Maddie Lymburner is comparing the "smallest" version of herself to the "healthiest."
In a recent Instagram reel, the 28-year-old Canadian fitness influencer took a "vulnerable" step. She shared a comparison of herself from when she was "underweight" to her current state, which she describes as the "healthiest version" of herself.
Lymburner, known for her commitment to a balanced and sustainable approach to fitness and nutrition, included powerful on-screen text that reads: "The smallest version of yourself isn't the best, the healthiest version is."
Addressing her journey in the caption, Lymburner penned, "I've gained about 25 lbs over the last few years. Some may say it's just because my 'metabolism is slowing' or I'm gaining because I'm 'just getting older.'" She emphasized her current weight is closer to that of her high school years, dispelling misconceptions about aging and weight gain.
"In my 'before' photos, I'm underweight, poorly nourished, had extreme fatigue and a host of other health issues," she admitted before sharing how proud she is of her progress.
"I'm so happy I've found balance," Lymburner penned. "I'm so much more educated about health and wellness, I've found a program that gets me the results without burning me out, I've set myself up for longterm success."
The health and fitness influencer's post garnered applause from fans for her transparency.
"This is actually so raw. Thank you for your vulnerability," a fan commented.
"Love this, Maddie. You're a huge inspiration to not only me but so many people," someone wrote. "You've helped me to see the beauty in my body at different stages."
"Strong is the new beautiful," another person weighed in.
"I'm so proud of how far you’ve come," commented another.
Last month, Lymburner shared another body-positive Instagram post, opening up about how extreme dieting made her feel "like crap."
Alongside two sets of powerful side-by-side photos of herself comparing what she looked like when she had a "strict" diet and workout regime versus when she decided to "let go," she reflected on the progress she has made. She wrote she felt hopeless.
"I had such a strict mindset when it came to food and nutrition," Lymburner recalled. "I was training hard in the gym — yet, I felt like crap." It wasn't until a few years later when the content creator realized "how unhealthy" she was being.
From that point on, Lymburner decided to "let go of the 'strictness'" surrounding her diet and began prioritizing her health by eating "well balanced meals."
She added despite giving herself room to relax, her new regime was "still balanced enough to bring the results I desired."