“The 5’2, 105 lb girl on the left was strong, but she was just barely surviving. She worked out, counted macros and limited her food to 1400-1500 calories/day, and thought strict discipline equaled happiness.

2 years later, I finally leaned into eating more, gaining weight, and being okay with wearing bigger-sized clothing. I finally bought clothes that fit the girl on the right.

The girl on the right is strong and happy.
She eats well and loves fruit and eating carbs.
She loves dark chocolate.
She’ll eat a pancake with sprinkles alongside her eggs and veggies.
She menstruates.
She can actually sleep through the night.
She eats 2000+ calories a day.
She uses her 118 pounds to workout 4x/week.
She takes this energy to serve a demanding job as an ICU nurse and conquer (let’s be real, survive) grad school.

I had to realize that moving up in clothing sizes and that the scale going up didn’t mean failure. It does not mean I am letting myself go. I am healthier than I’ve ever been and now blessing this body with clothes that fit and make me feel good in my skin.

I am grateful for the @paragontrainingmethods community and workouts that support women being strong and well-fed, and I am so honored to now be one of them ???

Paragon Member Lisa R
@lisa_reichardt

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