This Woman Beautifully Describes What It Means to Love Your Body

posted: 01/13/16
by: Mara Betsch

Molly Galbraith is the co-founder and owner of Girls Gone Strong, an online fitness guide and community "designed by women for women," but she's becoming known now because of a recent Facebook post. On January 1st, when most people are making resolutions, she beautifully summed up what it means to love your body. From battling PCOS (which "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" star Whitney Thore has spoken out about) to balancing health food with the occasional bowl of ice cream to building her strength through tough workouts, Galbraith explains why she's proud of her body. Read her post below:

This is my body.

This not a before picture.

This is not an after picture.

This just happens to be what my body looks like on a random Tuesday in December of 2015 -- it's a LIFE picture.

This is a body that loves protein and vegetables and queso and ice cream.

This is a body that loves bent presses and pull-ups and deadlifts and sleep.

This is a body that has been abused with fast food and late nights and stress.

This is a body that has been pushed to the brink of leanness in figure competitions and maximum strength in powerlifting meets.

This is a body that begged for mercy when it was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and PCOS.

This is a body that has been called:

- too fat

- too thin

- too masculine

- too strong

- too weak

- too big

- too skinny

...all within the same week.

This body has been publicly evaluated, judged, and criticized, and those judgments have been used to determine my level of skill as a coach and a trainer, and my worth as a person, both positively and negatively.

Some people say they would "kill to have this body."

Others say they would "kill themselves if they had this body."

(Yes, unfortunately that's actually a thing humans say to one another.)

This is a body that I spent too much time, energy, and mental space wishing would look differently.

And today?

Today this is a body that is loved, adored, and cherished by the only person whose opinion matters -- ME.

This is the first year in as long as I can remember that I have made NO resolutions to change the way my body looks.

This is a kind of freedom I didn't think I'd ever experience, and it feels really, really good.

#GirlsGoneStrong #GGS #Mindset #Perspective #Autonomy

We think she does a wonderful job at tackling the very different types of criticism (unsolicited, mind you) women receive about their bodies. What do you think of her post?