Many girls these days are after Brazilian butt lifts in an attempt to obtain the ‘perfect’ glutes as inspired by the Kardashian.
As one girl from San Diego proved, however, you don’t need surgery to grow your bum.
Karina Rutledge is a San Diego State University student who decided to get into weight-lifting in order to reshape her body.
As a result of a toxic relationship, Karina was unhealthily skinny and was prompted to gain weight after being freed.
Speaking about her body-reshaping journey, Karina told UNILAD:
“My freshman and sophomore year of college I was in an extremely toxic relationship. My boyfriend at the time was cheating on me with my own roommate and was emotionally abusive.
We broke up after a two year relationship and I was heartbroken. I was hurting. When we were together I unhealthily lost a ton of weight. I downloaded an app on my phone and literally restricted myself to 1,000 calories a day.
It was insane. On top of that I was doing so much cardio. I was being told by everyone around me that I was getting too skinny too fast. Even my doctor said I was unhealthy and had to gain some weight back. I didn’t want to listen to them because I wanted to desperately be skinny.
After we broke up I was sad. I didn’t know how to pick myself up again. I finally got out of a toxic relationship and I just didn’t have a clue what to do.
Then I started seeing all of these fitness gurus on Instagram and YouTube how they were able to transform their bodies by lifting weights.
I couldn’t believe it! I asked my friends, Drew and Eden, to show me the ropes. To take me to the gym. I then started to realise that, while I was lifting, I wasn’t sad anymore.
I was filled with all of these endorphins and I was genuinely happy. I started watching a ton of workout videos on YouTube and deleted my calorie tracker. I was focused on eating more and lifting heavy.
I made this journal with a ton of research I did on how to grow your glutes. It was the reason how I was able to literally change my body shape.”
Nowadays, Karina eats over 2,400 calories per day and continues to lift weights. She is also “not afraid of any type of food” anymore.
While her body has changed drastically, her personality is the one that received an even better boost. She is now happier, cheerful, and aims to inspire others not to be afraid of changes.
“I came out with a workout guide that over 13,000 people have actually downloaded. That is crazy. That means close to 13,000 people are taking my advice and reading my notes and research,” Karina said. She is also looking forward to receiving a personal training certificate and being able to help others achieve their goals.