Sadie Robertson Huff reflects on unhealthy relationship with fitness: 'If I don't take 20,000 steps, I'll fight'

Sadie Robertson Huff reflects on unhealthy relationship with fitness: ‘If I don’t take 20,000 steps, I’ll fight’

Sadie Robertson Huff says motherhood has changed her relationship with her body.  (Photo: Getty Images)

Sadie Robertson Huff says motherhood has changed her relationship with her body. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sadie Robertson Huff gained a new perspective on her body after becoming a mother.

The 25-year-old opened up about all things fitness and body image in the latest episode of WOAH, it’s good Podcast with his personal trainers and reflected on the difficulty of returning to the gym after battling an eating disorder. the old duck dynasty The star has been open about her struggles in the past, sharing that she was hyper-obsessed with her looks and the calories in all her food. After having daughter Honey, in May 2021, Huff dedicated herself to establishing a better relationship with her body.

“Coming out of that, I was scared to train, because I was scared it would take me back into this hole. Because for me, it was about looks,” she said. . “I think it was something that I was really, really hard on myself and so when I was training I think I was noticing my body more and so I was, like, scared of being sucked in in there.”

Huff went on to explain what her relationship with fitness was like in the past and how she dangerously fed herself into it with activity trackers.

“I had the FitBit, and it’s like the 10,000 steps. I was like, ‘I have to take 20,000 steps,’ and if I don’t take 20,000 steps, I’ll blame myself and all that. So I had to get rid of it for a season,” she explained. “I’m just going to take the FitBit off. Even though I liked it and it was fun, I was like, OK, that’s not healthy for me right now.”

As she has come to terms with her difficult journey with body image, Huff previously told Yahoo Life that she was pleasantly surprised when her pregnancy allowed her to embrace her body in new ways as it was changing and growing, rather than criticizing it. As she settled into motherhood, Huff found her daughter continued to inspire her to stay on that path. She told her coaches that with their help her “changed mindset” when it came to working out.

“Before, it was about what I looked like, but it wasn’t about that at all. It was really about what my body was able to do and how strong I was becoming. And I told you, every time I came, I was like, I have two kinds of goals. One of them is to do a pull-up, which I’m still working on… and the Second thing was I wanted to be able to easily put Honey’s car seat in the car,” Huff said. “The heavier she gets, I want to be able to do it easy, and I could do it. I was like, that’s awesome. Everything I was doing with Honey, I was just, you know, I’m young and I I can keep up and I can put the car seat in the car, but it was more like, I want to do it with strength. I want to do it with ease. I want to be the best mom I can be. and part of that , to me, looks like being healthy. So this change was so beautiful to be able to come in and it wasn’t about how I looked, it was really about how strong I was gaining.

Huff announced in early November that she was pregnant with her second child — another daughter — with husband Christian. During this pregnancy, she feels more at ease in her body and in her relationship to exercise.

“Now in the season I’m in, I just asked Christian for an Apple Watch for our anniversary, because I’m in a healthy place. I can do it and it would be good for me. It will actually help me to stay healthy and on track especially during this pregnancy,” she said. “I think sometimes you have to make decisions for what season you’re in because you have to be responsible. to know your health, where you are and your mental state.”

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, call National Eating Disorders Association helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

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