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Fitness Blogger Shows Off Her “Rolls,” Inspires Others to Love Their Bodies

posted: 01/21/16
by: Mara Betsch

Anna Victoria is a popular fitness blogger and creator of the Fit Body Guide, a fitness regimen that focuses on HIIT (high intensity interval training) and healthy eating. With more than 849,000 followers on Instgram, she's built a community of women who are working toward being their best fit selves while loving their bodies throughout their transition.

Her positive tone and "can-do" attitude is evident in all her posts, and a recent photo really struck a chord with both her followers as well as those who didn't know her name before this post.

She posted this seemingly unflattering photo with a powerful "no body shame" caption:

A photo posted by Anna Victoria (@annavictoria) on

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 www.annavictoria.com/guides