Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2020 – Liberty Buxton

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Transforming my life through fitness

Liberty Buxton from West Yorkshire struggled with Anorexia Nervosa as a result of anxiety and bullying at high school. This understandably took its toll on Liberty, and following a scare from the doctor, she decided it was time to gain control and turn her life around, finding fitness through Xercise4Less Gyms.

Joining Xercise4Less was the starting point on Liberty’s fitness journey, giving her the confidence she needed to make the initial small steps on her quest for big results. Liberty admitted she felt nervous before walking into a gym but making strides with Xercise4Less has helped her to find her comfort zone and her happy place.

“I used to feel nervous walking into the gym, but now I’ll walk into Xercise4Less and be completely comfortable, deadlifting away!”

During the slump of her eating disorder, she weighed 6st 7lbs.

Feeling part of a gym community

As a friendly, inclusive gym, Xercise4Less is always on hand to offer support and help to members such as Liberty, and this is something she experienced first-hand, giving her the sense of being part of a team and able to ask for assistance when needed.

“I’ll be the first to admit that when I started weight training I had no idea what I was doing. The staff at Xercise4Less are always happy to assist if you’re stuck. With it being a much bigger and much more popular gym there’s always someone around to help.”

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Making healthy progress with Xercise4Less Gyms

The facilities and convenient opening hours provided by Xercise4Less also helped Liberty to get into a structured training plan, ensuring she can come to the gym and do exactly what she wants to do and not be restricted by a lack of equipment or having to wait to use weights.

“Until I had made progress with my eating habits, I then started going back to the gym. Initially I trained at another local gym, but they didn’t have much equipment and facilities – nor were the opening times accommodating. So, I moved to Xercise4Less.”

Facing an eating disorder head on

Admitting you have a problem or are struggling with something is often the hardest part of the re-building process. Liberty accepts that knowing she had an eating disorder and not being in denial was the most difficult to comprehend.

“The first step was to admit to myself that I had an eating disorder, rather than be in denial. From then on, I slowly started to incorporate more food into my diet and tried hard to not feel guilty after doing so. I even quit the gym for a while to get myself back on track until I had a healthy view on fitness.”

Changing her habits and exercise regime was also a catalyst for Liberty to overcome her eating disorder. Finding the motivation was difficult, but luckily, through fitness, she was able to change her life for the better. This resulted in her mental state improving alongside her physical condition.

“Once I had realised the damage I had done to my body I began to change my eating and exercise habits. I hadn’t had a period for over a year and combined with the news the doctor gave me about conceiving, I slowly started to realise that the life I was living was not healthy at all.”

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Self acceptance: block out the demons

With the help of Xercise4Less and the drive, motivation and discipline to succeed, Liberty has been able to transform her life and finds herself in a much better place. She regularly works out and has dramatically improved her diet and state of mind to live a healthier life. There are many people out there who are suffering in silence with conditions such as an eating disorder. Liberty has some advice for anyone struggling with body image or self-esteem issues.

“Firstly, ignore anything anyone has to say about your body. It is your body for a reason, nobody on the planet has a right to say anything about your looks so don’t give them the satisfaction.”

“Secondly, stop comparing yourself to others. You are your own person and that person is beautiful regardless of what you or anyone else thinks.”

“Finally, true beauty comes from within. Reduce your time on social media and focus more time into yourself; have a long bath, go for a walk, read a book or go lift some weights!”

Liberty now weighs 9st 1lb. A fantastic effort!

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