i know this doesn’t go with your blog since i am not wearing fitness attire or about to work out. so no need to post it, i am just sharing it in hopes that it helps someone along the way.
I love it. And I’m not just fitness, I’m about mental health and loving yourself as well, so anti-bullying is something I can get behind.
I did these Workouts :) :
- BoP Cardio: Level Ten
- Kick it Cardio
- One Room Cardio
I FEEL SOOO GOOD! <3
before & after :
I only started following BoP in February, but right away I was hooked. I love that you offer such a variety of workouts! I feel like the hardest part of my workout is choosing which ones I want to do. thank you for all that you do; you [& your blog] are awesome!
not a fitblr, just a girl learning to love her body.
The fact that you are a feminist and awesomely helping people get in shape
Thanks for all the awesome workouts! I’ve never found routines I love so much :). I try to do these 3-4 times a week, on days when I don’t go to the gym.
My fitblr is fitfatale.tumblr.com, feel free to follow!
Triangle Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
by RosaLee Ward
10.5 x 10.5” silver gelatin print, lettering scratched into emulsion
This is a photo my best friend took of me several years ago when I was at my lowest self esteem. But after time, self love, this blog, and others like it, I know I’m beautiful and I love my belly. And I think my belly button looks like a black hole to the center of the universe and that’s cool.
3rd submission, 21, US size 18
At age 18, I was morbidly obese; my body was becoming immune to insulin, which was very scary, as that can lead to Type II Diabetes. My self-esteem was also terrible - I felt like I didn’t deserve anything, like I should take whatever friends would have me, even if they weren’t always kind. Being overweight almost my whole life and having an unhealthy relationship with food made it difficult to lose weight. Terrified of the health complications I could face later in life, I underwent gastric bypass surgery.
It didn’t fix everything like I thought it would. Weight loss surgery is not a magical cure. Over the course of two years, I went from 275 to 145 pounds, but I lost a lot more than that. In addition to about 30% of my hair from “rapid weight loss syndrome,” I also lost my best friend. Almost a year after my surgery, my confidence was rising and I realized that she had been using me; she was insecure too, but standing next to me and putting me down made her feel better about herself. Discovering this nearly destroyed me and I began sliding into depression, even after I cut her out of my life. I felt worthless, despite my other friends and co-workers telling me how great I looked and how proud of me they were. None of it mattered because I had invested myself in that friendship for five years, only to find that it meant nothing in the end.
For possibly the first time, my emotional well-being wasn’t directly linked to my body image. It was a rough time for me, but I learned a lot and I am so much stronger because of it.
Three years have passed since my surgery in June 2009. During that time, I have learned to accept and embrace so many things about my body. I have a lot of loose skin, a swingy belly, scars, stretch marks, and drooping breasts, after going from a 44DD to a 34C. These may be imperfections, but who’s perfect anyway?
My attitude about bodies now is that…they’re just bodies. I would walk around in my underwear in front of anyone at this point, if only to confront them with a body that is not conventionally beautiful, but beautiful nonetheless. There is no good, bad, right, or wrong, we’re all human and we’re all so beautiful.