It’s been a few months since I’ve shared my story and with the thousands of new friends on here, I figured now is as good a time as ever. I want to preface this post by saying this is MY story and based on MY feelings of how I FELT about myself. These are facts from my experiences that I am willing to put on social media simply to pay it forward. This is supposed to inspire change, not inflict comparison so if your mind starts to go there, stop it! That’s not my intentions. If my coach hadn’t done this very act, I would never be here today making it my life’s work sharing my passion for health, fitness, wellness and everything in between. I know the power of paying it forward, so that’s what I intend to do! The very act of putting myself out there reminds me of how far I’ve come. Every time I have to look at that before photo I am humbled because I can literally feel the pain I was in. If we don’t remember where we came from, we can forget why we do what we do and as a human being made of flesh & blood I need that constant reminder.
I didn’t take that before photo thinking it would end up in a “before & after photo” so my face isn’t for dramatics. That was my face 24/7 before I found Beachbody home workouts, daily dense superfood nutrition and a community that made me feel good about what I was setting out to do when others didn’t understand! They made me feel like I could do this and that I NEEDED BADLY. I remember putting on that bathing suit to take this photo (a size large bottoms and a 38DD top) and the pain that came with it. Not just how ugly and fat I felt but the literal BACK PAIN I was in whenever I tried to wear a swimsuit. My obsession for bikinis in what I call my “afterlife” stems greatly from my old relationship with them. I never wore them to look cute! I wore them simply to not feel fat or looked styles that didn’t dig into my back and neck. It really really really SUCKED. I am aware that my before doesn’t seem “that big” to some but I will tell you at 25 years old, standing at 5’9″ that I fluctuated between 155-160lbs and was wearing a size XL/L in clothes and between a size 31-33 in pants. I battled terrible acne from diet and had ZERO energy to live my life to the fullest. FACT.
Today I feel alive. Simple as that. My Beachbody transformation picture isn’t to illustrate “fat loss” but let’s be honest, there’s a huge fucking change in those two people. To me, it doesn’t even look like the same person. Whether you can sympathize with my journey and relate, that’s not my choice to make. I can’t even express how bizarre it is to look at a photo of yourself and not even recognize yourself!! Some people will never understand my journey and some understand 100%!
I know you can never empathize with what it feels like to shed the shell of a past life but through wellness and a gradual lifestyle change over years of dedication and support, I have truly found the REAL TRUE me. Besides the fact I comfortably wear a 34D and XS/S tops now and slipped a size 26 on yesterday like I’ve always been this small (which still blows my mind every time I get dressed). Besides THAT HUGE change in my body structure, shape and design, I FEEL FUCKING AMAZING. My skin is CLEAR, I no longer have to cake on make up just to check the mail…I just feel FREE and all of that is just because I said “I’M SICK AND TIRED OF FEELING SICK AND TIRED” and DECIDED I was going to spend the rest of my life being the best version of me vs an “okay” version of me that honestly felt like a zombie. I feel like a freaking warrior and every day I wake up wanting to kick ass at life vs go through it. That’s what this is about but the only thing I can try to do is illustrate that with these two photos because THIS is where it all started for me.
I want this for everyone. Simple as that!! So, with that — I’m officially opening up my “why not me” group. It was at this time 5 years ago that I said “YES” to this exact type of post on Facebook and I never looked back! So why not you? What’s stopping you? I guarantee it’s yourself because I WAS that person with EVERY SINGLE EXCUSE in the book and I know it’s capable to say BYE to that person for good and do nothing but work for what you want! If this is you, send me a message with your email and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Don’t forget to “share” if this inspires you. <3 Talk to you soon.
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