Despite the shift in the fitness industry towards wellness and inclusivity, there's no avoiding the fact that for a long time it felt like getting fit was all about restriction and cardio, especially for women. And although we all know that cutting back on certain foods and upping your cardio is an effective way of dropping excess pounds, it's easy to get carried away and end up on a diet that does more harm than good.
While living a fit and healthy lifestyle is important to maintain physical and mental health, when it's used as a means to reinforce negative ideals it stops being about self-care and can quickly turn into a form of self-harm. Like many of us, fitness blogger, Mackenzie Forbes' reasons for venturing into fitness were misguided, saying "I convinced myself that being "thin" would bring happiness and help me feel like I would be accepted."
#transformation I think my legs doubled and so did my smile ☺️ So incredibly proud of everything I've been through! I thought I'd share some of the top things that helped throughout my journey :) 1️⃣Overcoming the fear of "getting bigger"! These are words most people fear the most! Society is always telling us that these words are negative, I want you to know that is not always the case. I've never been HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER. Think to yourself: How much is being thing actually helping me? Is it worth sacrificing my happiness? 🤔2️⃣Be open! It's NEVER GOING EASY to start working towards your goals if you are lost on how to get there! Be open to new ideas, talk to professionals and listen. Nothing will change unless you're willing to make the changes. 3️⃣Be happy doing you! You make look up to a "runners body" and think WOW I want that, but if you hate cardio and love lifting is it worth forcing yourself to acheive that "goal body". NO! MENTAL HEALTH OVER EVERYTHING! Make yourself happy first, you deserve it! Send me a dm with any questions you have, I'd love to help out ☺️
If you're struggling to get out of a cycle of eating just enough, take inspiration from Mackenzie, whose Instagram feed is littered with motivational posts including before and afters charting her year-long weight gain transformation that began when she realised "lifting weights, not killing my body with HOURS of cardio everyday and eating enough would get me to the body I had ALWAYS wanted."
Despite having "struggled with restriction for many years", this fitness-lover has now gained 3.5 to 4 stones of weight through strength training and ensuring that her "FOOD IS FUEL!", saying "I've completely turned my life around and found that FOOD IS KEY to success for getting stronger, building muscles, and becoming healthier overall." Mackenzie's healthier attitude towards food and training has even extended to her self-confidence, as she began one caption saying "I think my legs doubled and so did my smile."
If, like Mackenzie, you "dream of just being HAPPY and HEALTHY!", add her to your feed for healthy food haul inspiration and strength training workout ideas, then start your journey to making health and fitness decisions that make you feel good as well as look great.