I have been a member at the gym for over 5 years now. And tbh the first few years I wasn't well educated. I went to workout and get a good sweat on, but never really focused on my eating. Although, I always made exercise and the gym a priority my whole life. I am STILL leaning what works best for my body and how to improve - there is always room for improvement. It has taken me years to learn how to properly put on muscle mass/burn fat and still maintain the muscle I have. Years of learning about nutrition and how important each food group is for the body. Leaning about how exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. If you do not focus on one or the other, then you probably won't see many changes. There are always new things to learn about in the fitness industry! Fitness is not easy and it never will be! It takes a lot of dedication, discipline, and learning!!!! Leaning what works best for you, because not one body is made the same and everyone's body reacts differently to things. One thing might work amazing for someone and it might not for you (ex: intuitive eating vs. if it fits your macros) If this were easy then everyone would do it!!!!
These pictures are almost 3 years apart. Neither body shape is better than the other - just one is closer to the goals I have in mind. Closer to finding what works for me. It has taken A LOT of time to learn what works best for my body and my mind, and I am still trying new things to see what works best!!! There are a million of ways to do things, so give it time, try it all out, and you will figure it out. It is important to be mentally happy during this whole journey and I am finally finding that balance that works for ME. Never compare yourself to anyone because for all you know they're on year 5 of their fitness journey and you're only on day 1!!!!!! Focus on you and only push yourself to be better than you were the day before, not better than any one else.
This transformation just goes to show that it takes TIME to put on muscle. I didn't even realize how big the difference in my legs is until I looked at these photos side by side. Stay consistent and you WILL 100% reach the goals that you are chasing after.