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This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Transformation Photos

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Transformation Photos

Our friends at Shape share what people get wrong about those popular transformation photos.

It’s safe to say that we at Shape (and the rest of the Internet) are fascinated with the Instagram fitness phenomenon of ‘before and after’ or ‘transformatio…

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Transformation Photos

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Transformation Photos

Our friends at Shape share what people get wrong about those popular transformation photos.

It’s safe to say that we at Shape (and the rest of the Internet) are fascinated with the Instagram fitness phenomenon of ‘before and after’ or ‘transformatio…

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Transformation Photos

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Transformation Photos

Our friends at Shape share what people get wrong about those popular transformation photos.

It’s safe to say that we at Shape (and the rest of the Internet) are fascinated with the Instagram fitness phenomenon of ‘before and after’ or ‘transformatio…

After an “Embarrassing” Airplane Experience, This Man Lost Weight and Found Love

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This Blogger’s Before and After Will Change How You Feel About Weight Gain

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Jillian’s Revenge Body Transformation Is So Much Deeper Than Her 50-Pound Weight Loss

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Jillian Perih endured more tragedy in her first 21 years than most people experience in a lifetime. As such, she turned to food as a comfort, and fell away from physical activity she once loved, resulting in massive weight gain and a loss of self-love. After trying (and failing) multiple times to lose weight with things like CrossFit and running, Jillian applied to be on Revenge Body, and the experience transformed her in more ways than one. Her experience with Body By Simone dance cardio gave her the opportunities and perspective needed to turn her life around (including scoring an incredible job as Simone De La Rue’s assistant!) . . . and get to a healthy weight on top of it all. What we noticed most from her after photos? Her smile and confidence. As Jillian says, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.” Here’s how she got there.

Jillian: Before

POPSUGAR: What made you decide to start your weight-loss journey?

Jillian Perih: The moment that motivated me was the day I found out about Revenge Body. However, my whole life has been a weight-loss journey. I have gained and lost weight many times. This particular time wasn’t a weight-loss journey at all. This past year was a journey of self-love and body positivity.

PS: Can you talk about the cause of your weight gain?

JP: My weight gain(s) stem from emotional eating. I can trace it as far back as fourth grade when I started weighing myself and sneaking food. The following two were the biggest causes of my 50-plus pound weight gain in my teen years and early 20s.

In high school, both of my parents passed away. I kind of gave up on sports because I no longer had that drive pushing me. I associated the sports I played with my mom and dad – and it just made me sad. Also, living on your own at 16 with your 21-year-old sister means eating kid foods – cookie dough, pizza, pasta, take out. All of this adds up!

At my most fit – 20 years old and 175 pounds – I was the happiest I had been, and a collegiate athlete at UCLA. On Halloween of my junior year, I was sexually assaulted. In the year following the attack, I got up to 240 pounds. The more weight I gained, the less motivation I had to lose it.

PS: What made you choose to go on Revenge Body?

JP: I had an epiphany moment when I saw they were casting for the show – two of my guiltiest pleasures: weight loss shows and the Kardashians. It was a no-brainer. I actually called everyone I knew telling them that they were casting a weight-loss show for Khloé and we knew I needed to be on it!

Jillian: After

PS: Had you tried other approaches before Revenge Body?

JP:I had tried other things. And they worked for a while – but inevitably I gained the weight back. I tried heavy lifting, CrossFit, running, you name it. I didn’t know that the reason I gained it back wasn’t the type of workout – but my motives. My usual goal was to lose weight. On the show, my goal was to gain confidence and self-love; the weight fell off when I achieved that.

“My goal was to gain confidence and self-love; the weight fell off when I achieved that.”

PS: What’s your favorite way to work out?

JP: I love working out in any way! I have grown to love MANY types of working out – which is what made my weight loss enjoyable. I don’t dread it. If I am dreading a workout, I know it is the wrong one for me. Working out should be FUN. Working out should not be a chore. Find ways to mix it up instead of the classic monotonous gym routine!

