Cardio vs. Weightlifting… The difference in apperance
So here we have little old me with my first #transformation tuesday.
Since the start of my fitness journey I have come to learn many different things. Especially what works with my body.
Cardio sucks. End of story. The top picture was taken in 2012. I was approximately running 1-2 miles daily with little resistance training. And yes I lost about 20 pounds… I also began to look very sickly. I was tired too. Some days I dreaded running.
Counting like my life depended on it. I was addicted to My Fitness Pal. I counted everything that went in my mouth. SO. MANY. NUMBERS.
Scared to eat. I was terrified to have a cookie. I was eating about 1,200 or less calories a day. And starving by the time I went to bed.
In a nutshell, I was obsessed with trying to be skinny. When instead I should be focusing on becoming HEALTHY.
Now the bottom picture is where the story really speaks for itself.
I began to educate myself, research the benefits of weight-lifting vs. cardio. I still had the mentality of every “skinny girl’s” nightmare and that was I didn’t want to look like a man.
Sexy curves. I was definitely wrong about becoming bulky. Since lifting heavy (and no I don’t use those measly 5lb weights) I have built curves that never existed! I always had junk in the trunk but now I have a Booty!
The gym is your friend. I actually look forward to going to the gym! I keep track of how much weight I’ve lifted and each time I try to go heavier. I’m amazed to see what my body is capable of.
Eat to survive. Your body is an amazing thing. I no longer count calories but I eat intuitively. I keep my “diet” consistently healthy. I stick to a 80/20 diet. Most of what I eat is whole and natural foods. The 20 is when I’m feeling like eating that piece of cake! And I don’t feel bad!