Transforming from a Lean Bean to a Shredded Machine!

Hey all you amazing Boss Babes! Today I decided it was time I tell you guys a little bit about myself and my transformation and how I got to be where I'Am today...

I started competitive swimming when I was eight years old and swam until I was 17. Swimming was basically my whole life for so long however it really did start to take a toll on my body both physically and mentally. I would come home after swimming and just be completely exhausted and not be able to even think about anything else but sleeping. The thing that bothered me the most was that for years and years I struggled with gaining weight so much that even gaining five pounds was HUGE for me.

The funny thing is that I ate EVERYTHING. Seriously when I say everything, I mean everything in sight. But because of my insanely high metabolism (which I do not complain about!) I just could not put on weight and for me it was affecting me mentally more than ever. I hated the way I looked which resulted in me never wanting to do anything or go anywhere or wear certain things because I felt so poorly about myself. So I decided to start lifting weights about a year and a half ago with my mom since she used to be a figure competitor in IDFA! I wasn't sure if I wanted to fully commit into the gym because I knew I had so much going on at the time, but after a few months I was able to find that balance because I knew how badly I wanted to succeed in making myself feel better and more confident in my own skin. At first I was pretty overwhelmed because I wanted to see results quicker than I was but I knew I had to take a step back and remember that it takes time and lots of dedication.

I started scheduling in times to go workout even if it was only for 45 minutes and after two months I really started to see some results. My overall body image was starting to change into what I wanted it to look like which really boosted my confidence and made going to the gym really fun! Now, after a year and a half I'm 152 pounds and I could not be happier with where I Am.  

Basically what I'm trying to say babes is it takes time and effort to become what you want to become. I didn't realize I wanted to be muscular and soon compete until  I was 17. And ladies it's not going to happen overnight it takes time and constant reassurance from yourself that you can achieve your goals no matter what comes your way or who tries to stop you. Anybody can do it that's 100% a fact. It took me forever to figure out what I wanted and how I was going to actually achieve the goals I set for myself but with patience and motivation I was able to become what I Am today. I truly believe that if you set your mind to something and continuously try to better yourself you will be successful. 

So get out there and be a better you. It may take time but focus on yourself and what you want to do to be amazing. Write down on a big piece of paper in huge letters a few goals that you want to accomplish in the next few months or even years and put it somewhere that you will see every single day whether it is up on your wall by your bed or even on your way out by the front door. All of you can do this. I believe in each and every one of you that you are capable of achieving greatness because trust me when you do, you won't ever want to stop. It's the most amazing feeling in the world knowing all that hard work paid off. 

And like the quote of the week says.... 

What would you attempt if you knew you would not fail? 

Written by: Lauren Hedley 

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