Woman Shares A Photo Of Her 'Bikini Body,' Empowering Herself And Others

"This is a body that has been called..."

Meet Molly Galbraith.

Not only is Galbraith a pretty bada*s lady, but she's also the co-founder of Girls Gone Strong, an online personal training website for women. 

On January 1, she decided to kickstart the year by making a kind of anti-New Years Resolution by sharing a Facebook photo of herself in a bikini, along with a super empowering caption. The photo quickly went viral, and when you read Galbraith's words, you'll understand why. 

"This is my body," Galbraith writes on Facebook. " This is 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."

"And today? 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."

Well put, lady. What a perfect reminder to love ourselves and our bodies, despite the opinions of others.

After all the perfect bikini body is one that we cherish ourselves. 

(H/T: Hello Giggles)