I've received a fair amount of messages about the fear of weight gain. Some are from women who have restricted their calories for a long time, and while they want to gain weight, they get nervous about the initial changes they see in their body when they increase their calories. Others are from women who while they are not in a caloric deficit, in general they say that they don't want to do weights, or eat more because they are scared to gain weight.
Regardless of the reasoning, I get that gaining weight can be scary sometimes. When I fell and broke my jaw, I lost almost 15 lbs in less than a week ⚖️ I knew I needed to gain back the weight so I started eating in a caloric surplus 🍦🍳🥐🍕🍌 Once I started gaining, it was good because that was the goal of but ☝🏼 I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin. My body wasn't used to regulating that many calories and I gained fat more quickly than I was building muscle. It was frustrating to see those initial changes, but I knew that in the long run it was what I needed. I had to trust the process to not only reach a healthy weight, but to achieve my physical goals as well 🙏🏼
Once I reached my prior weight of 130, I didn't look how I did before my fall. I wasn't as nearly defined or toned BUT I now had the tools to do it--I had the strength and the energy to start lifting heavier again, build more muscle, and burn more fat 🏋🏼♀️💪🏼 If I would have never trusted the process and just stayed at my lower weight, I would have never gotten to the point where I am today 👆🏼
There were a few moments when I weighed less that I thought my weight was okay, and that I looked good even. Looking back I think part of that was because I was scared to go through that in between process--that uncomfortable process of getting the weight back on. But I promise you, it's so worth it. I compare these two photos and love who I see on the right. Someone who is stronger, has more energy, and feels confident. I get that the initial process can be uncomfortable but it you CAN do it. The end results are worth it 👊🏼