My photos from a year ago popped up on my phone this morning. I saw a pic of where I was at then and I had to of course compare it to now, 6 or so months into a ketogenic lifestyle.
The second picture was this morning. Of course I had to make a dorky face. Might as well if you’re taking bathroom selfies, and flexing no less. I think I look leaner and more defined. I’m probably only a couple pounds lighter. I started lifting heavier and increased my lean muscle mass while cutting a bit of body fat.
In the “before” pic I was very fit, working out very hard but not getting the results I wanted. I remember thinking I should be getting more out of the work I was putting in. I wanted to be leaner but, as much as I knew about health and fitness, I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I knew just cutting calories wasn’t a great plan because cutting calories is a sure fire way to slow your metabolism which is like shooting yourself in the foot.
I have to admit this all pure vanity stuff. Of course I want to be healthy but when it’s five pounds plus or minus it’s pretty much aesthetics. I’ve had three babies but I really wanted great abs.
I don’t do crunches or count calories. I just keep my carbs low, eat plenty of healthy fat and protein, and lift challenging weights. When I do cardio I keep it very short with HIIT style workouts.
My belly button looks wonky and I have plenty of stretch marks, but they’re badges of honor. I just want to be the best version of me and honor what my body has accomplished.