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The Selfie That Made Me Realize I Took "Healthy" Too Far

June 24, 2015 2 min read

A few years ago, after I had achieved my 45 pound weight loss, I was rocking some killer abs. I was so excited to see abs for the first time in years -- not to mention that my love handles had totally disappeared. I snapped this photo below and I immediately began realizing one thing: I wasn't healthy. FullSizeRender (4) "What? Why wouldn't you be healthy with abs?" You might ask. Well, this look wasn't good enough for me. I wanted MORE. I wanted skinnier. I wanted less body fat. I wanted more definition.
I got so caught up in my new body that I was obsessed with everything that went into it. However, I easily became underweight for my height from being on a strict calorie counting (obsessed) diet. I didn't go to the gym because I was afraid of getting "bulky", so even though I had abs, I was still "skinny fat." I lacked the energy to go to work where I had to stand for 8 hours a day. I was emotionally tired and feeling drained non-stop. [bctt tweet="The Selfie That Made Me Realize I Took "Healthy" Too Far"]

I was a total mess inside and out

There was a point in my past when I took this whole healthy thing way too far. For example, I was once thrown a birthday party at my clinic that I worked as a nurse at, and I didn't even eat the birthday cake that they had gotten me. Why? I was afraid that one bite would turn me fat again. Lame, I know right? I woke up one day and learned to do things the right way, even if it meant sacrificing my abs. I finally realized that those abs were not from hard work, they were from deprivation.
  • I didn't have cheat meals.
  • I didn't have sweets.
  • I didn't eat carbs.
  • I didn't eat past a certain time every night.
  • I didn't eat more than 1,200-1,400 calories a day.
  • I didn't workout.
So much of all of that became.. well.. boring. I decided life was way to short to worry about having perfect abs everyday. So, I gave in!
  • I allowed myself 1-2 cheat meals per week.
  • I eat sweets every now and then.
  • I LOVE CARBS!!!!!!
  • I eat right before bedtime if I am still hungry.
  • I eat around 2,300 calories per day.
  • I workout 4-5 days a week.
I now have abs that personally look and FEEL better to me. Why? Because I did it the RIGHT way this time. I didn't do it for the vanity or how I looked. I did it to become healthy and to feel empowered by my good choices. FullSizeRender (6) Are you looking to firm stubborn soft spots, transform your body and maintain results without spending hours in the gym? Join our Beginner Bootcamp and train with Edith every day! [caption id="attachment_122855" align="alignnone" width="100"]@BodyRockOfficial @BodyRockOfficial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_99115" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat snapcode @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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