Jillian: Before and After

PS: What do you love most about working out at BBS and dance cardio?

JP: I legit smile every time I go to a BBS class, usually when mess up a dance. I get so caught up in the dancing that I think I know every move – then I mess up – then I laugh at myself. That is exactly why I love BBS. I am not a professional dancer and I don’t pretend to be. I go into class just ready to hear loud music and sweat my a$$ off!

PS: What’s your weekly exercise schedule?

JP: I work out when I can, sometimes it’s three days a week, sometimes it’s six days. In general, I do two days of one-hour long cardio (walk, run, intervals, StairMaster). I go to BBS two to three times a week and switch between Full Body and Dance Cardio. And usually try to lift one to two times a week.

Jillian: Before

PS: How much weight have you lost?

JP: My heaviest ever was 240 pounds and I started the show at 220 pounds. Currently I am 190 pounds which is 50 pounds overall.

PS: What was the first big difference, other than the number on the scale, that really made you feel proud and excited?

JP: Fitting into my old jeans was amazing. Trying on bathing suits!!

PS: How do you track your weight loss?

JP: How I feel and fit in my clothes. I do not really weigh myself anymore – because I know how much is behind that number. If I do weigh myself, it’s more to track changes, not my physical weight, because the number on the scale doesn’t matter anymore!

PS: What’s a typical day of meals and snacks?

JP: Breakfast: 1 egg, 1/2 cup egg whites, 1 cup spinach, 1 or 2 pieces of sugar-free bacon, and 1/2 cup sweet potato ribbons in an omelet. Sometimes crumbled goat cheese. Snack 1: No-sugar-added all-natural beef jerky. Lunch: Model Meal Delivery (Whole30, Paleo, grain-free, and sugar-free). Snack 2: Greek Yogurt with fruit or hummus and celery. Dinner: 35 grams organic grass-fed whey protein shake or salad with chicken or turkey breast.

PS: Do you count calories? What’s the range of calories you eat per day?

JP: Not really . . . I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. I try not to cave into cravings and if I do, just hit it extra hard at the gym. I try to trust my body now that I know what it is asking for.

Jillian: After

PS: What are the healthy staples that are always in your fridge?

JP: Eggs, spinach, coconut milk, organic almond butter, Whole Foods organic hummus, and celery.

PS: How do you strategize for meals out?

JP: I don’t – I honestly eat what my body is craving – and stop when I am full!

“It is vital to know you don’t need a gym. You don’t need a trainer. You need your body – and that’s it.”

PS: Do you use a fitness tracker? Which one, and how do you think it helped you?

JP: FitBit Charge 2 – I love that it gives me reminders to walk during the day since I have a desk job. Also, I like how it tracks my workouts and syncs in one place.

PS: What role did Revenge Body and BBS each play in your journey?

JP: Revenge Body gave me all the tools I needed to change my emotional eating habits that stemmed from all the loss in my life. It gave me three months of unapologetic selfishness to heal. I also met amazing castmates who I adore.

Body By Simone gave me perspective. I always thought I knew how to work out, until I tried BBS. They taught me how to work out on my own, with no equipment. It is VITAL to know you don’t NEED a gym. You don’t NEED a trainer. You need your body – and that’s it. I can take what I learned anywhere I go.

And of course both, of these things gave me Simone. She was so much more than a trainer. She is my friend, my boss, and a lead female mentor in my life. I love her dearly!

Jillian and Simone

PS: What advice do you have for anyone starting out on a weight-loss journey?

JP: I forget who told me this saying first but ENJOY THE JOURNEY. It takes a long time to see changes and make lifelong decisions about your health. Imagine if you only wait to be happy until you see your “goal weight” on that scale. It will be a DAMN long time and a miserable one at that. Enjoy all of the little moments. Enjoy every lost inch, every healthy meal, and every workout. It’s all the little things that make you love your body, not just your weight.

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