Courtney Black is a gorgeous, 20-year-old fitness model from London. Nearly 140,000 people follow her health and fitness chronicles on Instagram, where she offers fitness, beauty and wellness tips.
From these pictures, she looks fit and healthy.
But in the past, Courtney has struggled with body image and weight issues. Recently, she revisited her struggle with anorexia in one poignant video.
I was going to post this tonight but I'm just too impatient 😂Looking back at my old youtube videos and my own personal transformation story. Now not all the videos are backed up on my computer (you can see all the old ones on my channel) but these are a few I could find. Its crazy to notice how much muscle I have gained due to hard work, training and eating right. I am so driven to carry on my progress in 2017 and years and years to come. I want to help girls achieve the body and lifestyle they desire and have so many exciting new ideas. For now please do support me by subscribing to my youtube channel where I am posting footage regularly. Workouts, vlogs the lot. I hope you enjoyed this short transformation video showing how far I have come and thank you for supporting my journey all 132k of you! Lets get me to that 150 mark!
A post shared by Courtney Black/ HOME WORKOUTS👑 (@courtneydblack) on Jan 13, 2017 at 5:24am PST
At one point, Courtney weighed just around 90 pounds. "I would try to burn off more calories than I would consume and I would buy food just to chew and spit it out," she said, according to the Daily Star. Even without eating and proper nutrition, Courtney would run around 8 miles daily, followed by an intense workout session.
Later in the day, she would go to the gym again, and only sustain herself with an apple. "Honestly I don't know how I had the energy to exercise on such a poor diet. I honestly believed I wasn't skinny enough," she explained to the Daily Star.
After her family and friends intervened two years ago, Courtney realized she needed to make a change. Overtime, she gained weight, and maintained it with healthy eating and exercise. It wasn't only a physical growth for Courtney, but a mental one as well.
"Striving to be skinny is in no way maintainable or good for you. I've embraced my curves now and realise how attractive they are," she said.
You can follow more of Courtney's journey on her Instagram.
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