90 Day Fiance star Steven Frend was hospitalized earlier this month after a serious accident and a spinal injury.
Fortunately, he seems to be making a good recovery, and has taken other steps to work on his health.
With a pair of shirtless photos, he's revealing his recent weight gain and why that's exactly what he needed.
Steven took to Instagram and shared a before pic and an after photo of himself after increasing his weight by about 7.5%.
"Let’s face it," his caption begins. "We all know I was a moody guy."
Moody enough that his tone of voice on 90 Day Fiance set off people's fight-or-flight response.
"Over time I learned about how little I was eating," he writes. "At the time I did not realize how our eating habits affect our mood as well."
"Olga taught me that we are what we eat," he expresses.
"On the left photo (3 and half months ago) I was 145lbs," he shares.
This is the "before" photo to which he refers. He looks great -- but is he healthy?
"On the right photo," Steven writes. "I am (2 weeks ago) I am now 156lbs."
"As of today," he continues. "I can say how right she was."
Steven affirms that "eating a healthy diet is so good for us in more ways than we think."
Here is the "after" photo. While it's not a jarring change, we agree that he really does look better.
"Flash back to 3 months ago when it all started," he says. "And I realized all was wrong with my body itself"
"In Saint Petersburg," Steven narrates. "Olga took a photo of me from behind while playing with our son."
"She then showed me the photo," he continues. "And said 'Steven look, do you see what I mean?' I could see my rib outline from my back."
To be clear, he's not saying that Olga was body-shaming him.
She was genuinely concerned for him. As his wife (as opposed to a random social media follower), it's not inappropriate for her to discuss his health.
"At the moment," Steven reveals. "I realized it’s time for a big change in my lifestyle habits (slowly still realizing)."
"As a father and husband," Steven asserts. "I must be a protector to my family."
This is a little dramatic of him to say. He doesn't have to fight off wolves in, like, Maryland.
"in order for that though," he continues. "I must pick myself up and push my limits."
"My main goal is to be excellent in Calisthenics," he shares. "What is Calisthenics?"
"Calisthenics," he quotes. "Is a form of physical training focused on teaching you to master your own bodyweight using minimal equipment.”
"For a better understanding," Steven suggests. "Just look at @dominik_sky his page is amazing as he practices it daily."
He refers to the Instagram page of a super ripped dude who shares plenty of his workouts.
"Soon," Steven announces. "I will be creating workout videos of my progress."
He continues: "but I feel that it’s too soon to do so since I’m still a beginner."
"And," he acknowledges. "This takes a lot of time and patience."
It's very wise and healthy that Steven has a sense of perspective that tells him that he's not yet qualified to give out advice on the subject.
That said, we think that plenty of 90 Day Fiance fans would be interested to watch his transformation from twink to twunk in real time.
(Note: we're not making an assertion about Steven's sexuality; those terms are just very useful bodytype descriptors)
He should of course do whatever makes him most comfortable, but his followers might like seeing him just getting started.
Watching someone struggle with a new workout routine but perservere can be very helpful to people who are just starting.
Regardless, it's so encouraging to hear that Steven's mood is improving.
And, of course, it's great to see how much he has recovered after his scary accident.