There is no such thing as a perfect body. Just ask fitness blogger Anna Victoria. On Monday, January 16, the 28-year-old — who weighs roughly 125 pounds, with 17 percent body fat — proved how misleading social media can be with two Instagram pictures taken just minutes apart.
In one image she stands with her back arched and her abs are completely flat; in the other, she is sitting and appears to have stomach rolls.
“Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don’t change your worth,” the Fit Body Guides founder wrote to her more than 1 million followers. “I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn’t see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! “As I’m getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren’t going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived.”
Owning it means taking control of your life, looking around at what responsibilities you have and working hard despite how "busy" you feel you are. Because the fact of the matter is there is someone else busier than you working out and making this a priority. It's not about how busy you are, it's about effort. Own it ? #fbggirls #ownitoctober #toughlovemonth ?? www.annavictoria.com/guides
Her inspiring post has racked up more 328,000 likes in less than a week.
“I’ve received several comments from girls in their early teens who never knew it was OK to have a stomach,” Victoria tells Us Weekly. “Those are the comments that remind me why I put myself out there even though it can be embarrassing.”
Victoria admits that even she struggles with her reflection sometimes. “It started when I got into fitness and started being compared to other fitness models that have entirely different body types from me,” the Rome-based Instagram star tells Us Weekly. “It took a bit of time to stop focusing on what others look like and trying to live up to that, and just be the best I could be personally.”
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