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More Than My Body (before & after)

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More Than My Body (before & after) More Than My Body (before & after)

More Than My Body (before & after)






 
Back in 2014 I shared my “reverse progress” photo. At the time, it was the scariest, most vulnerable thing I had ever done. I was a fitness professional who had long clung to the idea that I needed to have a perfect body in order to be successful in this industry. 
I thought I needed to have a perfect body in order to be loved. 
In order to be happy.
In order to be free.
But the thing that actually set me free was learning to give myself compassion, to let go of perfection, and to treat my body with love, not loathing. 
Posting that initial “reverse progress” photo was scary as a mofo, but in a very real way, it was the culmination of this sense of freedom. I got every comment you could possibly imagine:
“I liked you better then.”
“I like you better now.”
“Thank you for sharing your story.”
“You got fat.”
“You’re too skinny to know anything about body image.”
“This is so inspiring!”
“You gave up and let yourself go.”
“Thanks for showing me I’m not alone!”
The point in posting it wasn’t to start a discussion about MY body, it was to help other women start a discussion about their own–to help them release deeply rooted body image issues and learn to be free in their bodies. That conversation is still happening, and helping women start that conversation is a key component of my business.

 
 
It’s been almost 2 years since I shared that photo, and I figured it was time for an update. This is not your typical before and after. The first photo was taken in 2009, at the height of my food/exercise obsession. 
The second photo was taken this morning.
In 2009, I was the leanest I’d ever been; today, I’m 10 pounds heavier. 
Some people might call this “giving up” or “letting myself go” (trust me, I’ve gotten those comments), but the truth is, neither of those are valid. I still exercise daily and I don’t binge on junk food. 
The only things I’ve “let go” are obsessive behaviors in the pursuit of leanness, and the belief that my body somehow defines my worth. Allow me to paint a picture for you of the stark differences between 2009 and 2016…

 
2009:

I was 12% body fat, 120 pounds. 
I trained 2 hours per day and would often use exercise as a punishment for “bad” nutritional decisions. If I didn’t have time to train 2 hours, it meant I was undisciplined and didn’t have my priorities straight.
I counted EVERY SINGLE calorie Monday-Friday, and then, because I couldn’t maintain it, I’d binge my face off on the weekend. 
After my weekend binge, I would wake up Monday morning 3-6 pounds heavier than I was on Friday, and then proceed to be as strict as possible to lose the bloat by Friday. 
I weighed myself *every single day,* and depending on what it said, the scale ...


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Fecha de publicación: 19-01-2016 21:52
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