Nikki Rees, 36, a fitness blogger, and a stay-at-home mother, also known as Actively Rees, has had an incredible journey. She showed her Instagram and YouTube followers that you can change your body appearance while maintaining the same weight, and still eating whatever you like. In 2015, she started an Instagram account, wanting to lose her baby weight and recorded every weekly progress since. Her transformation is not only inspirational and amazing, but it also teaches us an important lesson about diets.
After Nikki posted side-by-side photos taken two years apart on Instagram, showing her at the same weight, her fans were amazed. This is her story. In 2015, she started her Instagram account. In the course of two years, she recorded her progress weekly, taking pictures of herself instead of jumping on the scale. She never believed that her transformation would be so radical. It also built up her confidence and reset her way of thinking and living.
The fitness blogger has learned that working out and eating a balanced diet has worked for her in the best way. As a matter of fact, she didn’t avoid all treat foods, which can often lead to bingeing. For her, this transformation included eating a little bit of everything. The most important thing was the way she felt afterwards. She claims it’s important not to feel bad about it and go on working on yourself.
In a recent Instagram post, Rees shows the transformation of her body over two years, from age 34 to 36. Her secret is shocking, and it has to do with letting go of strict diets.
Let me tell you about my Food/diet/nutrition/healthy eating… whatever you want to call it. Most of you already know that I workout most days .. and that I do so at home. But I get lots of questions about how I eat because it’s not something I talk about or photograph that often. . I know It’s not what you want to hear but the reason I don’t really talk about it .. is because there’s nothing really to tell. I don’t follow a plan, I don’t count anything (not macros not calories) I don’t try to cut out food groups or stop eating carbs after 5pm.. I dont do intermittent fasting or flexible dieting or even clean eating (anymore, I did for a while in the beginning) … I still eat cake more days than not… I still drink prosecco I still can’t seem to resist stealing snacks from the kids junk food cupboard. I still love a takeaway curry… eat pizza, burger and fries and love to eat sweets… The difference between the two pictures is NOT what those foods do to my body it’s what those foods do to my head. 2 years ago eating sweets and takeaway and junk all day would send me into a downward spiral of feeling bad about myself. All that yummy food would actually fuel my EXCUSES to quit exercise, to not bother balancing the treats out with nutritious alternatives. Now these same foods (and my passion for them) fuel my AMBITION to condition my body. I know the difference between eating well and eating poorly… And if a day happens where I binge eat cake and a tub of butter .. I leave it at just that … a day that happened. It doesn’t de-rail my goals like it used to … I don’t see it as a reason to give up … but a reason to continue … I don’t workout out of guilt – I workout to be GUILT FREE. Healthy bodies start with healthy minds. So balance the food books like the intelligent rational human being your are… eat what you love every now and then And what you NEED more often than not… and on those days when it all goes horribly wrong.. as it inevitably will… just remove your face from the tub of butter… replace the lid and continue on exactly as you were.. motivated, goal orientated and #healthyAF . Love Nikki xx #transformationtuesday
In the post, she admitted she doesn’t count calories or macros. Also, she hasn’t eliminated any food, but still eats take-outs, burgers, and cake every once in a while. The crucial thing she gave up is the messy feeling after eating “forbidden” food. This also led to skipping workouts and eating more.
Now, when she eats a burger or takeout curry, “It doesn’t derail my goals like it used to,” Rees writes. “I don’t see it as a reason to give up … but a reason to continue.”
She recommends eating what you love “now and then,” and eating what you need. This refers to eating a lot of fruits, veggies, lean proteins.
“On those days when it all goes horribly wrong, as it inevitably will, just remove your face from the tub of butter, replace the lid and continue on exactly as you were…motivated, goal orientated and #healthyAF.”
It’s incredible how a person with the same weight can look totally different after being dedicated and inspired.
Here‘ a story of another fitness blogger who decided to love her body just the way it is.