Today's interview is with the wonderful Rini of Own It Babe.
Rini is a personal trainer and group fitness trainer based in Calgary, Canada. She has a long history — 12 years, to be exact — of extreme dieting, trying almost every diet under the Sun, coupled with tons of exercise, from extreme cardio to bodybuilding.
As you may guess, this combination of under eating and training really hard is not great for your health… Rini lost her period, developed thyroid issues, and was extremely obsessed with how much she exercised and what she ate.
Today, Rini does amazing job teaching women to accept themselves and be exactly the way they are. I'm really grateful for being able to connect with her and bring you this interview — she's beautiful from the inside out. If you've ever struggled with body image and self worth and been a people pleaser… then after watching this interview, you probably feel like you've found your soul sister.
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Here's the interview — I hope you enjoy it.
Here are the timestamps of this video:
01:22 Rini introduces herself and tells us about her background
02:30 How Rini got interested in fitness and became a personal trainer
03:20 First eating disorder and how things went down from there
04:35 Starting bodybuilding, while continuing to do lots of cardio
05:15 Rini's anorexia – bulimia – orthorexia cycle
06:35 Water fast period
07:05 Raw veganism period
07:35 Beginning of binge eating disorder, which lead up to bulimia
08:20 More diets — ketogenic diet and how it affected Rini's healt (no period, thyroid problems)
09:15 “Beyoncé diet”
09:55 The “Clean Eating Diet” and gluten free diet
11:30 Reasons why people go on diets so often
12:50 What NOT to do if you lose your period
14:05 Ketogenic diet and how it affects men vs women
15:00 Stefani Ruper and her research and articles about women and intermittent fasting
15:45 Reasons why Rini dieted so much; how her upbringing may have played a role in this
20:15 The problem with getting addicted to others admiration
20:40 What made Rini to stop constant dieting and her first steps towards food freedom
22:50 Complete surrendering to recovery
24:30 How she stopped following nutrition rules
26:10 Rini's thoughts when she started gaining weight
28:35 Why Rini started posting pictures of her body that had newly recovered from years of dieting and over exercising
30:00 Struggles as a personal trainer: What will my clients think if I don't look the part?
34:20 What changed when Rini stopped excessive exercise and started to eat freely
39:00 Advice Rini got from her doctors when she went to see them because she wasn't getting her period
39:45 Negative response to honest pictures Rini posted on Instagram and how she handled it
44:50 If Rini has found her balance and how she thinks about it
46:20 How to work with Rini
48:40 Where to find Rini
Where to find Rini:
Bits and pieces from Rini:
When I was growing up, I was told to avoid all conflicts and always try to fit in. I became a people pleaser. I always tried to be friends with girls who I adored and looked up to.Click to tweet
I thought that maybe if I look perfect, people will like me and I don’t have to prove anything anymore because I’ll just be beautiful.Click to tweet
I lifted weights for 2 hours and do cardio after that in the evening. At the same time, I was struggling with anorexia which later morphed into bulimia which morphed into orthorexia.Click to tweet
I did the keto diet before it actually cool. This diet completely messed up my hormones.Click to tweet
I was not allergic to gluten but I had put this thought into my head that I have to avoid it. I basically made myself sick.Click to tweet
Finally I truly surrendered to my recovery. I threw out my food scale, I stopped weighing myself, I decided to go with a flow and let my body do what it needed to do.Click to tweet
At first, it’s terrifying to put some chicken breast that you didn’t weigh, on your plate and not knowing know how many grams that is. It really freaks you out.Click to tweet
I took six weeks off from exercise to get my period back. I slept a lot and I let myself to eat. I missed the gym and I was addicted to it, but I just wanted to get my period back because I want to have children one day.Click to tweet
I put on around 30 lbs. What happened: My muscle definition faded away. My skin cleared out. My period came back. My hair and finger nails grew back. I stopped looking so pale.Click to tweet
Sometimes I go through days when I miss my old body, but I know I will never go back to my old habits.Click to tweet