"To be fully frank with you, my lifestyle was still a bit of a mess," admitted Emma, who became fully invested in the PumpUp community 9 months ago when she decided to make health her first priority. A number of negative influences weighed her down the summer before she joined PumpUp. "I was depressed, lonely, drank hard liquor constantly and only worked one job for 10 hours a week," Emma recounted. "Ordering pizza was never much of a concern. I didn't give much thought as to what I was putting into my body." Slowly, Emma began to integrate cardio and weightlifting into her routine and began to research how she could best attain her health and fitness goals. "I found out about PumpUp from a fitness bikini competitor that I follow," she divulged. "She mentioned how motivational of a community it is. At that point I had only been a part of the community at Bodybuilding.com, which was informative but slightly different."
Emma is a firm believer that you are what you invest in. Once she began to invest 200% into her mental and physical health, everything fell into place. "I transitioned into a healthier lifestyle by researching everything: from exercises on Bodybuilding.com to following influential females on Instagram and PumpUp." The adjustment came easily for Emma. Her passion for food made it easy for her to see how she could be creative with healthy cooking and share about it with an online fitness community such as PumpUp. "My old trainer, who used to professionally compete, saw my hunger for growth and power and he suggested that I should try to compete in a bikini competition that was hosted at my old high school." Now a full-fledged fitness bikini competitor, the rest is history in the making for Emma.
Since Emma began her journey with PumpUp, she began to make a photo-diary of her progress toward the stage and even switched her career paths. "I went from going to school for fashion design in Manhattan to going back to school for Dietetics and Nutrition this coming fall," she elaborated. "My heart bursts every time an old acquaintance, classmate, or coworker comments about how I am a role model and sees me as motivational. It's both humbling and heartwarming and keeps my drive intact. PumpUp is also full of constant positivity and support, it's my second family. I'm finally surrounded by positivity and I'm never looking back!"
Emma has been able to pursue her passion for health and fitness head-on, despite financial obstacles that she faced along the way. "For awhile, my mother was telling me that [fitness competing] was a hobby and wanted me to get a better-paying government job, as well as return to school for Fashion," she mentioned. "I'm back at my mom's place and I'm currently saving up money for my own apartment later this year. Having no car has been stressful with financial difficulties, my competition prep, loan repayments, and more." Her dedication is admirable: Emma holds three different jobs at the moment, working at Starbucks, Mac Cosmetics, and Athleta. "I love every minute of it," she enthused. "I stopped creating excuses!"
She urges her fellow PumpUp members to tackle every fitness goal one day at a time. "What separates those who are successful is those who aren't afraid of failure, but welcome it," she insisted. Emma has had slip-ups throughout her journey, but chooses not to ruminate upon them. "Recently, even during my strict preparation schedule for my competition, I had a slip," she confessed. "Take it all in stride and don't be afraid to ask for help. Smile and have fun! Remember that fitness is not a job but an adventure!"
As Emma continues to share about her progress with PumpUp, she hopes to spread more positivity with the community. "I want to grow with PumpUp in more ways than one," she insisted. "I have been in dark places and kept forgetting that my family and friends were there fore me. I will continue to do more competitive shoes throughout the winter and constantly strive for more progress."
"If you asked me this a year and a half ago I'm not sure I would answer the same way. My biggest motivation is my mother completely. She is the craziest, most loveable superwoman I could ever ask for. I've come to understand her side of things and she's never left my side despite me leaving college and creating an opposite lifestyle. She has lived through multiple wars, brought our family to the states, is getting her degree in the next few months all despite being a single mother and working two non-stop jobs. She even works out and was using protein powder among other things before me!"
Cheer Emma on as she reaches her goals with the help of the PumpUp Community! Find her on PumpUp @emmakeshchyan and on Instagram @Emmageorgiyevna! When was the moment that you learned to stop creating excuses for yourself? Let us know if you relate to Emma's story in the comments below!