From frail to strong: Anorexic who weighed less than 6 stone has turned her life around to become a weightlifting blogging sensation
An anorexic who weighed less than six stone and was so frail her heart could have stopped at any moment has now made a full recovery thanks to weightlifting.
Pretty Linn Strömberg, 23, first became ill back in 2011 after her desire to lose a little weight span out of control.
At worst, the 5ft 4in blonde got by on just 400 calories a day, weighing all of her food, even salad to make sure she ate as little as possible.
Her strict diet saw her weight plummet to a dangerously low 5st 10lb and the sight of her frail frame had family and friends in tears.
Luckily Linn from Kalmar, Sweden, has made a full recovery and has credited weightlifting for helping her gain weight and recover from crippling Anorexia.
She is now using her blog to bravely share her recovery story – posting candid photos of her body before and after the life-changing illness.
Linn, first became seriously ill in 2011 when – despite having a healthy BMI – she decided that she wanted to lose some weight.
She began downsizing meals and doing hours of cardio – swimming and running regularly.
She became so frail that she had to switch from jogging to walking and was constantly freezing, even when wearing several jumpers.
During this time, a lot of her hair also fell out and she suffered from irregular periods and had panic attacks frequently.
Linn said: “I remember my heart fighting for every beat, and I remember thinking that it would give up at any second. Despite this I kept going.
Saying this, I can believe I tortured my body like this. I was so fixated and driven by my obsessions. I was never satisfied.
“At one point, it was anxiety and anguish from morning to evening. Over a year of my life disappeared in total anxiety. It’s scary that you can lose your mind to a sickness like that”
At her lowest, Linn weighed just 5st 9lb. Even though she threw out her scales during recovery, she reckons she now weighs approximately a healthy 9 stone.
In 2013, she finally began her road to recovery. The turning point was realising how sick she was after family members who she hadn’t seen for a while burst out crying at the sight of her body.
With support from her mother and long-term boyfriend, Timmy, Linn turned her life around and forced herself to overhaul her diet and lifestyle completely.
The biggest catalyst for change, she says, was discovering weight training. After encouragement from Timmy, Linn gave lifting weights a go and claims she was hooked instantly.
Today, Linn works out around 5-6 times a week. However, she complete avoids any cardiovascular training as it reminds her of the past.
She also admits she had a breast augmentation, as it was something she’d always wanted.
She said: “Everything in my life circled around the food, the calories and my weight. I went to bed hungry every night and had to force myself to sleep with the faint sound of my heart echoing in my ears.
“I’ve always been a person who goes wholehearted for whatever I set my mind to and I really enjoyed watching my determination paying off.
“I continued for one more week, then another, and another, and another.
“Until the day came when I reached my goal weight. Those magical numbers.
“But the joy didn’t last very long, a couple of minutes later I stood in front of the mirror and viewed my body head to toe. I wasn’t pleased, not pleased at all. “
Linn now eats a nutritious diet and typically consumes chicken, ground beef, egg, salads, almond milk, cottage cheese, oatmeal, whey protein, nut butter and cocoa.
She said: “You can’t build muscle if you don’t give your body the energy to do so.
“I have no trouble eating unhealthy. I always eat what I want and if I crave something sweet, I eat it. At weekends, I often eat pizza, cakes or candy.”
To check out her blog: http://goforfit.se/