Okay, well, here goes. I am 22 years old and have always been of average weight, around 67kg and 174cm tall. I took up rowing as a competitive sport about 3 years ago and progressed rather quickly, but was told I would only ever make it as a 'lightweight', which is under 57kg. So, I started my journey of getting down to weight, it was easy to start with, but I plateaued at about 60kg. I finally managed to break the plateau, with the pressures of weigh-ins looming and the weight started coming off more easily, however, I then couldn't maintain it and kept losing, down to a low of 51kg (BMI 16.
. After seeking help, I managed to put weight back on, but then struggled for the remainder of the season, yo-yoing up and down from 55-62kg.
Come crunch time, at nationals last year, I was stuck at about 61kg, with a week to go before having to be under 57kg. I did make it, but there was a lot of sweat running and starvation involved... come the end of the week, when there were no weigh-ins left I found myself eating anything and everything that I'd been deprived of for so long. This continued for awhile, and it was a constant struggle to realise my bodies true hunger signs as I had ignored them for so long. I went overseas a couple of months later and my weight just kept going up, to a high of 72kg.
Since getting back from overseas at christmas time, I have had many attempts at getting my weight back down, with little success. It is now the start of a new rowing season, and I am keen to at least get back to about 62kg and possibly, depending on how my body is coping, give nationals another shot. This time, however, I am determined to do things properly and listen to what my body is telling me.
I know that what I did would have damaged my metabolism and that is why it is now harder for me to lose weight, however, I am hoping that with the right diet and training, I will be able to get back to a point where I am comfortable with my body.