Just finished @fitnessblender‘s 4 Week #FBburn!
This is the difference in my body after a forced 2 month rest period, versus 1 month back into physical activity.
There's nothing wrong with my body in the first picture, not at all. However, I did feel pretty lousy. Stress manifests itself very harshly in my health & we have been under a great deal of stress for a while now. My health suffered over the summer & I ended up being in a situation where I couldn't do anything strenuous at all for almost 2 months. When I started back in, I actually had to do the low impact version of my own workout program because I was not ready for the higher impact. It was humbling & frustrating & entirely necessary. Now, 4 weeks later, I am feeling much better but honestly will probably not feel back to "normal" for another few weeks. That's perfectly fine & to be expected after an extended break.
Neither of the bodies you see in these pictures is better than the other, though I definitely feel a lot better in the second pic. Also, full disclosure; I tried to recreate my clothes, situation & posture as best as I could in these two pics. But, these changes could probably easily be recreated in 10 seconds by sucking in the belly; flexing in one pic but not the other. I know that #beforeandafter pictures can easily be misleading - that's not lost on me. But also, this was my experience.
Sometimes I get the urge to share these more personal fluctuations & life hiccups, and sometimes, I act on it; I want to help normalize the fluctuations that are inevitably going to happen in our lives, bodies & fitness. Injury, lack of motivation, illness, insanely busy lives, pregnancy, depression, significant life events - there is no shortage of speed bumps in life. Our bodies and our minds will be in a constant state of change. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. My main message is; never panic. Try to be gentle with yourself & try not to beat yourself up while you’re going through a rough time or trying to make changes to improve your life. Find the full story & over 500 FREE full length workout videos on fitnessblender.com
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