Stop comparing yourself

The left photo was after my first year in college. I had gained 20 lbs in a short amount of time from lack of exercise, a poor diet, and not enough sleep.
I took that photo, sent it to my email and deleted it from my phone. That's when my journey to a healthier lifestyle began and I never looked back. 
I worked out, lifted heavy, and ate intuitively for a couple years before deciding to do my first bikini competition in 2016. 
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The middle photo is 1 day out from one of my shows. As most of you know, dieting for a bikini comp is very rigorous. I dieted for 16 weeks, literally tracked everything that went into my mouth, I worked out 6 days a week, and 2 cardio sessions a day. There's no option to skip the gym. 
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A lot of people want to look like the middle photo, but what they don't put into perspective what it takes. It's also completely unrealistic for any regular person. To be honest, you don't really want to either. It was very time consuming, I had to take a nap every day, I was hungry, and my patience wasn't the best. 
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The right photo is currently. I’ve found my “balance” where I’m healthiest and feel good. I workout about 5 days a week, I do light intensity cardio here and there just for good health, 1 or 2 "cheat meals" a week, and I eat intuitively. I actually haven't tracked a macro since June. BUT I've also spent years tracking macros so although I'm not tracking, I subconsciously am tracking in my head to make sure i'm getting enough protein, fiber, and healthy fats in. 
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This is just a reminder that you don’t have to go to extremes to achieve your goals. With proper guidance, training, and nutrition you can have that “balance”. 🙏🏼

taylor summer