The world has come a long way in terms of gender equality, but it is still a tough world for women out there. When it comes to their bodies, women are subjected to even more pressure. The media has all these stereotypes that leave women feeling insecure about their bodies.
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Molly Galbraith is the co-founder of Girls Gone Strong, which is an online fitness community made by women for women. She realized that it’s hard for women to be content with their bodies, so for a New Year’s resolution she decided to do something unusual. She posted a picture of her body the way it really is.
She posted the photo on her Facebook page and wrote the following words for all to see.
“This is my body.
This not a before picture.
This is not an after picture.
This just happens to be what my body looks like on a random Tuesday in December of 2015— it’s a LIFE picture.
This is a body that loves protein and vegetables and queso and ice cream.
This is a body that loves bent presses and pull-ups and deadlifts and sleep.
This is a body that has been abused with fast food and late nights and stress.
This is a body that has been pushed to the brink of leanness in figure competitions and maximum strength in powerlifting meets.
This is a body that begged for mercy when it was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and PCOS.
This is a body that has been called:
– too fat
– too thin
– too masculine
– too strong
– too weak
– too big
– too skinny
. . . all within the same week.
This body has been publicly evaluated, judged, and criticized, and those judgments have been used to determine my level of skill as a coach and a trainer, and my worth as a person, both positively and negatively.
Some people say they would ‘kill to have this body.’
Others say they would ‘kill themselves if they had this body.’
(Yes, unfortunately that’s actually a thing humans say to one another.)
This is a body that I spent too much time, energy, and mental space wishing would look differently.
Today this is a body that is loved, adored, and cherished by the only person whose opinion matters—ME.
This is the first year in as long as I can remember that I have made NO resolutions to change the way my body looks.
This is a kind of freedom I didn’t think I’d ever experience, and it feels really, really good.”
Molly can teach everyone that it’s okay to love yourself. You need to accept yourself, flaws and all. It is important to try live a healthy life and be happy with your body even if it doesn’t fit the standard of what’s considered to be the perfect one. Each individual should be happy with what they have whether they have a bikini body or a flabby figure.