A former bodybuilder and fitness blogger has gone viral for all the right reasons after she uploaded an inspirational picture and message online.
Molly Galbraith shared the image of her in her underwear, doing makeup in the mirror to share her take on how people should view their bodies.
The fitness enthusiast believes that it isn’t about ’embracing flaws’ but instead changing the way we look at ourselves entirely.
32-year-old Molly explained in the post:
I’m NOT embracing my flaws in 2017.
Why? Because I’m not the one who decided they were flaws to begin with.
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…
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.
So, instead of embracing what someone else determined to be a flaw of mine, I choose to embrace my whole, flawless body.
[NEW POST – LIVE LINK IN PROFILE] I used to be 10-15 pounds lighter. I used to have a ripped six-pack all the time. I used to squat 275 pounds and deadlift 341 pounds. I used to bang out 9 pull-ups no problem. I used to not have food sensitivities. I used to not have thyroid disease and PCOS. I used to not have to deal with chronic pain. I used to not have to battle with fatigue. Used to. Used to. Used to. My life and my body used to be a lot different than it is today. The funny thing is, I love my body and my life and I treasure myself way more than I "used to." How? By letting go of what used to be. In this article my good friend and @thegirlsgonestrong advisory board member @negharfonooni talks about how she let go of "used to" and started appreciating what she has today. I have a feeling this will resonate with a lot of my trainer friends who have been in the game for a while, and my friends who trained/competed at a high level in their respective sport.
Molly has a long history of sending out body positive messages, and considering the range of physiques she has previously worked to achieve she is probably a decent authority to talk on the topic.
It really is a matter of perspective…
My body has a story, and only I get to decide what that story means. # This is my belly. # To some of you, this belly may tell a story of failure, inconsistency, and regret. To others it may tell a story of dedication, determination, health, and strength. # To me, this belly tells the story of my life over the last 12 years. # This is my belly in 2004 when I was eating fast food 4 times a day, not working out, and not taking care of my inside or my outside. # This is my belly in 2006 when I was running myself into the ground, desperately trying to get lean so I could compete in figure and be "in fitness." # This is my belly in 2008 after I finally healed from my last two figure competitions, and decided to push my body to do another. # I don't have pictures that of my belly (that I know of) between 2009 and 2010 when I was battling Hashimoto's, PCOS, and Adrenal Dysfunction, probably because I didn't want it captured on camera. (Although I do have a picture of how bloated I was when dealing with major food sensitivities around this time.) # This is my belly in 2011 after I finally felt that my body was "worthy enough" to take belly pictures again. # This is my belly in 2013 after dealing with the death of my Father, the ending of my 6 year relationship, and a year of chronic back pain. # This is my belly in 2015 after years of working on a moderate approach to eating, a consistent and intuitive approach to lifting, and a compassionate approach to self-care. # I don't know what my belly will look like in 2016, 2017, or 2036 for that matter. # But the thing is, I'm not afraid of what it will look like, because it will be MY BELLY, MY BODY, MY BUSINESS, and MY STORY TO TELL. # My body has a story, and only I get to decide what that story means. # Thanks to much to my love @negharfonooni for inspiring this post with her body's story. You can see more here: # ====> http://bit.ly/MyBodyHasAStory What is your body's story? #GirlsGoneStrong #GGS #MyStory #MyBodyHasAStory #Mindset #Perspective
So if you do work out religiously, do it because you love your body, not because you hate it.
Way to go Molly, keep spreading the good word!
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.