UFC champion Ronda Rousey has won many fights in her life. Her most triumphant victory, however? Her brave battle with bulimia.
Ronda Rousey, 28, is one hell of a fighter. The boundary-breaking athlete was just honored as the Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter at the 2015 ESPYS on July 15 — two more titles added to her long list of accolades. While she’s the UFC’s first and only Women’s Bantamweight Champion, as well as the first US Olympic women’s judo medalist, her greatest win of all is conquering a once crippling eating disorder.
“I would do all kinds of crazy stuff; I struggled with bulimia and all these things for years,” Ronda revealed to Yahoo Beauty, explaining the measures she would take to achieve what she thought was her dream body.
Considering her physically demanding lifestyle, it’s almost unbelievable that the now-healthy sports star once abused her body. “I was unhappy,” she explained. “I had to attend to all of the other things in my life, like my career and my training, to get to a point where I trained just because I loved it. I didn’t even know that was what I wanted, but I made myself happy first and then got the ‘oh wow’ body.”
The MMA master, who proudly posed nude for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue in 2012, has finally figured out the correct way of obtaining the fit physique she has now. Once making herself miserable by obsessing over her flaws during workouts, the strong and sexy star learned it was best to focus on how she felt on the inside — rather than how she looked on the outside.
“What I really realized I was doing wrong was dieting and training and doing all of these things that I didn’t even like to get this idea of the body that I wanted,” she recalled. “I was focused on the results, instead of the process. I was unhappy and thought that when I got the right body I would be happy. But I was going at it backwards. I had to make myself happy first and then the body came.”
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— Evan Real