Every time a new year comes, the new year’s resolution to lose weight also comes for some people. But one woman’s realization about such decision will make you reevaluate your resolution.
Molly Galbraith, co-founder and owner of Girls Gone Strong, an online fitness guide and community “designed by women for women”, kicked off the new year by posting on Facebook a photo of her wearing a bikini
“This is my body,” Galbraith wrote in her caption. “This [is] not a before picture. This is not 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.”
In the post — which, as of writing, has over 140,000 likes, 20,000 shares, and 10,000 comments — she described experiences she’s been through with her body — diets, fitness activities, the public gaze, and even her bout with Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroid disease) and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).
“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,” she wrote.
She went on to say, “This body has been publicly 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.”
Galbraith also opened up about how others have admitted to her their envy and dislike for her body. “Some people say they would ‘kill’ to have this body. Others say they would ‘kill themselves if they had this body.’”
That said, she talked about her own struggle with her body image by saying, “This is a body that I spent too much time, energy, and mental space wishing would look differently.”
She rounded up the post with a message of self-love. “Today this is a body that is loved, adored, and cherished by the only person whose opinion matters—ME.”
She said she has made no resolution to change the way her body looks. “This is a kind of freedom I didn’t think I’d ever experience, and it feels really, really good.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Galbraith said she hoped to motivate other women to not give in to impossible beauty standards and to let them know having confidence is not a flaw.
As one pop star’s song asks: What’s wrong with being confident? Galbraith’s example shows that no, there’s nothing wrong with being confident.
Follow Molly Galbraith’s Instagram here.
[Featured image: Molly Galbraith/Instagram]