Let’s Be Honest…

I have been called fat, chubby, tubby, chunky (and everything in between) so many times that I have lost count.

 

 

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What do all these pictures have in common?

These were all times that I was extremely proud of myself in some capacity but was called fat/chubby/tubby by someone. It didn’t matter that I felt pretty, or worked hard, or lifted heavy, or won medals and trophies. All that mattered was that how I looked- and what I lacked.

I would be lying if I said that the comments didn’t hit a nerve with me. I talk very openly with my struggles with body image issues and body dysmorphic disorder, and now I am a huge advocate for working hard but loving yourself through the process.

But I found myself telling a client a few weeks ago “I am not comfortable enough with my body right now to post workout videos yet.” How is that being an advocate for loving yourself? It’s absolutely not. I also feel like I am doing a disservice to my clients and followers by not showing the highs and lows of my own journey.

Years ago I made it a point to be an advocate of “real-ness” in the perfectly posed world of the fitness industry.

I will say, over the years my skin has gotten so much thicker. That I can easily shake off comments about my weight or how I look. Because I KNOW how hard I work, how great of a trainer I am, and I know I’m a damn good athlete.

Does this mean I am not striving to have a perfect diet, unlimited aerobic capacity, or a bangin’ beach bod? Nope. It just means that in the process of getting those things, I will ignore negative, ridiculous comments that bring no value to my life.

Why am I telling you guys all this? Don’t listen to anyone when it comes to loving yourself! There will be haters who will constantly try to tear you down, no matter how great you look, feel, or are doing in your life. And- they can f*** straight off!

Remember: “In order to avoid criticism- say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

Current condition 👇👇👇👇👇

Judge me. ✌

Here’s to real-ness! 💪

XO Michelle

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