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10 Times Women Proved Being Thin and Healthy Aren’t Always the Same
Megan Jayne Crabbe
Our Facebook feed is full of before-and-after photos, usually featuring people who've spent years trying to get back into shape. Though there is plenty of value and inspiration behind those images, it is important to remember that positive transformations don't always have to be about weight loss.
Case in point: This side-by-side photo of Megan Jayne Crabbe that challenged the way people view weight transformations.
Read her inspirational story here.
This viral fit mom recently opened up to her fans about her 10-pound weight gain as a result of, well, motherhood. "Like most moms, my hair is always in a bun, my life is always on the go and my fitness goals are always one of my last priorities," she said in an Instagram post.
She continued by telling her followers that it's okay to gain a few pounds, especially when your mental health is at stake. "Regardless if we have some cellulite, extra weight, extra skin or extra scars — be proud because we are constantly progressing, transforming, and aging," she said.
And we couldn't agree more.
While she was always active and healthy, Jenna Marcinkowski spent her high school days sticking to cardio when it came to fitness. It wasn't until she went to college that she picked up weight-lifting, hoping to switch-up her workout routine. Within months she went from cardio to lifting queen and has never looked back since. "I want all girls to know they can be strong. I don't want girls to feel uncomfortable in the free weight area," she told Buzzfeed. "I feel great about myself."
Pregnancy and childbirth change your body in a million ways—and Laura Mazza understands it better than anyone else. "No, this isn't a before and after shot of weight loss," she writes after sharing these two photos of herself on Facebook. One was taken before and the other after having kids.
"On the left, was my body before kids, stretch marks or scars from belly button piercings. I was always on a diet back then." She then says that even though the picture on the right shows her "stretch marks [and] a droopy belly button," she feels much happier and healthier. And at the end of the day, that's what matters most.
Read the rest of her inspiring post here.
The fitness star is letting her followers know that being thin doesn't equate to being fit and strong. In a recent Instagram post, she shared a side-by-side comparison showing her at 104 pounds when she felt "really unhealthy and unhappy" and a recent picture of herself at 132 pounds feeling, "happier, healthier, stronger and fitter."
"Exercise and eat nutritious food because you love yourself and know that you deserve to be your best," she says. "Try not to focus on being 'skinny' and just focus on your overall health — mental and physical." Preach.
After overcoming a serious eating disorder, Sarah Francati turned to fitness as a way to hold herself accountable and stay healthy. "I was so obsessed with the number on the scale," she said in an Instagram post. "I thought the lower the number the thinner, more muscular and better right? No."
Referring to her before-and-after picture, she said: "The picture on the left was from March 2016. Eating 800 calories a day, no weight lifting, strictly cardio & I am now eating intuitively, I most likely eat 1,600-2,000+ a day. I lift 5/6x a week and cardio when I feel like sweating a lil extra. I weigh more than the picture on the left and guess what? I am glad."
It took years of hard work and dedication to help this fitness and lifestyle coach understand the meaning and value of being healthy. "63 weeks between these photos," she says (referring to the images on the left). "Lifestyle change. Working hard to gain more strength lately and up my weight, which is a slow and mind boggling process. Less restrictions, less obsessive running, less binging, more self love, more strength, more living life, more confidence." Good work, Nathalie!
When you put on muscle, you put on weight—and BBG follower Charley Fisk is totally ok with that. "I'm fitter, stronger, healthier, happier and more confident," she said in an Instagram post showing off her incredible transformation. (But seriously, can we touch those abs?)
Fitness blogger Kelsey Wells posted a series of bikini snaps to her Instagram that show a pretty impressive body transformation, but it wasn't what you'd expect. In the first pic, at 145 pounds, she looks pretty great just eight weeks after giving birth. In the second, she hit her goal weight of 122 pounds. But luckily she didn't get stuck on the number. In the final snap, she's a full 18 pounds heavier with a final weigh-in of 140 pounds—and she says she's never felt better.
Read her full story here.
After a professional told her she was "skinny fat," Sloane Davis realized she would have to change her approach to fitness if she wanted the six-pack of her dreams. By incorporating more carbs into her diet and not worrying about the numbers on the scale, the 45-year-old noticed her body transform. "Over time my body definitely changed," she told PEOPLE. "Muscle takes up less space in your body, so you're able to become much leaner, smaller and tighter all around. Muscle burns more energy while resting. The more muscle you have in your body, the more energy you're burning."