“Reality Check” Workout Photos Going Viral For Promoting Positive Body Image

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A series of photos of a woman in her workout wear are inspiring all of us to remember “We aren’t Barbies”.

The four photos (above) show the woman in different poses highlighting certain areas of her body.

Here’s what she wrote under the photos:

“We aren’t barbies. We are made of flesh and blood. These are all the same body — my body. I have worked hard for this body and I am proud of this body. In a world where we are surrounded by the images of our friends highlight reel sometimes it’s good to see a little reality so we can keep our expectations real. No matter where you are on your body’s journey, be proud and love yourself. Make goals because you love your body not because you hate it”

The original post on Imgur was updated by her once the photo gained massive attention.

“**Update** Wow. I am so very grateful that my message was received by so many in the way it was intended. I completely understand those who did not receive anything positive from it or who did not understand where I was coming from — you do not know me or my intentions. I wish you the very best and hope you find your own inspiration that will feed your heart in the way it needs. I saw an article on a blog about a year ago that was very similar, and it shattered my unrealistic expectations on my own body and also gave me the further realization that “hey, even fit healthy people struggle with body image.” We all struggle with body image, we are all in this together! The important thing is that we love our bodies — and when I say that I mean that we care for our bodies. We won’t always like everything that they do, or the path they have gone down or everything that happens to them but we do have to love them (like family). Respect them, guide them, show them kindness, mercy, forgiveness, push them to be their best with positive affirmation and encouragement! Be thankful for them.

So much love to all of you, truly, deeply from the bottom of my heart.

Every body has it’s awkward moments — be kind to yourself and others.”

Yes, we are surrounded by our friend’s highlight reels and media expectations. Quit comparing and start living!

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