Scrolling through Instagram—with all of the food porn and gym selfies—is enough to make us feel not so great about ourselves. (Our smoothie bowls never look that pretty, and we’re basically a puddle of sweat after working out). That’s why this Instagram from Fit Body Guide trainer Anna Victoria is so refreshing.
Yes, real people—even super fit ones—have stomach rolls when they sit down. It's just the way bodies are built! We could all use more of this honesty on our Instagram feeds. See the full post, including her awesome body-positive message, below:
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" is just as, if not more, important as physical progress). That type of strength and beauty can only be seen and felt from within. #fbggirls