After struggling with eating disorders for a decade and almost dying a few years ago, Chelsea is now a professional athlete and living her dream.

JYM Athlete: Chelsea Kamody

After 10 years of struggling with eating disorders, Chelsea’s organs were failing, and doctors told her she most likely wouldn’t make it to the end of the month.

At that point Chelsea, who had always been fascinated with fitness models and competitors, decided to make one last effort to achieve her dream and get her life back.

Chelsea fought hard to regain her mental and physical health. After struggling for over a decade and almost losing her life, she not only regained her health and life, but has made her fitness dreams come true. Just a few short years after almost dying, Chelsea is now a professional bikini competitor, competitive powerlifter, spartan runner, and triathlete. More importantly, although she is living her dream as an athlete, she’s healthy, happy, and likes to inspire people who may need motivation to make a change.

Chelsea keeps busy as a teacher, professor, musician, and coach, but still makes time to hit the gym morning and night. It’s become an important part of her, and she loves the positive benefits and friendships she has made from fitness.

Chelsea’s Bio

Height: 5'11"

Weight: In season (prep): 125 lbs / Off season (bulking): 155 lbs.

Residence: Gainesville, FL

Occupation: 8th grade science teacher / physics professor

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Q&A with Chelsea

What got you into fitness in the first place?

I’ve always been into sports. I played volleyball, softball, and was a competitive runner through college. I’ve also just been very active. I love anything outdoors, like hikes, bike rides, kayaking, walks, rollerblading. I started getting into the gym during college. Unfortunately, I was not taking care of myself at that time, took working out to the extremes, and was very unhealthy for a lot of years. It wasn’t until I had my big life turn around that I started really taking my heath, fitness, and nutrition very serious. I was determined to get my life back, and the goal to compete, plus the help of the gym helped me do that.

What were some of the biggest challenges in your fitness journey?

Obviously, I had quite a few struggles in the beginning. I was very sick mentally and physically, and my whole life was spiralling downhill. I was addicted to the gym and eating “healthy”, but not in a good way. I had some bumps in the road and lessons I had to learn as I set forth in my journey to reach my goals. Making huge life changes isn’t easy, and I struggled at first, but as I went it became easier and easier. Plus, I have/had a great support system, which makes a huge difference.

I would say now my biggest obstacle is my metabolism (a very opposite issue of most). I’m very tall, long, lean, and I have a very fast metabolism. Putting on size can be a struggle. In fact, most of the last two years I was eating over 600 g of carbs! Not as easy as it sounds.

What’s your #1 tip for those who want to make a transformation?

DO NOT GIVE UP. The goal may look like it’s so far away, but the time will pass either way. Take it one day at a time. Set a goal, stick to it, find a solid support system, and never listen to people who say you can’t do it.

Why did you choose the JYM supplement line over all of the other options out there?

I first discovered JYM products when I was added to the facebook group. I wasn’t even interested in the products at first, but I became overwhelmed with support, love, and knowledge from the group, so I decided to give some of the products a try. As a scientist, I’m very picky of what I will put in my body. I was pleased to find out JYM products are MUCH cleaner than any other supplements out there. Not only do they use quality ingredients, they work great and taste wonderful!

What are your goals going forward?

I won my pro card as a natural bikini competitor during my last season, and won my first pro show. This will be my first full season as a pro, so I want to bring my best, and hopefully place high if not win my shows. I’m also a spartan runner and triathlete. I have several races planned this

year that I would like to place high in, and continue to better myself as a runner. I’ve also competed in powerlifting, and would like to do a few more meets this coming year.

Overall, I want to continue to better myself all around (as an athlete and a person). Physically I want to continue to add size, improve my physique, get faster and stronger. I also always want to better myself mentally. I think many athletes underestimate the importance of healthy emotional and mental health.

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