Lately I've received a number of messages around weightloss advice and questions about which diet I followed for Miss South Africa. I want to give you honest feedback: I never followed a specific diet, but I made drastic lifestyle changes and literally trained my butt off. The picture on the left was after 5 months of intense training and absolutely NO carbs, red meat or alcohol. Chocolates, cake and sweets were swear words! I trained 2 to 3 hours a day and I even worked cardio sessions in over weekends. My boobs shrunk 2 cup sizes and my period stopped. On this specific day of the picture, I got home, freezing after the shoot, and I had a baby apple for dinner. From the picture on the right, more than a year later, I want to say, it's NOT worth it to fight a daily battle with food or your body. Bodies are different, we can't all look the same. Instead of having #bikinibody unrealistic-nonsense-goals that are being spoonfed to us on a daily basis, strive towards being the healthiest and happiest version of yourself (mentally and physically). Don't fight against something that is part of who you are. Self acceptance is a relationship that you have to work on daily. Be sure to make your body your new best friend. Light and love! #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodyconfidence #loveyourbody #dietculture #unrealisticgoals #bebodyaware #healthnotsize #beautybeyondsize #droptheplus #everybodyisbeautiful #swimwear #bikini #curves #iamallwoman
Happy #transformationtuesday my loves 💓 when I told you that I used to be so skinny with matchsticks legs I was not lying 😂😂😂 I genuinely used to be so skinny it was crazy 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ so here's my 4 year transformation. From skinny to strong 💓💓💓 #gainingweightiscool I couldn't be happier with how I currently am looking and I much prefer stronger Amie to skinny Amie 💁🏽 also can we appreciate the over filtered before picture 😂😂😂🤦🏽♀️ back in the bebo stunnah days when filters were very very overused 😂😂😂 anyways I shall leave this here! Picture 1: a skinny Amie who over did it on the cardio and ate very little VS Picture 2: a stronger Amie with much more muscle, who lifts weights and that eats much more food! (Carbs have my heart ❤️) HAVE A GREAT EVENING ALL💓🤗
I know I've shared this before but I'm sharing it again because it seemed to resonate with a good amount of people. . On the left was a couple weeks after I had broken my jaw, and had lost over 10 lbs. initially. On the right is a week or so ago. Now, I have never been someone to fixate on my actual weight, I didn't even own a scale until last year. But, for whatever reason, seeing that lower number on the scale messed with my head a little bit. I knew I needed to gain back the weight, but I think there is this automatic association that weighing less is somehow better. Obviously this is not true but I think that has been engrained in us by society. And to be honest, I knew I needed to gain back the weight but I didn't see the hurry. I didn't think I looked unhealthy. I thought I looked fine...lean even. It wasn't until I saw this photo on the left that I remember thinking, "oh, shit...definitely do not have a butt anymore" 😂 Which yes, is funny to an extent...but ☝🏼 it's also a little scary how something can be so engrained in us (a lower number on the scale) and us embody that without even knowing it. . Even for someone who doesn't use a scale (I just weigh myself for macro adjustments), I do understand how the number on the scale can have a big impact on someone. So I just really encourage you guys to adjust your goals based on what you see in the mirror and how you are feeling about your body (if that makes sense). Yes, the number on the scale CAN be an indicator of progress, but it is NOT the only indicator. I look at these photos and on the right is someone who is healthy, happy, confident, and those are the things that I strive for. Those are what will make your progress meaningful, not the number on the damn scale 👊🏼 #screwthescale #gainingweightiscool
A little flashback Friday action for you. This caption will be long and won't fit, so if you'd like to read please find the rest in the comment section....The left side was me at the start of the peak of my career. My first proper fashion week where I was actually the size I needed to be. I was booking amazing shows that one never thinks they actually could, walking with girls who I once looked up to, it was a serious adrenaline rush...but after fainting one night in my apt whilst preparing one of my very low cal meals (I think it was 20 pieces of steamed edamame if I remember correctly), I called it quits with the diet and workout regime I was put on and decided I could do it on my own. I thought to myself, I can still be this thin, but I'll just eat a little more so I don't feel so horrible. Well, eating a little more turned into eating nearly a bag full of almonds, which then turned into eating full size meals, which then turned into a full blown binge. I was craving every single food you could imagine and I was giving in to every craving even though I knew this was such an important time in my career. I made it through NYFW okay, no one had noticed any weight gain, but by the time I had gotten the LFW I could see the pounds starting to show both in the mirror and on the measuring tape, but I kept quiet obviously not wanting to sabotage myself. I found myself going to the grocery store and picking up raw vegetables to try and make up for the near two week binge I had in NY, but I didn't see any weight coming off no matter how "healthy" I was eating and no matter how many workouts I fit in. MFW came and I knew I was bigger and by bigger I mean a 35.5in hip rather than the 34.5in hip I started with in NY, I played it cool and just pretended everything was normal. I did end up booking shows, Dolce & Gabbana being one of them. Which I afterwards received online criticism about my thighs looking fat...Anyways PFW came about, and I found it impossible to resist those chocolate croissants 🙊 I went on many a casting with one exclusive option being on my schedule, but after meeting the client I knew the reason for me not nailing the gig, my size...
