Body Journals

I am a hard-core fan of side-by-side images like this because they are such a stark reminder: Half of the time (scratch that … MOST of the time) you see an image of a man or woman who looks impossibly thin, super svelte and sexy, please remind yourself they are POSING. They’re sucking in, sticking their chest out, sticking their ass out, consciously doing all kinds of things to make themselves look more flattering.

And, I’m all for it! I love sticking my ass and tits out. Who doesn’t want to look sexy in a photo? But we all too often forget that those people are posing when see a photo of ourselves from a day at the beach where our belly rolls look like they’re making out and our thighs look like they’re trying to merge into one and we compare that photo to the super svelte ones in magazines or on Instagram.

But, if I’m going to preach it, I better practice it. Let’s just start with me. Let ‘er rip.

Callie Body Journal V.3

These side-by-side photos of me were taken on the very same day. I was shocked when I saw the one on the right. I wanted to cry, because I was all squished up, with my tummy and thighs looking like disgusting cheese curds. “Who could ever love that body?” I scolded myself. And, the answer was no one because I did not love that body. I spent many years punishing and harming that body. Do not be me; be a much healthier you. Thankfully a lot of time, a lot of healing, and a ton of body love has passed through me since I first saw that photo. But, when I finally looked back at some of these to begin sharing my recovery story, it was a huge revelation for me to realize the photo on the left (which is one of my favorite photos of my body) and the photo on the right (which is one of my least favorite) were taken within hours of one another. So, I can easily say now: You know what? It’s just freaking skin. It’s one of the most important organs of my body. I have long since forgiven it for not folding up like cute wrinkles on a bunny’s nose (or a supermodel’s tummy) because it allows me so many glorious days in the sun. Now, I can see I look amazing when I’m posing (on the left) and just as amazing all smooshed up like I am 99% of the time (on the right). If you see more people showing their normal, natural, squished-up state in photos and giving zero you-know-whats, it makes it a lot easier to just get over it. I hope these help you.

Yours Truly,

Callie Bowld

Many kudos, accolades, and thanks to these other brave body posters below who weren’t afraid to show the truth about how their bodies look 99% of the time when they are not posing, and how beautiful that image still is. Please feel free to follow any of these inspiring creators and tell them how much the genuineness and honesty of their posts, which you saw here, affected you.

iskra

iskra

Your fat rolls are beautiful🙌 ⬆️I made a video about them (link in my bio)⬆️ And the reason we have been lead to believe they aren’t is because we don’t see them in the media unless someone’s being shamed for weight gain or ridiculed for their body. This is NOT the truth and not OK. Having rolls of skin / fat that are soft / squidgy or big / small does not define your beauty. I wanted to show you how my body looks when I’m relaxed and when I’m posing right next to each other so you can see how easy it is to manipulate how a body looks. (I filmed myself doing this for you on my YouTube)

As a model in the industry 13years I’ve seen nearly all the pics chosen of me for lingerie & swimwear shoots are the ones where my stomach looks flattest.
Which for a long time lead me to believe that’s how I should look.

Because even if I did happen to have a few shots where I’m in a position you can see back fat or rolls someone had decided it’s more “beautiful” “aspirational” or will inspire more customers to buy the product if those so called “flaws” don’t exist.
But things are changing I remember the first time I saw curvier models in editorials with their rolls and back fat and I remember the first time I shot with @aerie and they wanted me to not pose but be real and just myself. Then when I saw my first campaign with them and I could see my unretouched body – pics with rolls / back fat I’m not gonna lie I was shocked. That quickly turned into joy because they made me feel good enough and knew that those “flaws” didn’t mean I wasn’t beautiful in fact showing that their models didn’t have to be “flawless” was incredibly empowering. So thank you #AerieRealand everyone who created the movement it’s not just game changing but life changing ILY😘
And that’s why when I started my insta about 3years ago I created the #everyBODYisbeautiful bc we are more than the sum of our perfections we are all beautiful equal souls living in imperfectly perfect bodies.

