A lot of you may look at the picture on the left and think "goals"
I used to absolutely think this too, until I realised that having that body was not something I could maintain 🙅🏽
I'm sure you've seen lots of fitness bloggers talk about the benefits of eating more. In the picture on the left, I was super super lean, with hardly any body fat. But what did that cost me? I was tired a lot, I was hungry all the time, I would workout 6 days a week religiously but wasn't eating enough to fuel my body. I felt weak during my workouts, and even though I was fit, I wasn't strong. I actually remember being ill for about a week after taking this photo!
What I'm trying to get at is, me on the left is unsustainable. You train so hard to look a certain way, but then your goals change and in my case, life changes. Moving away from home has been such an amazing experience, but if I'm totally honest, really stressful. It's had an effect on my diet, my workouts and my life in general. I ate and drank pretty badly the first few months here as I was missing home. My workouts were fairly sporadic and I found it hard to stay motivated.
I would love to say from eating more I've gained loads of muscle (and I've definitely gained a teeeeeny bit) but in general I've gained a fair amount of fat 😕 Obviously, you can't control where the food you eat goes. I now have rolls when I sit down, a lot of my clothes don't fit or are very tight, and my abs certainly don't pop like they used to. Instead of this bothering or upsetting me, I'm embracing that my body is changing this way and enjoying my new journey 💪🏻
I'm slowly starting to see some gains from weight training (but this takes time 🙏🏻) and I'm starting to feel SO much stronger and more confident now 🤗 I'm loving that I can eat what I want and when I'm hungry. I'm loving that each time I go to the gym I can lift heavier weights 💪🏻 So don't be afraid of your body changing 😚💛 #bodyconfidence #screwthescale #girlgains #foodisfuel #gainingweightiscool