Photo: Anna Victoria/Instagram
This story originally appeared on People.com by Julie Mazziotta.
In 11 years, Anna Victoria completely transformed her body — and she has the pictures to prove it. But incredibly, her weight has only shifted by 5 lbs.
The fitness influencer, 30, joined in on the popular ten year challenge, which has social media users sharing photos of themselves now and a decade earlier. Victoria cheated a little and shared a photo from 11 years earlier, but it was worth it to show how much she’s changed.
“Does anyone else look back and feel like periods of time in your life were another life entirely?” she asked on Instagram.
Victoria said that in the photo from 2007, where she’s dressed in a bikini and holding up a friend for a keg stand, she wasn’t healthy.
“Before: partied (clearly), ate only fast food, wouldn’t step foot in a gym, drank almost no water, had trouble sleeping, had digestive and GI issues from poor eating habits,” she wrote.
When I first started my journey, there’s no way I ever would’ve imagined I’d still be here. I was the LAST person my friends would’ve caught in the gym or eating healthy. In fact, I hid my journey for the first YEAR because of it. 🙈 This journey can be scary you know? Trying to work on improving your habits and not knowing whether you’re going to succeed or not... . But what I quickly realized was that no matter how much I struggled, the fact that I was trying was enough to be proud of. That was more than most could say! Especially those who are the quickest to criticize. I learned to be proud of my journey and of my struggles because it meant I was at least learning from those struggles. . I also realized that no matter how slow or how small, progress is progress! And over time small progress is going to amount to big progress! 🙌 Which is exactly what happened! My progress is not a result of overnight success. It’s days, weeks, months, years of fine tuning what works best for ME. Do you need years to see progress? No. Realistically most can see a significant change in 3-6 months with buckling down, following a regimented workout plan and meal plan. . But it shouldn’t stop there. When it becomes a lifestyle is when you’ll see changes that last. Even if you don’t envision yourself as “that person” who goes to the gym and eats healthy, there is still a place in the community for you. I was in your shoes and trust me when I say, if I can do it, YOU CAN TOO 💪 #fbggirls #fitbodyapp www.annavictoria.com/fitbodyapp
“After: enjoys a glass of wine or two here and there, eats 80/20, works out for my mental, emotional and physical health, drinks 3-4 liters of water a day, prioritizes sleep, no more digestive and GI issues (except for when I have huge cheat meals).”
Victoria said that those changes between 2007 and 2018 — things she now preaches to her 1.3 million followers — changed her life, even if they didn’t make much of a difference on the scale.
“While I didn’t have a ton of weight to lose, [and] my transformation was largely health focused, I am also proud of the physical change. And there’s only a 5 lb difference between these two photos!” she said. “But one thing I want to add and make clear is despite the differences between these two photos, I still loved myself in the 2007 photo. No matter how much I did or didn’t weigh, I never let it phase me and question my worth.”
Photo: Anna Victoria/Instagram
Victoria said that the same is true for her followers, especially if they’re comparing themselves to old photos.
“YOU deserve to love yourself now, no matter where you are in your journey, even if you haven’t even started,” she said. “Please know that now and always.”
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