Abby Pollock is a 23-year-old fitness lover living in Toronto, Canada.
She’s fit, eats healthy and is proud of her body. But she hasn’t always been that way.
In 2012, Pollock was 20 pounds underweight and struggling with symptoms of anorexia and bulimia, Cosmopolitan reports.
She used an app to track her diet and ate the bare minimum to keep her brain functioning – around 900 to 1,000 calories per day. After growing increasingly obsessed with her weight, she progressed from ‘clean’ eating to paleo to vegan and then raw vegan.
She told the magazine: “I told myself I was following these diets for ethical reasons, when really I was using them as a means to further restrict and cover up my disordered habits.”
As I sit here contemplating the week ahead, I can’t help but feel a strange sense of happiness?. Last week I got a pretty serious wake up call. My living arrangements will be up in the air as of September and I have no idea how I’m going to bridge the income gap I need to live the lifestyle I want. Somehow I 100% okay with this though. – I go through cycles of feeling dissatisfied and putting immense amounts of pressure on myself to be MORE, working very hard, achieving, then enjoying temporary satisfaction like I am now. It’s stressful and it’s probably quite unnecessary, but this is me. I want to learn more, experience more, and achieve more so that ultimately I can be MORE. – I used to be bitter about my wealthier friends who didn’t have to pay their rent, tuition, or worry if their career plans failed. I used to avoid uncertainty and instability like my life depended on it. But ever since I graduated and took this leap of faith toward entrepreneurship, I’ve gradually become more and more open to the risk. I’ve built a confidence and set of values that while not infallible, seem to always point me in the direction of my vision. I’ve spent long enough hibernating. This is a season of growth and I am ready to conquer it?⚡️.
In 2013, Abby reached out for help and hired a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer.
The first step? Gradually increase her food intake to 2,000 calories per day.
Now Pollock eats what she wants – so long as it fits within her daily calorie allotment. And that, along with exercise, has made for an incredible transformation.
IT’S LIVE!!! Link in my bio, go go go ??. transformnation.tv/gsd. . Yesterday I opened enrolment for our brand-spankin-new GSD Challenge and I was so excited (*think kid going to Disney World*) that I left out some key details. . I feel like I’ve repeated these 934937 times on Snapchat and IG stories…but just in case you missed it…I gotchu girl ?. . What is a GSD Challenge? GSD = Get-Shit-Done. These are part of my 3-step system to making fitness a LIFESTYLE. Each month I reverse engineer a new habit and break it down into 21 days of bite-sized, easy to focus on (and not overwhelming af) tasks. What You Get: GSD challenges are just ONE part of our three part membership platform which includes… 1️⃣ 4 Weeks of Workouts (updated monthly) -Form demonstration videos with audio & written instruction -Guidance for overcoming gym anxiety -Emphasis on sculpting an hourglass shape (?) -The EXACT system I used to achieve my transformation 2️⃣ Complete Game Plan for Mindset & Nutrition -3 Goal-Specific Nutrition Plans -Sample Meal Plan including done-for-you meal templates that take 15min or less to prepare -Daily Checklists to help you focus, stay mindful and stay happy -Worksheets & Accountability Check-Ins ▶️ PLUS – bonus Build-Your-Own Ab Workouts, At-Home Sculpting Workouts, and Exclusive video lessons ?FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP: 7 days left. $47 . LINK IN BIO for full details. Booties are built in the gym, but the confidence to OWN THAT ISH is built by making self-love a habit. (Ps – bonus points if you made it this far because I know this post is long af ??)
Yup, it’s not hard to see that Pollock’s gained a physique that could put even Kim Kardashian’s iconic butt to shame.
She now avoids eating processed foods and preps her meals ahead of time to help her stay on track and also uses a dieting method called intermittent fasting, which requires her to fast for about 16 to 18 hours each day.
According to Pollock:
It has helped me repair my relationship with food, become more in touch with my natural hunger cues and it has allowed me the lifestyle flexibility to eat larger (even restaurant-sized) meals while still making progress toward my goal.
Ask yourself: "Do I really give a shit?" ?? LINK IN BIO for email insider list. . Posted this picture after a shoot I did a few months back. Took it down because of the either slut shaming or creepy marriage proposal comments I was getting. I’ve been doing this really cool thing lately though where I ask myself “Do I really give a shit?” and if the situation / person / experience is not adding value to my life, then the answer is a resounding NOPE!! It doesn't matter if you go to the gym or not. It doesn't matter if you've got a #goals body yet or not. Do yourself a favour and try the “Wait a second – Do I really give a shit?” test this week. I kid you not. Productivity is through the roof and ya girl couldn’t be happier. Feeling inspired by my strong and sassy friends @elizabethzaks @omgkenzieee @becchambersfit @jenbretty lately.
In addition to changing her diet, Pollock also revamped her fitness routine.
Before working with her personal trainer, the 23-year-old was subjecting herself to two-hour cardio sessions.
Under the instruction of her new trainer, she began doing two shorter cardio sessions and four heavy weightlifting per week.
And the results say it all:
✨Can You Build a Booty While Slimming Your Waist?✨ TAG A FRIEND who needs to read! – This is one of THE MOST frequently asked questions I get. Unless you’re a "brand new to the gym never touched a weight in your life” kind of person, then it’s very unlikely you’ll be able to lose fat and build muscle at the same time. My advice? Focus on lean muscle growth. Yes, you'll need to eat more. Yes, you'll need to eat carbs. And YES YOURE GONNA GAIN WEIGHT. It's important to understand that as you build muscle, your proportions change. I know it can be scary to see that number on the scale go up. Especially when you’ve been conditioned your entire life to believe that abs + the lowest scale weight possible = fitness. Here’s the way I see it: if you like how your physique is changing, but not the number on the scale then maybe ditch the scale for a bit ya know? Take a break. See other people. Fall in love with the less tangible measures of progress??.
Motivation from last summer?✌. – While I believe in setting performance AND aesthetic-based goals, its important for me to show you that you CAN achieve your outward facing goals while still maintaining inner balance. – You do not, I repeat do not, need to suffer or be in a perpetual state of gym/eat/sleep to achieve results. I WILL achieve my sub-22:00min 5km run, I WILL grow my business, and I WILL stay aesthetic to show you that being functional, balanced and intelligent is a beautiful thing.
Now her priority is to help others kick-start their own fitness journeys.
Incredible. You’re an inspiration, Pollock.