#tranformationtuesday . Haven't done one of these in a 🔥 minute! 1. First off I want to say #gainingweightiscool these two picture are 3 years apart. 2. #screwthescale a simple number does not define who I am?! The picture on the left I weighed 115, the picture on the right which is my current weight of 140. Do I care that I'm 25 pounds heavier than what I was before? NOT ONE BIT. I am stronger, healthier, and all around happier. 3. Why do people think that a number is going to bring them happiness? I know I wanted sooooooo badly to be 115 for so long and when I was above that I was so angry with myself. WHY?! ITS JUST A NUMBER!! I'm not letting a simple number justify MY happiness and neither should you! 4. Instead of weighing yourself to see if you are making progress...TAKE PICTURES! They are so much better because you can physically see the difference. I see a huge difference in my arms and legs and I'm damn proud of that. Be proud of how far you've come and give yourself a compliment every once in awhile it's good for the soul ✌🏼✨🌞💛🦋
2014- unhealthy. 2015- unhealthy. 2017- HEALTHY🖤 My #transformationtuesday as real as it comes. I usually cut out the bikini part of my journey, because Idk why but I feel kinda embarrassed. Thats not because of the sport it's self, I have a lot of respect for people who do it, but more because when somebody with a current or past eating disorder approaches me for comp prep- I immediately turn them away, but... I did it myself🤦🏼♀️. I went from anorexia, to recovered, to back into, what I'd describe as a more controlled eating disorder. I'm 2014 and 2015 I had an obsession. Obsession with food, exercise and my body. I thought I was of optimum health while competing. But there is nothing more unhealthy than putting so much stress on the body and mind to be low body fat %. I lost my periods, my hair fell out, and I was super emotional. My journey as a whole is what taught me a huge lesson on health. I realised that health isn't a number on the scale, nor how lean you are. Health is feeling energised. Fuelling your body with nourishing food and exercising regularly. It's having a healthy outlook on fitness and not letting it consume your life. It's having your hormones regulating properly. Healthy is when you're functioning at your best in all areas of your life🙆🏼 Don't loose the meaning of health, while trying to be healthy 🤦🏼♀️🖤 #transformation#selflovein6#annorexia#bikinicompetitor#recover#fitfam
My transformation *January 2016->Recent (2017) A HUGE 50-60pound difference (85->140lbs) 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼FOOD IS FUEL! In the past I struggled with restriction for many years! Looking back I laugh, I will never understand how I ever convinced myself that being "thin" would bring happiness and help me feel like I would be accepted. Little did I know that lifting weights, not killing my body with HOURS of cardio everyday and eating enough would get me to the body I had ALWAYS wanted. Most importantly lifting has gotten me to live my dream of just being HAPPY and HEALTHY! 😀I've completely turned my life around and found that FOOD IS KEY to success for getting stronger, building muscles, and becoming healthier overall. I hope to show everyone that IT IS POSSIBLE TO ACHEIVE ANYTHING! Make a list of your goals, NO EXCUSES! Just go, start working for them! Send me a message with any questions, I want to help everyone achieve their goals because you're all amazing and so worthy of being fit and happy 😊 #transformation
Hey babes! It's been a while since I introduced myself and a lot of you have asked about my personal story. So here goes... My name is Allie. I'm a mommy to two cute toe-heads and a pup, wifey to my high school sweet heart and lover of the beach. As you can tell, I spend a LOT of time in swimwear, confidently living in my size 16/18 body. But it hasn't always been this way. I spent most of my adolescence as an overweight, shy teen trying to avoid any situation that pushed me outside my comfort zone or put me in front of people. I worked desperately hard to lose weight at the age of 14, when I began my first diets, restricted eating and over exercising habits. I equated happiness to thinness. That once I was able to fit into hollister jeans I'd be the