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'A few sizes larger and a million times happier' - Mum's bikini photos go viral after going from a size 8 to an 18

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Mum Allison Kimmey is determined to show everyone that being slim doesn't necessarily make you happy, in fact she's much more confident after going up five dress sizes!

We're so used to seeing before and after photos that show the same thing over and over again. On the left, someone is usually posing with an unhappy expression with a larger body, and on the right, they've remodelled into a slimmer person, and have maybe even gained some abs.

We see these transformation photos everywhere, but it's rare to see the images swapped the other way round!

Allison took to Instagram to flip society's issues around weight around, proving that you can feel gorgeous and happy if you've put on a few pounds, not despite it.

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💋

A photo posted by 🌴 ALLISON 🌸 Girl Power Guru 🙌🏻 (@allisonkimmey) on



The mum of two goes into detail about her struggles with her weight throughout her life, saying '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.'

'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.'

She also writes about how unhappy she felt after having her first child, with all the pressure of staying slim weighing down on her.

'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.'

'I didn't have an identity because all this time I had just been worrying about fixing my body.'

Allison suddenly realised that she was wasting her time obsessing over what she thought of herself, and over what society may think of her body. She made the decision to quit caring, and start focusing on what truly matters in life.

These photos were taken only minutes apart. This isn't a 2 month progress picture or some story about how I was a sad fat girl and now I'm finally living my life now that I've lost weight. Same girl. Same day. Same mirror. Different angle. I've been inspired by the transparency across many wonderful accounts and I wanted to weigh in on the topic of before and after photos, and more importantly, the use of social media to show only our highlight reel. It's so easy to get sucked into comparing yourself to others. But please keep in mind that for every one photo that makes the cut to be a square here on the inter webs, there's 100 (or sometimes 500) others that didn't. Before and after photos are entirely subjective. And the person does not gain more worth from being more "fit". Your mind is the most important tool you have. Don't believe everything you see. Don't get down on yourself for not looking like others. Use your thoughts to fill up your mind with positive affirmations and turn down the noise of the outside world. No amount of weight loss will change your gifts and your individuality that you were meant to share uniquely with the world. Just do you! Hope you all are having a fantastic day! Xoxo Allie

A photo posted by 🌴 ALLISON 🌸 Girl Power Guru 🙌🏻 (@allisonkimmey) on



'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.'



Many have been quick to comment on her photo, thanking and praising her for inspiring them to follow suit.

'Wow. This was something I needed today. I struggle daily with my weight and how I feel. Thank you for saying this' wrote one user.

Life just keeps going, with or without us. As I sent my son off to his first day of kindergarten I realized just that, that time was just going to keep flying no matter what. 🔑 I think we all realize this when months and even years just fly by. But isn't it funny how 98% of the population find little joy and magic in the day to day life, and at times it even feels like it's just dragging on to the point they wish away days, weeks and months?! So I just wanted to place a simple reminder here that life is grand. 🌄That time is going to fly by whether you are in the drivers seat, or an angry passenger. I prefer to live my life as the boss of my actions and my feelings. I know there is a plan for me, 🙌🏻 but I also know that the only way to get there is in a beautiful state and to do something moving me towards it each and every day.👌👌 I NEVER let a day go by where I do not accomplish at least ONE task that will further me to my dreams. And you shouldn't either. Stop waiting. Stop saying tomorrow or next week or next paycheck or next year or next time. Stop getting overwhelmed by all of it and just pick something small. 👊🏻The time is right NOW. And it will pass all the same so you might as well be using it in your favor. No one else is going to do it for you. Happy Monday babes! Xoxo Allie #swimbodyproject

A photo posted by 🌴 ALLISON 🌸 Girl Power Guru 🙌🏻 (@allisonkimmey) on



'I agree.... I find before and after pictures so irritating. Like they imply they were useless, ugly and with no worth until they lost weight. It really pisses me off' wrote another.

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We love this inspiring message of self-love and body positivity!

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