I think that the pictures of my physique can be really confusing. I think that the pictures of just about any fitness guru are pretty misleading because most likely there's been a long journey to get to that point, so I wanted to share the progress pictures that I have from start to finish, and how nutrition was 100% the reason for all of the changes mostly. The place that I'm at now wouldn't have happened if I hadn't stuck it out so just keep at it, and where you want to be will eventually happen!
First, body by McDonalds, Burger King, soccer and Taco Bell. I was on the go, ate 3 square fast food meals per day and looked like this. The thing to note is obviously my internal health was awful and also I probably wasn't intaking THAT many calories if it was just three square meals, but it was probably A LOT more fat grams, and not good fats ;)
After this, I got a boyfriend, gained like 10 pounds just eating my heart out and don't really have a picture from that time, so then I decided I was going to learn what a calorie was, and diet for the first time. I lost that 10 plus another 10 quick because I literally didn't eat. I just wanted the quick and easy route, not because of a disorder but just because I didn't feel like wasting time.
My eating disorder happened strictly because I didn't know about nutrition. I thought that not eating was how you lost weight then I lost it then didn't know how to get out of the downward spiral. It was totally unintentional, and not recommended.
From there, I had a break up like 5 years later (I stayed 95-100lbs for many years by eating very little but socially would make it work so I was "healed"). During the breakup, I discovered binge eating. WHOMP.
I have never felt so unlike myself like during this time. My face was swollen, and I'm not saying I looked at all, but I was miserable. Fake smile anyone?
Then, I got that somewhat under control by turning to healthy eating. I had actually never truly known about a healthy lifestyle until Tanner introduced it to me. I lost maybe 5 of those pounds but my "healthy" was from my messed up metabolism which still meant most days at 1000 calories.
Nevertheless, I WAS happier. I just thought that's what health was. Then, I discovered competing, where I could transform my body. Oh, I was so excited. I told myself I would stop my weekend binges for this 12 week period and somehow it worked. I started lifting for the first time and dieted down and that's when I found out that somehow I had really blocked abs. I had never seen this before. I had been working out for years at this point so I think that heavy core work over time.
From there, I rebounded HARD. I didn't know how to do real life. I tried to "reverse" but really that just meant loosely following macros with only clean foods and binging on the weekends. I was still ONLY lifting at this point. Above, on the left, I was actually running about 20 miles per week maybe, but that's all I did.
So, another show cures that right? That's the answer ALWAYS in the fitfam girl world. So, another show I did and with those deadlines you are able to control yourself somehow physiologically. However, this time going into the show, I said that it would be different and this was the final time. After I leaned out for this show, I was going to reverse diet RIGHT and I didn't care how much weight I gained, I had to eat food. I was so miserable on such low carbs.
When I started reversing appropriately and adding in carbs slowly, my body has NEVER responded so well. I legit put on so much muscle. I was running MAYBE 15 miles a week when I started reversing at the beginning.
This was heaven for me, and some of the best times in my fitness journey at that time. I could eat doughnuts and gain muscle like this. I just could NOT believe it.
I decided to run my first marathon, and I was very much able to maintain muscle and still am to this day. I would say though that it's not as "thick" if you will. After I reversed, I learned that my true passion lies in endurance and therefore I was going to have to figure out the hybrid approach. I started doing research and started on my journey. I won't share all the pictures along the way in that, but it's basically the same. Here I am today. I could easily do the above if I wanted to be honest. I've gotten lazy with my lifts, and need to be better. LOL.
But then, I took this last week and my muscle still looks the same. I don't nit pick my body like I am right now. I'm just trying to show the differences in nutrition and workouts and how the body responds because when I do something, I go all in. LOL. I'm my own little science experiment.
My point is this, if I had posted the picture that I'm going to post below, I could have put "RUNNER VS LIFTER" and this happens ALL THE STINKIN TIME! Yes, your body changes based on the workouts that you do, but your body changes mostly with nutritional changes, and knowing how to appropriately train for your goals. It's just frustrating when the entire story is not told and an illusion is created that if you start running, you're going to fall off to nothing.
TOO MANY SELFIES OF ME. I FEEL SO NARCISSISTIC, but I hope you catch my drift. LOL!