This woman just smashed our narrow beauty standards with a single Facebook post
The very top New Year’s resolution for 2015? “Lose weight.” Every year, millions of people resolve to get fit, or to drop dozens of pounds, or to get their “perfect beach body.” But for the first year ever, Molly Galbraith isn’t making any resolutions about her body. Well, perhaps she is — she’s resolving to love and adore her body, exactly the way it is.
Molly is the co-founder and owner of Girls Gone Strong — an online fitness guide and community “designed by women for women.” And to make the first day of the new year, she shared a pic of herself in a bikini on her Facebook page. . . where it’s been going totally viral for the best reason.
“This not a before picture,” she wrote in the caption. “This is 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.”
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Molly went on to explain that, although her body loves protein and vegetables, it also loves queso and ice cream. “This is a body that loves bent presses and pull-ups and deadlifts and sleep,” she wrote. “This is a body that has been abused with fast food and late nights and stress. This is a body that has been pushed to the brink of leanness in figure competitions and maximum strength in powerlifting meets.”
Molly also revealed that she has been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s — an autoimmune thyroid disease — and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). And on top of this, she deals with criticism about her body every single day, she explained:
Her body has been judged based on her profession — fitness and training — as well as who she is as a person. “Some people say they would ‘kill to have this body,'” she wrote. “Others say they would ‘kill themselves if they had this body.'”
But this year, it’s going to be different. “This is a body that I spent too much time, energy, and mental space wishing would look differently,” she wrote. “And today? Today this is a body that is loved, adored, and cherished by the only person whose opinion matters — ME.”
Molly’s post has been liked almost 115,000 times and shared over 16,000 times, and for great reason. It’s great to strive for health and wellness, but something that’s even more important (and difficult!) to make a goal in the new year: Loving your body, exactly how it is.
“We tell women to be confident, and yet, when a woman displays her confidence, the world is lining up to tear her down and tell her why she shouldn’t be so full of herself,” she told HuffPost.
Displaying that confidence without fear of the world’s comments — that’s our goal in the new year. Thanks, Molly, for the amazing inspiration. We think you’re beautiful. . . inside AND out.
(Image via Facebook.)