Let’s be real; if anyone knows a thing or two about dishing out sound advice it’s Aussie vlogger Lauren Curtis. After all, there’s a reason she has close to 4 million subscribers on YouTube and an extra 1.5mill on Instagram.
Although it’s her beauty and makeup tips that initially catapulted her to online stardom, these days she’s pretty clued up in the world of health and wellness too.
On Tuesday, the 24-year-old took to Instagram to share an update on her fitness journey along with a before-and-after snap of herself.
“January 2017 - today! 💪🏼” she captioned the post. “I simply ate better and started working out again (I stopped for about 6 months) ✅ I have personal training with the best in the biz @renaewauhop 3 times a week at @anarchytraining and either hop on my exercise bike or go for a walk on the other days.”
“My diet still isn’t perfect,” she continued. “I believe in balance and want to enjoy food rather than restrict myself from it - but I just choose the healthier options or make my portion sizes much smaller. 🥗🍎🥑 Not only did I lose weight but I also gained a fair amount of muscle which is what I’m most proud of.”
The differences between the two pics are subtle, but as Lauren explained, it’s the huge shift in how she feels that’s of most importance.
“It’s so satisfying to barely be able to perform an exercise and then need to switch it up or increase weights because it’s become too easy,” she added. “The body is such an amazing thing and I think I just respect it more now!”
This comes just months after the WA beauty openly admitted she had been struggling with body acceptance.
“I post this picture confidently, but… I felt really down about my figure,” she penned in a post back in August.
“I don’t really know what changed from yesterday to today – but it got me thinking. When I wasn’t feeling so great about myself yesterday I tried my best to be body-positive regardless.”
To up her confidence, Lauren said she made herself reflect on all the reasons why she should love her “healthy, strong, resilient” body.
“I also remind myself that I am my own harshest critic, and in reality the things that I feel insecure about are not even remotely worth feeling insecure about,” she explained.
“I need to stop being so critical and catch myself whenever I have damaging self-talk.”