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It’s understandable for fitness stars not to want followers seeing them at what they feel is less than their best, but that’s not the case for trainer, fitness author, and former Muscle & Fitness Hers cover star Jen Widerstrom.
The former Biggest Loser trainer and Diet Right for Your Personality Type author took to Instagram on Thursday to post side-by-side progress shots on the first day of a ketogenic diet challenge that she accepted via Instagram. She admitted that posting the photos was more difficult than she’d thought it would be, and that they made her realize that she could use a diet reset.
“Per my last post I said I would take on this challenge and frankly accepted it because it’s something I thought would be fun,” Widerstrom wrote, “but in looking at these photos I don’t think I realized how much I truly needed the push.”
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CONFESSION: This was a lot harder to post than I thought it would be. Per my last post I said I would take on this challenge and frankly accepted it because it's something I thought would be fun — but in looking at these photos I don't think I realized how much I truly needed the push. I've had a very chaotic six months and for the first time I visually see how that chaos is reflected in my eating habits and mental health. With a huge amount of stress along side many things to be thankful for, I have been drinking a lot, eating fast food, and to be honest been mentally checked out. To see the distention and my gut is the physical evidence that I've clearly been a been avoiding handling what I've been feeling and after knowing all of you for so long, I know you've been there too. But it stops NOW. I have the decision to shift my headspace and be better bc I know better or to go into f*ck it mode, give in and avoid what scares me longer. Well… you guys know me well enough by now to know which decision I'm going to make- and as I said last night, I'd love to have you along with me. This all makes me a little freaked out, but to know you're there makes it easier. xxMe DAY 1 of 17
In the caption, Widerstrom revealed that she’s had a stressful six months, and that they’ve taken a toll on her eating habits and mental health. Now, she said she’s at a crossroads.
“I have the decision to [either] shift my headspace and be better [because] I know better, or to go into f*ck it mode, give in, and avoid what scares me longer,” she wrote. And it’s pretty clear what she’s chosen, since she’s embarking on a 17-day keto diet challenge. She’s never tried the diet method before, and said that she’s excited to try it so she can speak on it from experience.
“I’ve never attempted a keto system before,” Widerstrom wrote on the post in which she accepted the challenge, “so I figured it was about time I ran myself through it, so I could give you all honest feedback about it.”
Widerstrom is known for being open with followers, and has taken to Instagram in the past to share photos proving that what we see on social media is a highlight reel. She’s shared everything from her least flattering angles to photos taken before she began her fitness journey, showing that anyone can decide to start living a healthy lifestyle and get fitter than ever.