popular outgoing girl I thought I wanted to be. For 12 years I spent my existence completely consumed by my size. Fluctuating 100 pounds over the decade. Constantly comparing myself to others and never feeling enough or worthy. Even as a size 2/4 on my wedding and honeymoon, I could only see my perceived flaws. After the birth of my daughter in 2012 I had visions of her growing up and looking exactly like me. I verbally said that I wished that she wouldn't look like me. And at that moment I realized that I needed to change...not only for myself, but for my entire family- especially my children. And so I took the first steps to trying to find myself again, uncover my purpose, and retrain my mind to see beauty instead of imperfection. Over the course of the next 3 years I poured myself into the self help section of the book store, attended seminars, paid for expensive online courses, and began my spiritual journey. I constantly pushed myself to do exactly the things that scared me most, and the more times I immersed myself into the things I had been avoiding, it became my new normal. And one day, after seeing one too many transformation Tuesday photos of a grumpy fat woman turning into a happy thin woman, I looked back at my own journey and realized it happened to be exactly the opposite of what we are taught to believe. My hope is that these reverse transformation photos allow one person to find happiness NOW!
🤷🏻♀️WHO ARE YOU DOING THIS FOR?🤷🏻♀️ . When I put these two photos together this morning I was momentarily worried that people would see this as a #reversetransformation and I contemplated not posting it 😬 I feel like Instagram is full of images of women getting smaller/leaner/thinner and the fact is, I have gained about 3kg since starting at the gym last August. The old me probably would have picked apart the photo and worried about the comments I'd receive on it. But the truth is, I actually really love the things that have come with gaining a bit of weight..... 🏋🏻♀️I can now lift weights. As recently as January this year I struggled to squat or deadlift 40kg. Now I can squat at least 90kg and deadlift 110kg 💪🏻 🥙 I eat the food I love (within moderation 😉). Last year I tracked every single thing I ate and would get quite agitated if I was eating out and couldn't track my food. Now I eat A LOT more food and I have a better understanding of the kinds of food I need to eat and when. If I can't track a meal, my world doesn't end. And sometimes I don't even track at all 😱 #foodislife 🏋🏻♀️ I enjoy my training. At one point last year I tried to take up running to get leaner. My knee hated it and it just wasn't enjoyable. I had to force myself to do it. The fact is, you are much more likely to stick with something that you love doing. By lifting weight and doing occasional cardio, I've found a sustainable way of training that allows me to eat the foods I like, increase my strength and maintain a healthy weight. It's ok to change your goals. It's ok to try different ways of eating and exercising until you find a way that is sustainable and makes you happy. I can admit that I did things that didn't work for me or weren't the healthiest in the past because I saw someone else doing it. Just remember that you are doing this for you and no one else. So if you don't want to run, then don't run. If you don't want to eat kale or quinoa, don't eat it! If you don't want to track your food, then please don't! Again - you are doing this for you. ❤️ (@lifebypi Carlos makes a cameo again 😘) . . #screwthescale
Can I be cringe and say I got emotional when I compared these two photos lol 😄 A massive #throwbackthursday to 2015 when I underate, overtrained and genuinely didn't have a bloody clue. I was so unconfident in myself and had unhealthy relationships with food. I never EVER could have imagined that I'd be able to change my body (and my mindset) the way I have, genuinely 😊 I never thought that I "gave enough". I never thought I "did it right" because I wasn't training how she was.. or counting macros.. or eating *clean* enough. I messed up so many times during these 1.5 years of my fitness journey and have always been hard on myself.. but looking back, I'm sooooo proud. And I'm proud to say I'm proud 😊 You don't need to be perfect or even NEAR perfect to achieve your goals and transform you body/life. Sure, you do have to work hard. But I promise you can still mess up, eat the things you love, miss your gym sessions and be a normal human, too. Fitness and ~health~ should be a fun addition to your life, rather than the whole of it. If you take one thing from this caption, its that you only have to eat kale if you like it lol. Fitness looks different on everyone and I swear to god if I can do it, so can you!!!!! I promise (cos I am legit the queen of sleep, carbs, and general laziness) Much love ❤️ #transformation (ps I'm 5'5)
