While there is no dearth of weight loss and management tips on the Internet, umpteen books have been written on how to lose weight, there’s this one woman, who’s not fretting about getting that coveted, slim figure. It’s quite the contrary.
Allison Kimmey, a mother of two from Florida, fought a long battle with body issues and found real happiness only when she began embracing her body in all its beauty and with all its flaws.
In one of her inspiring posts on Instagram, Kimmey says she detests post-body transformation posts “because I feel that before and after photos only breed an extremely unhealthy mindset to never being good enough.” But she posted one on the photo-sharing platform, one that shows her gaining weight over the years. “In fact it’s actually a depiction of the greatest transformation a person could see, true self love and fulfillment,” she writes.
The text of her inspiring post goes like this.
That girl that thought she would feel so much more confident as a size 4, she wasn’t. She picked out every single flaw, constantly second (and third) guessing herself. And then she ate her feelings of not being good enough. After two babies she got to a size 10. Instead of being in awe of what her body did, she deprived it and shamed it for not looking like other women. But that woman, that size 16 glorious, confident woman. She figured it out. She went to the source- her mind. And she rewired those dysmorphic thoughts into beautiful, accepting thoughts. And now she can cater to her body however she FEELS like without shame or consequence– and that is BLISS.
Kimmey is fast becoming an inspiration for women all around, who are fighting battles of body shaming and related issues. Her #TransformationTuesday posts obviously stands apart from the rest on the Internet, showing a chubbier, rather glowing Kimmey transforming from a slimmer and more cautious one.
I think it's fitting to do another #TransformationTuesday today. For my new friends especially because you may not know my story. I began my journey with restrictive eating, body dysmorphia, yo-yo dieting, and body image issues when I was 14. By the time I was ready to graduate college I had shrunk myself to a size 2/4. But I never saw that girl in the mirror. There was always something wrong with her, no matter how hard I worked. After my wedding in 2008 I slowly gained back all the weight and continued to berate myself for allowing that to happen to my body. I never felt confident to put myself out there because I was always worried about the way I looked and how others viewed me. The picture on the left is from 2013, 9 months after the birth of my second child. I was still subscribing to the diet culture and waiting for that even better after photo until I could truly live my life and love my body. And then something happened. I realized I didn't know who I was. I didn't have an identity because all this time I had just been worrying about fixing my body. I had so many gifts to give and a path that God had intended for me, but instead I was wasting it telling myself and everyone else that we would all feel better if we were 10 lbs lighter. It's not true. What I know to be true is that we'll all feel better if we start to get in tune with our true purpose here on earth and stop giving a fuck about what we are SUPPOSED to look like. So that brings me to the photo on the right, a few sizes larger and a million times happier. The last three years were quite the journey. I cried a lot. Relationships were put on hold. I questioned myself every day. But I didn't stop uncovering the beautiful soul that I now know and love so much. It's not about your size or your weight. It's not about what you did or didn't eat. It's about how you feel about yourself, your journey on this earth and how you give back to others. I LOVE MY BODY. I love that it is my vehicle to change the world. I love that it can inspire so many. I love that it can do harder things than I can even imagine. And I love that it is mine. Have a great day loves! And as always- I'm here via DM! Xoxo??
And, just in case if you thought fat girls don’t work out, Kimmey has the answer for you.
Maybe you've thought fat girls don't workout. Fat girls can't do cardio. Fat girls can't go all in. Maybe you've thought, there's no hope for me. There's no way I could do that. You'd be wrong, on all accounts. Fat girls can do whatever they damn well please. Including, but not limited to, being fat, not being fat anymore, doing exercise, eating what they want, eating healthy food, wearing the latest trends, and whatever the hell else they want! End. Of. Story. I workout. I workout hard. I eat healthy. And I eat what I want. I wear what I want. And I let my body do what it does in response to the things I choose to do. I'm enjoying the process of not trying to make it fit into my old ideals of beauty and allowing my body to change and adapt to my lifestyle choices. Hope you feel inspired to try something different for yourself. If you're wondering what I do- this is T25, a 25 minute high intensity cardio and strength program available online. Need help picking something you can kick ass at or an accountability coach? I'm your gal! Send me a DM! ?????? xoxo Allie
Kimmey —who calls herself a body love advocate, curvy fitness expert and girl power guru — realises how important it is to love your body, and through social media, she is now moving other women to do the same as well. Kudos to you, girl!