Sia Cooper, a fitness blogger and personal trainer who promotes herself online as Diary of a Fit Mommy, wasn’t always so fit. While she’s now a certified personal trainer (and a mother of two young kids), she used to be overweight and consumed her fair share of alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food in her early 20s. After finally realizing how bad eating and drinking and lack of exercise was making her life miserable, she changed her habits and drastically transformed herself into the fit mommy she is today with well over half-a-million followers on social media.
People often ask why I hardly ever share any photos of me from when I was overweight prior to having children. I, just like most people, hated the way that I looked so I barely took any photos of myself. Also, sometimes it feels like a LIFETIME ago when I once struggled with fast food, soda, and alcohol. It wasn't until after my son that I really cleaned up my diet and began making exercise a priority. Prior to becoming pregnant, I dropped about 45lbs and never looked back! I loved fitness so much that I became a personal trainer to help other women to reach their goals. I am here to tell you, YOU CAN DO IT. I had no motivation, no support, NOBODY helping me out. I have created an easy at home workout guide for YOU called the Strong Body Guide. A new challenge is starting today and I would love to have you on board! When you join, you'll get access to a private Facebook group with over 500 ladies on the plan to interact with. How great is that? Check it out and allow me to help you have your best body ever: link in bio or Diaryofafitmommy.com/guides
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But in a recent post she shared on Facebook, Cooper revealed a message that few in the fitness-social-media complex seem to expose — at a certain point in time, her fitness journey perhaps went too far. “Just because you may have abs, doesn’t mean that you’re healthy,” she says.
To prove her point, she shows two photos of herself, six years and 24 pounds between them:
Just because you may have abs, doesn't mean that you're healthy. Just like standing in your garage doesn't automatically…
“The girl on the left was all about that scale,” she confesses. “That girl barely survived on her 1,200 calorie daily diet. She didn’t touch carbs or have cheat meals. Inside, she was miserable. She took healthy too far (yes that’s a thing).” And in pointing to the more current picture, she explains, “Fast forward 6 years and 2 kids later, the girl on the right is much more relaxed. She doesn’t count calories. She breastfeed (sic) two kids. She indulges often and enjoys life in moderation.”
Of course both photos reveal a visibly healthy and fit body, and the Florida-based Cooper is not shy about showing off just how fit she is in her social feeds (it’s her business, of course).
Enjoying our mini-vacation today to see my grandparents! ???? Amazing that my kids actually have great-grandparents! Traveling with this one can be awfully tough since there aren't a lot of good options at convenient stores.. and he's SO PICKY! So, packed his @kidzshake. Basically it's a protein shake packed with vitamins and minerals-just for kids! He usually has one for breakfast or as a healthy snack to help keep him full. I like knowing that even though he's picky with eating, he's getting everything he needs nutritionally! Use my coupon code SIA at checkout for 15% off @kidzshake at https://kidzshake.com
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Happy FRI-YAY! This is your daily reminder that you DO have what it takes inside of your mind and heart to accomplish ANY goal. You don't reach your goals by wishing, you reach your goals by DOING. I'm in the best shape of my life AFTER kids.. it's not because I'm lucky… it's because every single day I ask myself how badly do I want to stay fit in order to keep up with my kids or live a full life. The choice is yours to make. My job, as a certified personal trainer, is to help push you along the way. Want to join me and my #sbggirls? Click the link in your bio and grab your copy of the Strong Body Guide: 12 Week Home Workout and come join our private support group! ???? See you soon!
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Pardon the icky mirror ???? I've found my way back into meal prepping which has made me happy. I've been eating clean and testing out the meals on my new Strong Body Guide: 12 Week Meal Plan. The results speak for themselves! I'm eating six times per day and I'm never hungry, filled with energy, and I'm leaning out. To check out my new meal plan, click the link in my bio!
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But the message within, according to Cooper is “do not strive for a look. Strive for a FEELING. The gratification will last longer.”
As she told Yahoo Style & Beauty via email, “I initially created the post to show that looks can be completely deceiving. I was getting complimented on how skinny I was and how great I looked, but on the inside I was literally starving, had little energy, and was miserable back in 2011. Nowadays, I’m happier because I’m stronger since I’ve stopped counting calories. I feel more in shape now after birthing two children than when I wasn’t a mother. ”
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