With 2017 upon us, many people are rethinking the way they treat their bodies. "New Year, new you," right? Fitness blogger Molly Galbraith took to Facebook to tell her followers that this year she won't be "embracing her flaws" — and maybe they shouldn't either.
The body positive moment has encouraged women and men to accept and love their flaws. And, we have to admit, we've promoted those very sentiments. But Galbraith has a different approach.
"A popular message often shared among women is to encourage each other to 'accept' or 'embrace' their flaws. These messages are well-intentioned and seen as supportive and inspiring for many women. Me? I'm NOT embracing my flaws in 2017," she wrote on Facebook. "Why? Because I'm not the one who decided they were flaws to begin with."
Instead, she plans to take a stand against the narrative that has made so many women feel bad about their bodies.
"That narrative was handed to me as a very young girl. It's a narrative that made me feel self-conscious and like I was bigger than all of the other girls. It's a narrative that made me feel ashamed of, embarrassed by, and apologetic for my body," she continued. "I agreed with this narrative for decades, and I let it run through my head like a broken record while punishing myself with intense exercise and restrictive dieting to fix those things the world told me needed fixing. Not anymore. I've realized that I simply don't agree."
Galbraith is the co-founder of nutrition and training site, Girls Gone Strong, which aims to provide women with body-positive, evidence-based health information so that they can make better decisions about their health. And, with this statements, she may just be making them feel more confident in their own skin.
Galbraith accompanied the post with a photo of herself applying mascara in a mirror while wearing a tank top and underwear that that drew attention to her thighs, stomach, and arms.
"I have cellulite on my legs, stretch marks on my hips, butt, and breasts, and some jiggle on my belly — and the world constantly wants me to believe this is not OK. But I won't subscribe to someone else's standards and ideals for MY body," she wrote. "So, instead of embracing what someone else determined to be a flaw of mine, I choose to embrace my whole, flawless body."
Don't let other people decide what flaws you have. You set the standards for what is beautiful about your body.
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