Anna Victoria, founder of Fit Body Guides, who obviously is in perfect shape, will make you roll your eyes that she’s trying to preach body positivity. In the same cliche manner that we’ve all failed in our new year’s resolution to lose weight and get fitter, a perfect bikini post will only seem like she is part of the systemic cycle of self-hate that looms over every woman.
However, here, she defies the intrinsic nature of how we want to portray ourselves in the best, if not false, versions of ourselves on Instagram. Instead, she posted an honest picture of her body to show that the healthiest thing about herself is self-love.
The above picture is captioned,
“There are two reasons I want to share this with you ladies: one reason is because I want you to know having skin fold over on your stomach when you sit or to have “rolls” is not anything to hate or be ashamed of. The other reason is because while I say this, there have been times where if I ever found myself in front of a mirror where I am sitting and I see my stomach, I automatically think “ew!” because this is what society has conditioned me to think. Your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat to be healthy, your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat for you to love yourself, and your stomach does not have to be perfectly flat to be confident and beautiful and an all around amazing person. As a society, we shouldn’t let physical characteristics set the standard for whether we deserve to love ourselves or not. Everyone deserves to love themselves, however I know that’s easier said than done.
What’s amazing to me and what I have witnessed with the fbg girls is most of the time they start learning to love themselves more on their journey not because of the physical changes, but because of the mental and emotional changes that come from dedicating yourself, pushing yourself, and seeing just how strong you really are. (what we call “non-physical progress” and is just as, if not more important than physical progress). That type of strength and beauty can only be seen and felt from within. ???????? #fbggirls”