Undereating and Overexercising


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Article by Emily Mobley

Photography by Amanda Donaho

Confession: I chronically underate and over exercised for 10 years of my life.

Every red flag signal my body sent me I ignored.

Things such as: 

  • Irregular periods
  • Cyclical anxiety
  • Racing thoughts
  • Low libido
  • Stubborn belly fat/puffiness
  • Joint pain
  • Hair loss
  • Shitty immune system (always sick)
  • Dry skin
  • Peeing constantly all day (dehydration)
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • Slow pulse/heart rate
  • Cold extremities 
  • Low blood pressure 

MY WHOLE BODY WAS WORKING IN SLOW MOTION! My metabolism was trashed! It was trying to conserve any bit of energy it possibly could and honestly, I don’t know where I would be today if I didn't wake up! 

This was all at the result of trying to be skinny and be "worthy" to what I thought society praised as a "perfect" body. Sad, right?

I want to reiterate to you today: that you may be chasing after instant gratification with a quick fix diet that has you starving yourself and living in a state of restriction, BUT I want you to know that the repercussions of doing this to yourself will be exacerbated later on in your life. AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.

Our society is getting more and more chronically unhealthy (both mentally and physically) and I believe extreme dieting is at the backbone of a lot of this decline.

We need to nourish our bodies, give them rest, treat them well because if we don't, they are going to fight us like hell.

When I finally walked away from the mentality of: 

  • More Restriction
  • More Exercise 
  • More Willpower 


  • Nourishing my body
  • Balancing my plate
  • Strength training
  • Proper hydration
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Support

My body and mind did a complete 180. I have never been more content, calm, and happy in my own skin and eating. 

If you want help getting you away from the diet mentality, and in a place where you are feeling good without deprivation, then my Gray 30 is for you! 

Let’s get off of this unhealthy cycle and back to living life again!  

-- Emily

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