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Social media has a lot of upsides, but one definite drawback is the inclination to compare yourself to others. A report from TIME called social media a “toxic mirror,” and body image can suffer. One fitness blogger is fighting back these comparisons and desire to be “perfect.”
Ashlie Molstad, also known as Foodie Girl Fitness, shared photos on her Facebook page to show that everyone’s bodies are fine the way they are:
“If I’m going to show you the posed, put together, professional sides of me, I’m gonna make damn sure you see the not so flattering sides too,” she wrote.
The fitness coach went on to say that self-love isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary. Sometimes it’s a struggle for her as well, but she said “that the real magic happens when we embrace who we are, at every angle and size.”
The 31-year-old’s untouched photos then went viral, garnering thousands of comments and shares. Many praised her for being vulnerable and real.
Her Instagram page is just as inspiring:
She urges others to self-improve but also self-love. She said, “It is possible to be a work in progress and love yourself all at the same time.”
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