This Woman Credits Her Dramatic Weight-Loss Transformation to Changing Why She Exercises

Emily Ricketts were built with a major weight loss transformation, but she would like her followers to understand it didn\’t come from a place of self-hatred. Quite contrary: Ricketts says that it had been understanding how to love her body that sparked the dramatic change.

In a before-and-after Instagram post, Ricketts explained that there was another distinction between the two photos other than weight reduction. She wrote that in the earlier photo, she was fueled by hate, while in the recent photo she was motivated by love. \”Love gets you up at 6am for that workout not because you\’ll feel below par if you don\’t but because you\’ll feel damn good should you choose,\” she wrote. \”Love let\’s you enjoy food without guilt. Love does not have a size. It isn\’t a number-on the size, inside your jeans. It is a feeling, a mindset, a reason. Hate? That gets you nowhere.\”

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I did not do this because I hated my body – Used to do it since i love it. If you love something, you appear after it. You want the very best for this – and also you would like it to feel it is best. – On the left I was fuelled by hatred. Exercise was punishment and food was earned. Around the right, I\’m fuelled by love. Love gets you up at 6am for that workout not because you\’ll feel bad if you do not but because you\’ll feel damn good if you do. Love let\’s you like food without guilt. Love doesn\’t have a size. It isn\’t several – around the scale, in your jeans. It is a feeling, a mindset, a reason. Hate? That will get you nowhere.

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In an early on post, Ricketts revealed that shifting her mindset from planning to be skinny to planning to be strong also helped. \”The secret? I\’ve stopped using food in exchange and use like a punishment,\” she wrote within the caption. \”I challenge and cherish my body in equal measures. Sometimes out since it makes me feel GOOD, not because it\’ll make me feel BAD if I don\’t.\” (Here are 15 more transformations which will keep you going to start lifting weights.)

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I wish to be SKINNY vs. I want to be STRONG. ???? – Yes, there is a big difference in looks – there is however an even bigger difference in mindset. The secret? I\’ve stopped using food in exchange and use as a punishment. I challenge and cherish my body in equal measures. I workout since it makes me feel GOOD, not because it\’ll make me feel below par basically don\’t. And ultimately, I actually do everything because I LOVE my body system, not because I HATE it. ????

A post shared by Emily Ricketts (@emrickettz) on Dec 4, 2018 at 12:46pm PST

As Ricketts\’ photos suggest, there\’s often more to a #transformationtuesday post than you would think. (Same goes for Anna Victoria\’s 5-year transformation and Katie Willcox\’s \”freshman 25\” photo) No matter your weight-loss goals, for anybody looking to get started on any adverse health journey in 2019, Ricketts\’ advice is solid. Beginning with a place of self-love, instead of self-hate, and dealing out to feel good (instead of torturing yourself with classes you loathe) is always what you want within our book.

This article originally appeared on Shape.com

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