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The 1 Thing I Do to Feel Confident in a Swimsuit (and It Doesn’t Involve Weight Loss)

The 1 Thing I Do to Feel Confident in a Swimsuit (and It Doesn’t Involve Weight Loss)

Bikini season is the f*cking worst. Walk by any store window display or scroll through your Instagram feed this time of year, and there’s no avoiding the onslaught of Summer, aka the season of body-image anxiety.
Living in a city that hovers around 6…

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

These Cute Cartoons Remind Us to Love Our Bodies

These Cute Cartoons Remind Us to Love Our Bodies

Loving ourselves is a daily practice, and whether it comes easily for you or not, here are some little reminders that we should send ourselves some extra love and kindness.

These 2 Gym Selfies Remind You to Stop Doing This

These 2 Gym Selfies Remind You to Stop Doing This

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?

This Is the Only Person You Should Be Comparing Yourself To

This Is the Only Person You Should Be Comparing Yourself To

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.

Why “You Look So Skinny” Is the Worst Compliment You Can Give Me

Why “You Look So Skinny” Is the Worst Compliment You Can Give Me

Four words meant to be an innocuous compliment, harmless and encouraging. Instead of filling my heart, this phrase sucks it dry.
“You look so skinny.”
I received the comment with a bright smile and an energetic nod, giving thanks and mentioning that…

Why “You Look So Skinny” Is the Worst Compliment You Can Tell Me

Why “You Look So Skinny” Is the Worst Compliment You Can Tell Me

Four words meant to be an innocuous compliment, harmless and encouraging. Instead of filling my heart, this phrase sucks it dry.
“You look so skinny.”
I received the comment with a bright smile and an energetic nod, giving thanks and mentioning that…

Since When Is Showing Your Body Considered “Brave”?

Since When Is Showing Your Body Considered “Brave”?

I love how people see me in full clothes and comment on how “skinny” I look in them in comparison to these types of photos where the comments I get “you’re so brave.” (Which I am) 🙌🙌🙌🙌 But, bravery requires an act of courage. Courage isn’t a characteristic we find in ourselves unless we are doing something out of strength, where the odds are stacked against us. You don’t tell a Victoria’s Secret model that “they’re so brave” for showing off their body or someone who is sculpted from a type of athleticism. Bravery requires an acknowledgement of fear, possibility of loss, where chances of failure are high. You don’t say “you’re so brave” when you walk to the corner store at 10 am. Your chances of survival are pretty high, the likelihood of something bad happening are slim to none. You are safe. An act of bravery requires an acknowledgement of living less safe than before. You commend firefighters for entering into a burning building and saving innocent lives from burning flames, their strength, courage and bravery are revered. I just exist. I don’t do anything technically brave. I just sit here, discuss my insecurities and get better at loving myself. It seems pretty simple right? 📈📈📈 I guess it’s not. SEE. 🚫WEVE MADE OUR BODIES AN UNSAFE PLACE TO EXIST🚫 SAY 👏 IT 👏 WITH 👏 ME 👏 We’ve culturally made it UNSAFE TO BE OURSELVES. THAT IS WHY, when I sit crossed legged showing you a body that is underrepresented in our media I get hailed as doing an act of bravery. Because we acknowledge that there may be social failure in this, I may be attacked, I may get hurt JUST BY BEING MYSELF. Can we all just recognize how fucked up that is?! Yo, if being yourself, accepting who you are is an act of bravery what kind of world have we created? #idunnoman #igotinmythoughtslol #beyourownkindofbeautiful #embracethesquish EDIT: we need to make it safer for people to exist in their bodies, black, fat, queer, trans, disabled people need to know they have a right to be themselves. (📸 via @sophiesahara 💫💕)

A post shared by Kenzie Brenna (@omgkenzieee) on Apr 13, 2017 at 8:23am PDT

Thank you, Kenzie Brenna. Thank you for stating the obvious and bringing to our attention something that needs to be addressed. Kenzie says in her Instagram caption underneath a photo showing off her belly, “We’ve culturally made it UNSAFE TO BE OURSELVES. THAT IS WHY, when I sit crossed legged showing you a body that is underrepresented in our media I get hailed as doing an act of bravery. Because we acknowledge that there may be social failure in this, I may be attacked, I may get hurt JUST BY BEING MYSELF. Can we all just recognize how fucked up that is?! Yo, if being yourself, accepting who you are is an act of bravery what kind of world have we created?”

Would you tell a Victoria’s Secret model or an athlete that they’re “so brave” for showing off their bodies? Absolutely not. But if a woman shows off a body that doesn’t fit into society’s standards of perfect and beautiful, it’s OK to call her “brave,” that it would even be considered a compliment? That is messed up. Firemen are brave for risking their lives running into burning buildings, but a woman showing off her belly rolls? That shouldn’t be considered brave.

This is the reason women have body dismorphia, eating disorders, and life-threatening depression. That is why it is so necessary that women see posts like Kenzie’s on social media, showing what a normal woman looks, because the more women we see that look like us, the more accepting we’ll be of our own bodies. Kenzie says, “I don’t do anything technically brave. I just sit here, discuss my insecurities and get better at loving myself.”

This Woman Is Outing Her Trainer For Body Shaming, and We Are Here For It

This Woman Is Outing Her Trainer For Body Shaming, and We Are Here For It

After sharing a mirror picture of herself on Snapchat, Kayleigh Boase received a facetious message from her personal trailer. In his response, trainer Jowan Trahair said, “That belly,” followed by neutral-faced emoji.
That’s when Kayleigh politely tr…