How I used to run VS how I run now:
Running for me used to be a form of punishment. It was punishment for eating the things I wasn't supposed to, and eventually just for eating at all. I would never allow myself a break, and never allow myself to run less than I did the day before, because that was slacking, lazy and would make me gain weight. I ran myself nearly to death, started getting stress fractures on my bones and tortured myself by forcing myself to do something I absolutely hated. I would get up at ungodly times of the morning just to ensure I ran, I lost sleep, caused fights, endangered myself and was stuck in a cyclone of self hate and self damage.
TODAY: I run because it's something I've come to enjoy doing and can incorporate it into my fitness lifestyle in a healthy way, and not overdo it like I was always prone to. I enjoy pushing myself and my body and noticing the changes in speed and fitness as time passes. I use it to clear my mind and reach my goals. It's refreshing to wake up and go for a run with the early morning sun turning you brown and knowing that it will never be something that can ever destroy my life again 🏃✔
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