I am not “thick”, “fluffy” or “curvy”. I refuse to put these labels on my body. These labels give us positive or negative associations with our bodies, when neither should really exist. Your body is just your body. It isn’t good or bad. It just is. — My priorities this past month have not been the gym or dieting. My life is kind of crazy right now and my priorities were elsewhere. So am I a few lbs up from where I’d like to be? Yeah. But do I regret those lbs? Nope. — Stop labeling your body. 🙅🏻 it’s just your fucking body, it doesn’t make up who you are. 💕
A post shared by Kaila Narum (@kainarum) on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:19am PDT
In the journey toward accepting our bodies, we may lovingly refer to ourselves as “thick,” “big-boned,” “curvy,” or “voluptuous.” But Kaila Narum thinks these labels can come with positive or negative connotations and make us feel a certain way – good or bad – about our bodies. Kaila is all about promoting self-love and says, “Your body is just your body. It isn’t good or bad. It just is.” She encourages you to “Stop labeling your body,” because “it doesn’t make up who you are. 💕”
We can definitely see how even a label that’s meant to be sweet or endearing can actually promote a bad body image, because it brings too much attention to what our bodies look like. Do you agree?
When puberty and Weight lifting Strikes! 💣 18 ➡️ 21. ME vs ME. Stop wasting time comparing yourself to this girl and that girl on social media. Stay focused on YOUR journey and you will be surprised what you can get! You’ve got this. 💕 #NoButtVsButt #Yaaas #ButWhyDoesMyHairGrowSlow (Even I’m hard on myself sometimes and wonder “why am I not changing from my hard work” but when you put these photos side by side and it is 4 months short of a 3 year transformation, I see how silly I am. Even I have to remind myself!) BUILD YOUR CURVES ~ BUILD YOUR STRENGTH ~ LOVE YOURSELF.
A post shared by Nichole Freeman (@nicholefreedom) on Apr 20, 2017 at 5:29pm PDT
As women, we have grown up learning to compare ourselves to other women we see – mostly those in magazines, TV, and other media – but also to the women we know. We say things like, “I wish my thighs were as thin as hers,” or “I wish I had her firm butt,” or “she doesn’t have a flabby belly like mine.”
We beat ourselves up because we don’t look like so-and-so, but guess what?! We shouldn’t! We are our own unique, glorious, individual selves, and we love the message posted by Nichole Freeman that says, “Stop wasting time comparing yourself to this girl and that girl on social media. Stay focused on YOUR journey and you will be surprised what you can get!”
It’s so true. The only person you should compare yourself to is you, and you should always strive to be your best self, which probably looks way different than everyone else’s. Just remember to always be kind to yourself, celebrate when you reach your goals (no matter how small), and accept the ups and downs you may have on your journey to a more awesome you.
I ain’t afraid of no pizza ☝️seriously I have all the feels rn and here’s why. What if I told you that gaining weight is OKAY? The picture on the left is from two years ago, 151 lbs. the picture on the right is from two minutes ago, 151 lbs. the third pictures are both from today! Please don’t be offended by this I’m just proving a point! For the longest time I’ve been so petrified of the scale, I was gaining weight and refused to look 👀 luckily I have the worlds strongest support system including my friends, my boyfriend, and people I’ve met through fitness that help me realize that numbers are so relative!! @hillon_dassett snapped some sense into me when I freaked about the weight I’ve gained. But the 151 lb girl on the left who spent hours running on the track, starving, yo-yo dieting, overeating, self-consciously looking in the mirror at all times- is NOT the woman I am today. I refuse to count myself out of having fun and enjoying my 20’s and more importantly skip out on family vacations. F*ck that!! I enjoy training and weight-lifting just as much as I love how I look right now. Just because I’m always training does not mean I’m trying to “cut” for a show. Here’s to big booties and even bigger hearts 💕 ☝️🍑🙏
A post shared by emsowers (@emsowers) on Apr 20, 2017 at 7:28am PDT
For anyone who’s tried to lose weight through exercise only to not lose a pound or even gain weight will relate to these before-and-after pics. Emily Sowers, a bikini competitor shares, “The picture on the left is from two years ago, 151 lbs. the picture on the right is from two minutes ago, 151 lbs.”
Two years ago, Emily was so obsessed with weighing herself and “spent hours running on the track, starving, yo-yo dieting, overeating, self-consciously looking in the mirror at all times.” And with the help of her support system she’s finally come to terms with it being OK to enjoy herself and even gain weight – “numbers are so relative!!” Plus there are plenty of ways to determine your progress on the healthy path that have nothing to do with the scale. Now she says, “I enjoy training and weight-lifting just as much as I love how I look right now.” She closes with, “Here’s to big booties and even bigger hearts 💕”