The 28-year-old Australian, who was a fixture on the Vitality Customary membership in the course of the current Worldwide Swimming League season, detailed a few of the issues she has skilled, together with being instructed that with the intention to swim quicker, she wanted to drop a few pounds.
“I’ve binged, purged and brought laxatives,” Seebohm wrote within the heartfelt submit. “I’ve counted energy, skipped meals and always weighed myself. I’ve been embarrassed to be in my togs. I’ve judged my physique each time I’ve been in entrance of a mirror.
“I’ve been instructed that the one method I can swim quicker is by shedding pounds and I’ve believed it.”
The Adelaide, South Australia native vows to “be braver” for herself in 2021, and hopes by sharing her story she may help others going by the same scenario.
“This yr I’m going to be braver for myself,” she stated. “To provide my physique the like it deserves and to begin I wanted to be sincere to everybody together with myself. I’m not asking for something however hoping that I may help somebody who could possibly be feeling the identical. I obtained this butterfly tattoo late final yr because the butterfly basis helps folks fighting consuming problems and I wished a reminder that I can do that!”
Seebohm is a three-time Olympian for Australia, successful a gold medal in her debut on the 2008 Video games within the ladies’s 400 medley relay at simply 16 years of age. She went on to win three medals in 2012, together with a gold within the 400 free relay and a person silver within the 100 backstroke, after which added a fifth Olympic medal (silver) within the 400 medley relay in 2016.
Along with her Olympic success, Seebohm can also be a five-time Lengthy Course World Champion, together with successful the ladies’s 100 and 200 backstroke occasions in 2015 and efficiently defending her 200 title in 2017.
After successful the inaugural ISL championship with Vitality Customary in 2019, Seebohm helped the membership to a runner-up end in November contained in the Budapest bubble, scoring 162.0 factors for the season which ranked 14th amongst ladies and twenty fifth general.