This is probably the most personal blog post yet. Really letting it all out there about my past, present and hopes for my future body...
Over the course of my adult life I have experienced many body transformations that have tipped the scale in both directions. It all started in University where I put on the freshman 15 x 2 (actually though). Really went for it that year in terms of poor eating habits and excessive alcohol consumption. You know its bad when you're wearing your jeans with a belt and long shirt to cover up the fact that you cant do the button up (yes, I actually did this), and you know its really bad when your Lululemon pants no longer fit. FML. I remember coming home from school that year and my Dad putting his hand out to shake mine and saying "You look like my daughter, did you eat her". THANKS DAD!
To make this even more real and really put myself out there, I have included some photo deep from the Facebook archives...
My mother really helped me get back into shape during my summer at home that year. Diet was a major part of the change as I wasn't a fully committed gym go'er at this stage in my life. Just goes to show how much of a role your eating habits can play on your physical appearance.
In second year university I went from one extreme to the next. I had never been as big as I was in first year and I was determined to never go back to that weight. I ate a lot less than I should have, and at the time loved the way I looked. Looking back on it today its safe to assume I probably had a mild eating disorder, but I honestly don't remember starving myself or having a poor relationship with food. So who knows...
Again, the proof is in the pudding...
After two years of ups and downs I finally found the gym and developed a proper relationship with food (for that stage in my life.) I was still drinking too much but it was University and thats what I was there for... right?
Post Dal Days
Through my mid twenties I was always confident with myself and my body, but there were parts of it I did not like. These areas, specifically my mid section, upper thighs and arms, always stood out to me in photos and whenever I went shopping for new clothes. It's funny to look back on this because I never did anything to change what bothered me. I lived in the cycle of work, drink and party, deal with a hangover, repeat. I've stayed pretty consistent in terms of weight and body image from 23-27. Nothing about me that I overly loved and nothing that I ever hated enough to change.
This brings us to the most recent year of my life. I really started to notice some changes that I could no longer live with. The biggest problem I was having was with cellulite in the thighs and legs and it was directly related to alcohol intake and lifestyle. I was single, out and about with my girls, and enjoying the beginning of the Toronto patio season. All of a sudden its summer and I don't want to be seen in shorts... what a great problem to have (insert eye roll here). I decided to suck it up (and suck it in) and continued enjoying myself knowing there was no way I would see any changes before the summer was over. I applied the old "I'll deal with it later" solution and set my first goal to make a change.
On September 1st, 2016 I decided to do sober September. I COULD NOT BELIVE HOW THIS CHANGED MY LIFE. I finally learnt what it was like to wake up without a lingering hangover. I had energy, motivation and drive to actually get things done! I started working out, eating better and noticed my body changing quickly. I was losing the cellulite that was starting to taking over a few months earlier and found myself wishing it was summer again. I stuck to this new me as much as I could but still had my fun and enjoyed drinking socially (just scaled it back a bit).
Over the last four weeks I have been doing the Kayla Itsines BBG (Bikini Body Guide) program and my god, this thing actually works! It is by no means easy and I curse her name more than once a session but it is convenient and best of all are the RESULTS. Since this post is already so long I'm going to keep this part short and just show you my transformation photos from one year ago to today and from four weeks ago to today.
I am excited to get through the next stage of her workout program and cannot wait to see how I look! Thank you for taking the time to read about my transformations as this was not easy to post publicly. I appreciate your support and would love to hear about your sweat story and what has gotten you to where you are today! I am happy to answer any questions you may have in the comment section below or if you'd like to email me you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org :)