Exactly two years ago today I did my first (and most likely only) bikini fitness competition. Something most people don't know about me. It's how I jumped in the deep end with my personal fitness.
Here's my #transformationtuesday .
The picture on the left is the night before my show. My leanest. I walked on stage at 7% body fat. 7% soak that in because it's insane. I competed because I'd met an amazing coach and was looking for a fitness challenge. I knew NOTHING of the world I was getting myself into. And over the 6 months I trained I learned so much about what my body could do and LOVED the challenge. But over those six months I became obsessed with myself and how I looked. My world and those close to me revolved around my eating and training schedule and often my mood swings. I was often grumpy and snapped at everyone. It wasn't me. I couldn't walk out of the bathroom without doing an ab check first. I remember starting to relish in that null hunger you felt constantly. It became my life. Something I'm proud to say I've been through, and prouder to say I made it out the other side with my self esteem intact.
The picture on the right is from this morning (as I had to take new digitals. Sitting at 17% body fat and enjoying pretty much whatever I want to. LOVING the life I've built and even more the other side of fitness that I've found. Competing taught me what I was capable of, pushing me past my limits. It's just not somewhere I want to be again.
People have asked me to coach them through shows before but what you don't realize is it's EFFING hard. And the way you look in stage is how you look for ONE day. You're hungry, dehydrated, and depleted. Your body fat is not sustainable. You will gain some if not all or more of the weight back.
I share because I think its important to understand your WHY in everything you do. I competed to learn about my body, to push my extremes, and ultimately understand how hard it is to lose weight for potential clients I would train. I've found my new why in fitness, to keep my sanity, to be healthy, to challenge myself, and ultimately help others find their own love of fitness.
My ultimate transformation Tuesday ❤