Who else looks in the mirror and go straight to their flaws or what can still be improved on?? 🙋🏾 The first picture was taken in May of this year right after I purchased my bridal gown and when I committed to get in the best shape for the wedding. Let's just say I had nothing nice to say about myself then. And let's be clear, there's no self hate here. I just knew I had more potential and was frustrated with my self sabotaging behaviors (eat a whole pie of pizza....SURE!). I'm no stranger to fitness. I've always been active in sports. But in my twenties, I had zero guidance and shredded down to a low 125lbs (I'm 5'5" but pretty muscular). Back then, I was so obsessed with the scale and to reduce my weight, I unhealthily reduced my calories while going balls hard at the gym (2hrs was a norm). I lost my shape. No butt even though I played volleyball all through HS and college and went down to a size 4!! At the time, I probably thought I was hot stuff but was hungry ALL THE TIME! Needless to say, once I stopped that diet, I rebounded. Ugh ugh ugh.
Now let's fast forward to the after picture. I took this photo today after my workout. With the incredible guidance from my coach @a.team.fitness, I'm cycling carbs up until the wedding to tone/shred, but this period is only a minimal phase in the 5 month journey I've been on. During the first 4 months, I felt that I was eating more than I have been prior to connecting with her. The difference was the type of foods and the ratio I was consuming. I was eating clean with occasional cheat meals (or in my case, cheat wknds!!) and giving my body what it needed to kick butt during the workouts but also to turn my body into a calorie/fat burning machine!
More importantly, I'm leaning out while protecting the muscles I worked hard to gain. I still have a booty (it's just less jiggly! 🍑) Continued below! 👇🏾👇🏾