In A Striking Photo, This Fitness Blogger Reminds Us All To Love Our Bodies At All Angles

"Same girl. Different angles."

Facebook posts that promote body positivity tend to go viral because so many people struggle to accept their "imperfections" and practice self-love. Whether it's a bride who believed she'd never get married until she was thin or a mom who finally mustered the courage to purchase a bikini for the first time, seeing people overcome struggles with their appearance reminds others that they can do it too. 

The latest reminder that caught our eye came from Ashlie Molstad, a fitness blogger who writes at Foodie Girl Fitness. Molstad posted a side-by-side comparison of her body on Facebook: In one, she's standing up in a sports bra and underwear showing off her toned body and flat stomach. In the other, she's in the same clothes, sitting down, and proudly showing off her stomach rolls.

"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," she wrote in the Facebook post on Nov. 11. "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."

Molstad has tens of thousands of followers who visit her blog and social media channels for fitness advice and inspiration. She posted these photos to remind them that the airbrushed, cellulite-free photos we're so used to seeing in magazines, billboards, and movies are setting the wrong example. 

"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," she continued. "So even though it's really hard, let's remember we are worthy and beautiful and special and ALIVE. Go on and love yourself today, because THAT shit is what's inspiring." 

The post has been shared over 50,000 times since she first posted it on Friday. The comments are filled with people thanking Molstad for being brave enough to share her less flattering angles and reminding them the importance of loving your body.

"This is exactly what young girls need to see! And even at 25, I needed this reality check! Thank you so much for being brave and posting this! I have a similar body and beat myself up all the time, but I look at both picture of you and see absolutely nothing but a beautiful healthy girl," one Facebook user commented. "We are our own worst critics!" 

These thoughts were echoed on her Instagram account where Molstad also posted the image and caption

"I so needed to see this. I constantly try to cover my stomach at the beach while I'm sitting down or even covering my stomach up at home when my fiancé sees me changing. I am starting to feel self-love for my body for the first time in YEARS, but there has always been shame to sit down and see tummy rolls no matter what weight I was at," one Instagram user commented. "This is incredibly inspiring. I am proud of you and the positive message you're sending women. Keep it going!" 

We completely agree.

(H/T: Refinery29


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