️The tattoo on my arm is fake. I have no permanent tattoos and have never had one – all tattoos you see in my photos were temporary. I wish I could share a true before photo of my back progress, but unfortunately, I don’t have one. I never took one because I never thought in a million years I would grow any upper-body muscles. I took this before photo during week 7 when I realized, “Holy crap – I think my back looks different!” My upper body has always been small, and I was always that person with bony arms that people would like to wrap their hands around and comment on how tiny they were. I was always the weakest when it came to displays of upper body strength. I remember having to do 50 push-ups for high school soccer conditioning and barely squeezing by, and then I went to college and maybe picked up a weight once. My first few weeks of BBG arms were difficult. I was always able to “attempt” a standard push-up, but that does not mean my form was great. I just kept trying, week after week. Arm day is still very difficult for me, but it has become a challenge I really enjoy. I’m telling you this because I see a lot of girls look at my videos and say, “How is it so easy for you?” It wasn’t when I started, and it isn’t now. I simply never settle for a half-ass effort. I give it my all, I do not whine, and I get it done. I have come to really love my upper body and how it looks. It’s “me” and my own unique look. I’m so proud of the definition I’ve achieved in my arms, shoulders and back. I am amazed by the things I can do – I’m not hung up on the things I can’t, yet. It’s easy for me to never compare myself to other girls who can do better push-ups or more pull-ups than me because I always focus on how far my upper body has come in the last 10 months – not on all of my shortcomings. Always remember that we are all on our own journeys toward strength and happiness, and no two are identical. It’s going to be hard. You’re going to have some bad days. You’re going to wonder sometimes if it really is making a difference. But trust me – it is. Keep trying and giving it your all. Weeks from now you’ll look back and be amazed by how far you’ve come.
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