Transformation time ⏱
• 2015: undereating, cardio obsessed, trying anything for a quick fix - juice diets, avoiding carbs, wrapping myself up in cling film, cold showers (no jks, I thought all these things would make me skinny) & I was unhappy in my body.
• 2016: the end of my cut, eating around 1700 calories, working out (weights & cardio) 7 days a week, tracking all my meals, not eating chocolate 🤦🏼♀️ & the leanest I've ever been.
• 2017: weightlifting between 2-4x a week, eating 2000+ calories some of which are my greens & chicken but some of which are chocolate, cakes, pizza etc.
I am forever learning, growing and adapting on my journey. I started off in a very desperate place where I was unhappy in my body. I honestly just wanted a flat tummy. I worked my butt off, put in hours of hard graft, was so dedicated and I achieved my "ideal body" . The hard work paid off. I was lean. And I am so proud of myself for pushing myself in a way I hadn't before and showing myself what I am capable of. But for me, it was unsustainable and it was unhealthy mentally. I wouldn't eat out as it was difficult to track my meals, I would miss events to fit in the gym & I would stress if I fell slightly off track. And even at the time, I wasn't 100% satisfied, always craving and driving myself to be leaner. Now, fitness is a massive passion in my life but it's not my whole life. I enjoy working out when I can and I love eating well, but it's balanced. Balanced with everything else important that needs room in my life too. And so it's sustainable. Maybe I'm not my leanest/in my "best shape" but I'm so much happier and healthier physically and mentally, listening to my body, head and heart & feel comfortable in my skin. I'm in a much better place with valuing my training but not obsessing over it.
So please remember, it is so great to work towards goals but don't drive yourself into the ground obsessing over reaching them. You have to LIVE as well. As @thekirstyway said yesterday, we were put on earth for more than channelling all our energy into losing weight and having abs. We are capable of so much more than that 🌟💛