Lucy

fitlifelucy

BLOATING 😩
I’ve been feeling pretty stressed the past few weeks and have suffered with severe bloating most days, not sure why 🤔 But yesterday it hit a whole new level 😭 I want this photo to prove that no, I don’t walk around with abs every day. In fact, it’s a shock if I still have them by lunchtime 😂 (this is me standing normally, not pushing my stomach out) So just a little reminder to use IG for inspiration and to motivate you rather than to compare yourself to!
A bad day yesterday led me to comfort eat all day – binge eating at it’s finest I tell you 😂 We’re only human and all of us slip up sometimes. I was about to start getting annoyed at myself then @claudetteannaliese reminded me ‘one day will not make you fall off track’ which is SO 👏🏻 FLIPPING 👏🏻 TRUE 👏🏻 If you have a day of eating whatever you want.. WHO CARES! Wake up the next day, make a plan and get back to it 👊🏻 As I’ve clearly proved, everyone goes through the exact same struggles! We’re all here to support each other through the good AND the bad 😚💛
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Oh and soz about the red face/wet hair look 🙈 Pic was taken post workout! If anyone has any tips for cutting out certain foods from bloating please let me know 🙏🏻☺

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selfloveclubb

Same girl, same day, same time.
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Not a before and after.
Not a weight loss transformation.
Not a diet company promotion.
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I am comfortable with my body in both. Neither is more or less worthy. Neither makes me more or less of a human being. Neither invites degrading comments and neither invites sleezy words.
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We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5 second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!?
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I love taking these, it helps my mind so much with body dysmorphia and helps me rationalise my negative thoughts.
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Don’t compare, just live for you.
There is no one on this planet who’s like you and that’s pretty damn amazing don’t ya think.
The world doesn’t need another copy, it needs you.
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We are worthy, valid and powerful beyond measure 💙🌟
(If you don’t pull your tights up as high as possible are you really human?)

emily skye

emilyskyefit

I have something to tell you…
I have a dessert baby! Haha! 🤣 .
⬅️ On the left is my belly when I’m not bloated & standing with a “tight tummy” or what I call “good posture”. .
➡️ On the right is my tummy VERY bloated after eating dessert last night! (It was SO worth it by the way 😃). .
Perfection doesn’t exist, which is easy to forget when we spend so much of our time on social media being bombarded by “perfect bodies” – or what “appears” to be. .
So here’s a reminder from me that I bloat.. I also have stretch marks, cellulite and pimples (as you may have seen in previous posts). I’m nowhere near perfect.. and that’s fine by me! ☺ .
#perfectnever #foodbaby #bloated#emilyskye .
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@emilyskyefitness .

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FoodieGirlFitness

Same girl. Different angles.
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If I’m going to show you the posed, put together, professional sides of me, I’m gonna make damn sure you see the not so flattering sides too. Because, contrary to what society has taught us to think, our worth isn’t measured by how many belly rolls we have, or how many dimples on our booty, or how much jiggle hangs out on our arms.
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Loving ourselves exactly as we are is hard. Because we’ve been told for years that we’re not good enough until we {insert any of the thousands of ideas of perfection that has been fed to us over the years}. But I call BS. I say that the real magic happens when we embrace who we are, at every angle and size.
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This doesn’t mean I don’t also struggle with embracing this body I was given, but it does mean that I understand working on loving me is the most important job I will ever have.
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Our bodies aren’t broken. The message society is trying to tell us {by airbrushing everything, erasing dimples and rolls and fluff} is.
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So even though its really hard, lets remember we are worthy and beautiful and special and ALIVE. Go on and love yourself today, because THAT shit is whats inspiring.
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#StopFixingBodies #StartFixingTheWorld

— with Ashlie Molstad and Jon Molstad.

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annavictoria

Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don’t change your worth ❤️ I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn’t see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I’m getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren’t going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal “flaws”? This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it’s happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things:
I will not punish my body
I will fuel it
I will challenge it
AND I will love it
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If you’re following my page, you’re a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement – thank you. #fbggirls #realstagramhttp://www.annavictoria.com/guides