Fitness queen Kayla Itsines is no stranger to sharing incredible body transformations on Instagram. But this time, she’s turning the camera on herself.
The fitness guru has opened up about her own personal success story, and while the results are undoubtedly subtle, they’re still pretty darn impressive.
“To be completely honest I don’t have a transformation story or photo, but instead I have posted above a progress photo showing change in my body over the last few months,” she captioned the side-by-side shot.
“As some of you know, at the start of the year I lost one of my dogs. Now to some of you this may not seem like a big thing, but I was honestly so upset I didn’t really know how to deal with this.”
The 26-year-old went on to explain that her grief left her feeling tired and unmotivated. She still ate well, but for a period of time she basically stopped exercising because she felt “too sad about what had just happened.”
It wasn’t until she took the time to reflect on where she was at with her mental health that she knew she had to make a change.
“One day I was sitting at home and thought looking back at the year so far, I’m not going to do this to myself. So I started my new #bbgstronger program to prove to myself that I could keep going.”
She went on to complete the 12week program missing barely any sessions.
“I got stronger in every way possible and I know little TJ would be proud of me,” she continued.
“There’s nothing wrong with how I looked before, but mentally I was in a bad place as a result of some sadness in my life.”
Today, Kayla feels stronger on the inside, which in turn made her “stronger on the outside.”
“Girls, this is a good reminder that we are all human, we all have ups and downs,” she added. “But as you know it is how we get up once we are down that truly shows our character.”
“How you think and feel has such a huge impact on your life and sometimes it only takes one step in the right direction to change everything.”