Helene Drage is a Norwegian professional trainer and lifestyle blogger. For many years, she has been sharing her workouts and given her readers tips and motivation on health and fitness. That is, until recently.
In 2013 Helene got a lot of media attention after having turned down a bariatric surgery and successfully done the job herself. After 2 years of hard work, she had reached her goal and was 60 kilos lighter - a journey her readers had been following on her popular blog www.helenedrage.no.
“- I had been putting all of my energy into my weight, and letting it determine how I felt.”
Having been following such an extreme health regimen for so long, a setback was inevitable.
- «What now?», I thought. I had reached my goal and was super proud and happy. But slowly I was starting to eat more. I no longer had a clear mission, and my training motivation dropped – leading me to feel
Slowly however, Helene was starting to realise that her focus was wrong.
- I had been putting all of my energy into my weight, and letting it determine how I felt.
The setback allowed Helene to discover a new perspective.
First of all, I realised that working out and pursuing a healthy lifestyle is about so much more than a number on a scale, a flat stomach or a bouncy bootie. It´s about the mere joy of exercising itself, about feeling that great rush of endorphins and mastering things you never thought you could do. It´s about feeling healthy and energized to handle your everyday challenges.
“- I was embarrassed of my bad shape.”
After a long period of unsystematic training, the blogger decided to get into the game again and workout more consequently. She continued to share everything on social media, but discovered soon that it invited back all the negative pressure and anxiety from the past.
- I was embarrassed of my bad shape: A kettlebell weighing 12 kilos, felt like 30, ten reps of hip thrust were a nightmare, and I could just forget about doing push ups. How could I possibly share this with my readers?
Spending so much energy on her physical failures and non- accomplishments, soon transmitted to her overall self-esteem and overshadowed all accomplishment.
- All of a sudden, I felt as if I wasn’t mastering ANYTHING. (Which was all in my head off course).
“ When you lower your expectations, and stop comparing yourself to others, you can start seeing all the small positive changes you make every day.”
Ultimately, Helene had to follow her own advice and shift from focusing on judging herself for everything she couldn’t do, to celebrating every single victory – small or big.
- When you lower your expectations, and stop comparing yourself to others, you can start seeing all the small positive changes you make every day, and start appreciating things.
Helene emphasise that being happy with yourself here and now, doesn’t contradict with wanting to become better, and improve your shape.
- It just shouldn’t be a requirement to be able to feel good about yourself and to be happy. You are entitled to happiness regardless of weight and state in life.
So, will we be seeing more training on helenedrage.no in the future?
- When I´m ready to just do it for my own well-being, not to bow under pressure, yes.