Christin Perkins found out why comparison is the thief of joy. Here’s how she found new happiness.
I struggled with body image issues from a very young age. I became pregnant at the age of 16 and, after giving birth to my daughter, my body felt foreign to me. I hated what I saw in the mirror and made mental notes of how unworthy I was because of my flaws.
At the age of 23, I was introduced to the world of bodybuilding and fell madly in love with it. The instant I saw results from all my hard work, I began to overtrain and eat less. I became obsessed. I developed an eating disorder and allowed the number on the scale to determine my self-worth
What really woke me up was the day my son woke up from a nap and I stood up from the couch and instantly became dizzy from being malnourished and overtraining. That same day I threw my scale away and stopped counting my calories.
After that, I realized I was made for greatness and that going through the darkness was necessary for me to become a stronger mother, athlete and role model. I began reminding myself that I am more than a body and that my self worth is not determined by meaningless things like the number on the scale.
My diet now consists of lean proteins, healthy fats and carbs. I’ve found happiness in sharing my story with other women who were struggling with similar issues. It is possible to break the chains and step into this space of self-love and acceptance.
Day 1. Chest
|Bench press||5x 20|
|Incline Flye||5x 20|
|Incline bench press||5x 20|
|Straight-arm pullover||5x 20|
|Push-ups to failure||x3|
Day 2. Back (controlled)
|Wide grip lat pulldowns||5x 15|
|Close grip pulldowns||5x 15|
|Single arm DB rows||5x 15|
|Seated wide grip rows||5x 15|
|Pull ups||5x 15|
|Hyperextensions to failure||x5|
Day 3. Legs
|Leg extensions||5x 20|
|Heavy squats||5x 10-12|
|Heavy leg press||5x 20|
|Weighted walking lunges||5x 20|
|Dumbbell deadlifts||5x 20|
|Seated leg curls||5x 20|
Day 4. Arms
|Dumbbell curls||5x 20|
|Seated incline curls||5x 20|
|21s with a barbell||x4|
|Reverse grip pull-ups to failure||x4|
|Dips (until burn out)||x3|
|Tricep pushdowns||5x 25|
|Laying tricep extensions||5x 25|
|Close grip bench press to failure||x3|
Day 5. Shoulders
|Shoulder press||5x 15|
|Arnold press||5x 15|
|Seated lateral raises||5x 20|
|Standing military press||5x 15|
|Standing dropset lateral raises||3x 15|
|Upright rows||5x 20|
Day 6. Cardio/abs
|Spin class||1 hour|
|Ab wheel to failure||x4
|Russian twists to failure||x4|
|*Day 7: Rest|
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