If you're familiar with trainer and Instagram force of nature, Anna Victoria, you know that she keeps her posts real (check out her post about those "flawless" fitness photos you see all over social media). She frequently posts glimpses into her own personal fitness progress, recently even sharing her five-year transformation picture on Instagram. With a constant emphasis on how working out and eating clean (most of the time!) can not only transform your body but—more importantly—your mind, Victoria has become a role model for women of all ages who are trying to make wellness a bigger part of their lives.
Now, she's back with a transformation photo that's totally different from the kind we usually see on the Internet—in the best way possible. (P.S. Remember that time she got real about stomach rolls? That was pretty cool too.)
It's time I share some of my own "progress". I want to start by saying this is not intended to be a before/after transformation. This is simply two points in my journey and not one or the other is my "goal". NO journey is linear. We have ups and downs and can get thrown off track for weeks even. I share a lot about my FBG girls journey but I don't share a lot about mine. My journey is no different than anyone else's. I'm still learning, still struggling to find that perfect definition of balance, still shifting goals, and simply going through life! In November 2015 I was following FBG Round 1 and the meal plan as perfectly as I could. Now, in July 2017, I'm following FBG 2.1 but I will be honest and say I'm not doing near as much cardio as I'm supposed to be. I've just been in a funk and have preferred lifting and so yes, my body fat has gone up. But I've also gained some muscle that I'm very happy about Do I want to be more lean? Yes, but if I'm not in a cardio mood these days, that's not gonna happen until I snap out of it. We've also been traveling a lot and for me, when traveling was less frequent, traveling = 50/50 and letting loose a bit. Now that traveling has become more frequent, I'm struggling with finding when to bring that 50/50 to 80/20 since it's more of the norm now. It's almost like as soon as I get on a plane, my mind shifts to vacay mode so that's something I'm working on and is something that has contributed to having more body fat that usual. Is it hard sharing this and pointing out I'm not as lean as I usually am? Yes. But this photo, July 2017, is not my ending point. My journey is still going and no two pictures side by side will ever keep me from pushing forward. Instead of inspiring you with a "perfect" journey, I hope to inspire you with how I deal with a not so perfect journey. And plus, who can be mad at those booty gains?!? #fbggirls #nojourneyislinear #stillpushingforward www.annavictoria.com/guides
In the post, she shared a progress photo from November 2015 next to a photo from July 2017, noting that she was actually more "lean" in the earlier photo than she is now. So why is she sharing this kind of progress with her followers? "I want to start by saying this is not intended to be a before/after transformation. This is simply two points in my journey and not one or the other is my 'goal.' NO journey is linear. We have ups and downs and can get thrown off track for weeks even," she explains in her caption.
She goes on to say that she hasn't been doing as much cardio as she used to lately, instead preferring to focus on heavy lifting and strength and muscle gains. As a result, her body fat has gone up slightly. "Is it hard sharing this and pointing out I'm not as lean as I usually am? Yes. But this photo, July 2017, is not my ending point. My journey is still going and no two pictures side by side will ever keep me from pushing forward. Instead of inspiring you with a 'perfect' journey, I hope to inspire you with how I deal with a not-so-perfect journey. And plus, who can be mad at those booty gains?!" True that. If you were looking for an example of a healthy, positive way to view your own fitness progress—here you have it.
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