An honest before and after:
My body, eating habits, overall approach, and relationship to heath and fitness has changed since I first started @getfitandthick, and I want to share a huge driver of that shift.
When I entered the fitness industry, I felt this pressure to be lean. I began counting macros and training harder than I ever had before in an effort to achieve my ideal aesthetic.
What you see on the left is a body hovering somewhere between 14 and 15% body fat. Crazy enough, I still had cellulite, which I was trying desperately to get rid of, and I was obsessed with achieving the bigger butt-smaller waist look.
I was consuming loads of protein, training for an hour 1-2x/day, and working a TON.
What you can’t see from the photo was how incredibly unhealthy and imbalanced I truly was.
Because my body fat was so low, I had lost my period and along with it, my sex drive. I also had trouble sleeping and was dealing with multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
(Let me caveat by saying that although there are women who can get down to 14% and even lower without any negative effects on their hormones, bones, and organs, it is more likely that the ideal range for you is probably somewhere between 18 and 24%.)
Today, I fluctuate between 18-20% and have fully embraced this as my ideal range. 💕
On the right is a woman that’s stopped trying to fit herself into a stereotype and started focusing on quality and variety of movement.
Yoga, running, swimming, walking, lifting weights, and plyometrics are now what make up my fitness regimen rather than only doing certain things because they would help me achieve physical results.
On the right is a woman who eats plant-based and intuitively. I’ve learned to trust the intelligence of my body and feed it what it needs rather than force protein down my face or withhold certain things from my life.
On the right is a woman who’s learned to embrace the changes of slightly a softer body, realizing that it doesn’t have to come at the cost of my strength or self-love.💕
Focus on what feels right for you instead of what looks good on others.