progress will come slowly.
‘I know from my female clients that there is often an urgency to be “fit” or “lift heavy”, but the key to getting toned and shape in your glutes is consistency and to progress slowly.’
Sophie said she never lifts very heavy weights and instead ‘gets great results from body weight exercises’.
‘I’ve made some big changes personally over the last few years which have been tough, but now I’m looking, feeling and behaving stronger than ever,’ Sophie said.
‘My biggest message for other women is that you can let go a bit and “allow” yourself to blossom into the best version of you.’