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)