It’s easy to get caught up in numbers. We often rely on the scale as a way to measure our progress and self worth, but this doesn’t always paint an accurate picture. As I look back at these two photos, my bodyweight is actually the same—but the difference in my physique shows that there’s more than just a number to consider when it comes to your health. Let’s take a deeper dive into how I achieved this transformation.
My First OCB Competition
The first photo was taken shortly after I competed in my very first bikini competition. At this point, I was new to fitness and didn't really know what worked for my body yet. So, I followed a typical low calorie "bro diet," relied on cardio and HIIT training to lose weight, and used bodybuilding.com workouts instead of a structured program . This approach resulted in some visible changes, but it wasn’t sustainable or healthy.
Fast forward around six years (and one childbirth later!), and you have the second photo—a much different physique! At this point, I had learned what worked for my body and what didn’t. I program my own strength training and include small doses of interval training and lots of walking. My nutrition also changed drastically; instead of relying on strict calorie counting or restrictive diets, I maintained a more balanced approach that allowed me to really enjoy the food I ate on a daily basis without feeling overly hungry or deprived.
These two photos prove that there's more than just weight loss involved when it comes to transforming your physique —it's about developing healthier habits that are sustainable over time. If you're stuck using the scale as your only measure of progress, now is your sign to start looking beyond the number! Trust me, you'll be much happier if you focus on nourishing your body rather than trying to fit into unrealistic beauty standards set by society and social media influencers. Pursue progress through proper nutrition, strength training, and consistency - not just weight loss!
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