A fitness trainer from Kentucky has gone viral after posting a holiday bikini photo of herself on Facebook.
Molly Galbraith, founder of Girls Gone Strong, has a message for all those who want to make women feel pressure to diet and change their bodies.
Unlike many in January, Molly says; ‘This is the first year in as long as I can remember that I have made NO resolutions to change the way my body looks.’
To prove her point, Molly shared a holiday photo from a ‘random Tuesday in December’ whilst on holiday in Costa Rica.
At first glance, the photograph seems like a normal holiday picture that you would see when scrolling through your Facebook feed – but look again and Molly has posted an inspirational caption, detailing her journey with her body and how she learned to accept her appearance.
The picture, which has now been shared over 15k times since 1st January, is the perfect response to the bombardment of diets that women are pressured to undertake every New Year.
Molly said; ‘This is my body. This not a before picture. This is not an after picture. This just happens to be what my body looks like…it’s a LIFE picture.’
Just like the rest of us, Molly makes it clear that she tries to lead a balanced lifestyle, sometimes eating ‘protein and vegetables’ and other times being unable to resist the temptation of cheese and ice cream.
She says her passion is; ‘Helping women look and feel their best, and have grace and compassion towards their bodies.’
‘This is a body that loves bent presses and pull-ups and deadlifts and sleep. This is a body that has been abused with fast food and late nights and stress.’
Molly concludes, ‘This body has been publicly evaluated, judged, and criticized, and those judgments have been used to determine my level of skill as a coach and a trainer, and my worth as a person, both positively and negatively.’
By rejecting diets and new years resolutions, she feels ‘a kind of freedom I didn’t think I’d ever experience and it feels really, really good.’
Do you agree with Molly’s refreshing approach to New Year’s resolutions, or do you see the New Year as a positive chance to change? Let us know in the comment box below!