Let me tell you a little tale regarding the selfies pictured here. In the words of Nicki Minaj, I was "feelin' myself" in the photo on the right, despite being in Texas and having eaten more food than is humanly necessary. But hey, it was a holiday, and I was enjoying myself. Life isn't about restricting. ✖️ It's taken me a longggg time, but I like how my shape is developing. 🍑 I like how womanly I'm starting to look. I like how my boobs and thighs are getting bigger, which I never thought I'd say. 💪🏼 I don't want to look like that miserable girl on the left, whose gums were always bleeding, hair was falling out, periods didn't come etc. ☹️ So anyway, I posted that "feelin' myself" photo & carried on with my day. A couple of days later, I was sent an article that had been written about me with that selfie included. The article itself was very nice, as is the girl who wrote it (she frequently writes about body positivity)... but then I made the mistake of viewing the comments. 🙄🙄🙄 In a nutshell, I was described as "fat", "ugly", "arrogant" and "not model material". One person said I should go and work in porn because that's all I was good for. 💔 I just began sobbing at Austin Airport, which was a bit embarrassing, but it was a reflection of how I felt inside. MORTIFIED. Ashamed. FAT. Suddenly, all the old thoughts & feelings I felt in the left photo came rushing back, like how I should stop eating for the rest of the day, or start over exercising to compensate. 😢 But then a random lady came over to me and gave me a hug out of the blue. Like those dickheads on the internet, she was a total stranger, but she decided to show me kindness, despite not knowing me or why I was crying. ❤️ I suddenly realised that my worth wasn't representative of some mean trolls on the internet. It's taken my years, but I LIKE MY BODY & MY SHAPE. I'm finally healthy 🎉 My body isn't validated by anyone else's views of me. And neither is yours! ✌🏼 Be kind to other girls online. You never know how your words may affect someone. 💕 #bodypositive #curves #iamallwoman
"Wait so you just decided to RUIN your body?" Nah, I just stopped torturing myself every day for not fitting an image I was never supposed to be. · "But you look so much healthier to me before." That's funny, you looked so much more intelligent to me before you equated health with weight and forgot that mental health is health too. · "You could have stayed the same and loved your body, you didn't need to get fat." I could have stayed the same and spiralled back into the eating disorder that almost killed me when I was 15. I could have kept starving myself and obsessively working out for hours everyday but it never would have lead me to self love. No matter how much weight I lost there was always still something to hate. And sure, people don't NEED to gain weight to find their self love, this is just what my body needed to do to match up to my mental freedom. THIS IS MY HAPPY BODY. · "But surely you can't be happy looking like that now, I could never be happy in that body." I didn't think I could either, but as it turns out, happiness isn't a size. And I wasted far too many years believing that it was. Now I'm not going to stop letting people know that they deserve happiness exactly as they are. They deserve to live now, not 10 pounds from now. They deserve that mental freedom. So to every person reading this: I hope you get your freedom too, however it might look. I'll be cheering you on every step of the way. 💜💙💚🌈🌞 P.s. these are all comments I received on my last before/after picture, luckily for me, they just make me want to keep going even more 👊
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