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A renowned fitness blogger, known for her positive messages on the body, surprised her fans by revealing that she wanted to lose 16 kg and lose 20% of body fat in three months, nearly four years after promising never to go on a diet again
Cassey Ho, the founder of the popular 32-year-old Blogilates fitness television channel, told her blog Friday that she was embarking on a "90 Day Challenge" to put herself in the best shape of his life, mentally and physically. Having climbed on the scale and learned, she weighed 136 lbs, the heaviest weight she had ever been.
The YouTuber explained that she also was censored online to protect herself from criticism. His other goal is to freely share his thoughts and his blog every day of the challenge, starting with his desire to transform his life.
So and now: The 32-year-old woman explained that she had gained 14 lbs since her wedding last October (left) and weighed 136 lbs (right), the heaviest she's ever been .
"In the past, blogs were a safe place where I could really spread my honest thoughts," she wrote. "But now, everything I do, eat or say is criticized.
"Of course, 100% of my choice to be a public figure … but … the public judgment of all this has made me a more shy and frightened person," she admitted.
"I differentiate between sensitive personalities and treat everything as if it were fragile, but NOT MORE. I will take life by the balls and JUST LIVE LIFE as I want it. "
At 5 feet 5 inches tall, Cassey is already at a healthy weight at 136 pounds. According to the IMC table of the National Institute of Health, a normal weight for a person of his size ranges between 114 and 144 pounds.
She promoted the message on Instagram but warned her 1.5 million followers that they should only read if they are not "triggered by discussions about weight, scales and diets.
Weight loss: The goal of Cassey is to go on a "near keto" diet high in fats and carbohydrates to lose 16 pounds and 4.4% body fat. She is photographed in 2018 (on the left) and in July (on the right)
Influencer: The fitness guru is known for his positive messages on the body and for his advocacy against bodily shame
The certified Pilates instructor spoke frankly about her weight, saying that she weighed 122 lbs when she got married in October 2018 and that she has since taken 14 lbs.
When she lived in Boston around 2011, she weighed 118 pounds and, while attending a bikini competition the following year, she started 126 pounds and fell to about 113 pounds.
"I was skinny at the time, but very unhappy," she recalls. "The workouts and diets that I followed for it were not viable and left me in a bad place mentally with the way I saw my body." Since the bikini competition, I have gained 23 kg.
"I will not let myself be distracted and say that everything is muscular, because it is not the case," she added. "Maybe some, but not all.
Cassey explained the weight gain due to stress and not taking the time to look after herself. She also made it clear that she did not want people to say that her desire to lose weight is not "positive".
"What is negative for the body when we are healthier, more self-confident, more happy and stronger?" ? Hmm. Nothing, she wrote. "As long as you love your body at every stage, you are in a healthy mental state. So let's move on to something else.
Intense training: When Cassey competed in a 2012 bikini competition, she started at 126 lbs and dropped to about 113 lbs. She said that she has gained 23 pounds since
To lose weight, she said that she would be on a "near ketone" diet high in fats and carbohydrates, explaining that she did not want to go as far as counting her macros or checking her ketone levels.
Cassey shared his list of groceries, which includes meats, nuts, eggs, cheeses, Greek yogurt and low-carb fruits. As for her physical condition, she is already training five to six days a week, but she notes that she is doing a little more cardio and that she is starting to run.
The fitness guru, who started with 136 kg and 24.4% body fat, also released his measurements, which she updated every 30 days.
"The measurements are important because they are data points. I learned not to let the scale control me or to assign a figure to my personal value, "she explained. "The work of the scale is to provide me with information. That's all. & # 39;
Some fans praised Cassey for being so open about her weight gain, with some insisting that it was helpful for them to know they are not alone.
Unhealthy state of mind: Cassey has been outspoken about his past struggles with orthorexia, a disorder of eating characterized as an obsession to consume only healthy foods.
Anti-shaming: Four years ago she criticized trolls online with a powerful video highlighting the cruel comments on her weight left behind by her viewers.
& # 39; Thank you very much for sharing. I recently discovered that I had gained 20 pounds in a year and that even knocked me down, "wrote one person. "Hearing someone else having a similar problem is very comforting and inspiring. It gave me hope that I will understand it and get back on track. & # 39;
& # 39; I like your honesty! & # 39; someone else commented. "I am currently at a higher weight than normal, too. Lots of stress and hormonal changes over the past year … & # 39;
Cassey insisted that weight loss and body positivity did not exclude each other, but others did not buy it.
Critics criticized her by saying that she wanted to lose weight while she was already fit and healthy. They accused her of promoting an unrealistic ideal of beauty and some claimed that they would not follow her anymore.
"It's really sad and disappointing. There is nothing positive about changing aesthetics for the body, "wrote one person. "If you want to feel healthier, more energetic, stronger, etc., you will not try to change your weight or your height."
Backlash: The feelings about her announcement were shared, with some praising her for her honesty and others criticizing her for promoting an unrealistic ideal of beauty.
"This post makes me so sad and upset because it idolizes slender bodies and demonises larger bodies," wrote someone else. "This sends a message to your followers that it is not normal to be in a bigger body and that you should always strive to reduce your body to be" healthy ".
Cassey is a defender against body shame and four years ago she criticized online trolls with a powerful video highlighting the cruel comments on her weight left behind by her viewers.
She was also outspoken about her past struggles with orthorexia, a eating disorder characterized as an obsession to consume only healthy foods.
In January 2016, she told her fans that she was definitely giving up the diet, which made her even more shocking for the 90 Day Challenge.
Some commentators admitted that they were really worried about Cassey's mental health and suggested he ask for help.
"It seems like you're worrying more about your weight and the numbers on the scale than about loving yourself and knowing who you are," wrote an Instagram user. "So, maybe mental health work would be even more beneficial than the constant stress of physical work?"
Cassey responded to the criticism attack in the following blog posts and said she would not listen to those who ask her to stop sharing her weight, her measurements, and her goals.
She also insisted that after "several years of healing," she no longer felt guilty when she ate pizza, hamburgers or ice cream, which she would have been terrified of to do seven years ago.
"For the record, I am in a very happy and healthy mental state for which I have worked VERY hard," she wrote. "I'm good for this 90-day trip, so do not worry about me."
Cassey continued to defend herself and recently told BuzzFeed News about her weight loss journey, stating that people should not try to diagnose other people with mental disorders via the Internet.
"I think it's good that people care about my sanity, but I find it really shocking," she said.
"Weight loss and body positivity can go hand in hand, as long as you love your body and are grateful for your body every step of the way.