Pretty proud of the progress in these pics. The one on the left is from 2014. I did two hours of cardio a day (one in the gym and one walking the dog), little to no weights and was super restrictive with my diet. I weighed my food, counted calories and avoided oils, salts, sugar, etc.
The picture on the right is current. I do all weights, very little cardio (used as a cool down) and eat what I want (within reason.) Plus add in taking care of an infant and chasing around a toddler as my extra exercise. My diet consists of lots of protein, veggies, fruit, carbs, etc. I don’t avoid anything. I have something sweet maybe twice a week. I don’t drink sodas or juice like drinks, but honestly I’ve never been a fan of them so that makes it a bit easier.
My degree is in Sports Sciences. I took nutrition and biomechanics classes for years. I knew better than to do two hours of cardio and diet restrict. But I still did it. When I was in my 20’s I was impatient. I wanted quick results. Now at 34, I’ve learned when it comes to health and fitness you have to be patient. I’m finally taking my own advice. The advice I gave to people for years but ignored myself. Better late than never! Lol
Good work! Wow 😮 how many calories were you eating in that first picture if you don’t mind me asking and were you ravenous and unhealthy getting sick more often and did you still get that time of the month? Or was everything fine? I was like this too so I just wondering . Thanks 😊
Also when you say you did an hour of cardio at the gym , was it classes or running on the treadmill?
I wasn’t unhealthy or getting sick. I ate a lot of veggies, fruits and lean meats. I just did straight cardio so I wasn’t building bulky muscle. It was more thin muscle which doesn’t look great on my body type. I did probably 2 hours of cardio a day. I did roughly 1 hour elliptical and one hour walking the dog. I was eating about 1800 calories a day. So a good calorie deficit but too much for the cardio being done. And it was more for someone working towards competition than the every day person. Definitely not manageable for every day life. It didn’t allow for me to enjoy dinners out and such
Thanks:) That makes sense . I think u look great in both pics 🙂 wow 1800 calories is better than what I used to be on only 1200 and try to exercise on top of that . Goodness lol but I think you’re a lot taller than me . I’m 165cm tall. Anyway it’s good to know the comparison with both of your pics 🙂
Oh my that’s a very small amount of calories. I’m 5’3 so roughly 160cm. When I calculate my macros my lowest caloritic intake should be 1800.