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When I was 18 I wouldn't dare post anything on social media unless I looked 'perfect'. ๐Ÿ’œ
I dieted constantly.
I wouldn't leave the house without makeup.
I couldn't bare to even look at my tummy.
Everything I posted on Instagram was highly edited, to the point where I didn't even recognise myself. Because at the time I really didn't like who I saw. ... definitely not perfect right?! ๐Ÿ’œ
Now 3 years later and a LOT LOT LOT of hard work I can post pictures of me how I TRULY am. No editing, no makeup, no posing. Just me!
And that's just a little bit amazing ๐Ÿ˜Š
Because now I know that I don't need to try to be something I'm not.
I don't need to hide behind filters or makeup.
I don't need to pretend that I'm someone who has everything figured out.
I don't need to pretend that I don't have problems or that my life is perfect.
Because it's not!!! ๐Ÿ’œ
Nobody's life is perfect no matter what there social media feed says.
Everyone has bad days, things about themselves they'd love to change, something about their lives they want to be better. ๐Ÿ’œ
Social media is a highlighted reel and nowhere near a true representation of how difficult life can be.
But I'm going to keep doing everything I can to change that and be as raw and real as possible! .... who's with me?! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•


On Friday, I got body shamed by a psychic as you might have seen on my stories. In a 30 minute, palm reading, tarot card reading and a reading of my stars... she spent 15 minutes body shaming me. Here are a couple of the things she said:
"You won't fall in love until you lose weight"
"A man is only attracted to healthy and fertile women and your body shows you aren't either"
"Your joints are suffering and so is your heart"
"You need to workout."
"You have an under-active thyroid and need Vitamin D and Kelp Pills"
"You won't be successful until you lose weight. Your weight is preventing success in your career"

What made me laugh most was the fact I just had come out of the gym right before going to this psychic and as far as I'm aware psychic abilities don't come with a medical degree. Ordinarily I would left the room but I was paying for it so I sat through body shaming for the first time in years. What's strange is that I do believe she skills intuitively, but she let her own biased preconceptions and fatphobia block her reading because no tarot card ANYWHERE says lose weight.

Isn't that such a metaphor for life? That your internalised old belief patterns stand in the way of your talents and skills shining through!

Now, I know it was just a projection of her own self hatred and limiting beliefs however previously this would have bothered me. I would have done the following:

1)Cried (not in front of her but definitely later).
2) Internalised her shame (and held onto it for the rest of my life and added to the belief that every person in the world thought like that)
3) Decided to start a diet on Monday... I.e. Today ... but only after spending the weekend binging to forget about that horrible experience and prepare myself for the food fast that was due to come on Monday, aka today.

So today, this post is in CELEBRATION OF EVERY MONDAY WE DIDN'T START A DIET. Oh and I just came out of a very important meeting for the biggest thing I've been working on for 3 years so thanks psychic but my career is going great... WITHOUT WEIGHT LOSS. #ScarredNotScared

Have you ever received an unsolicited comment about your body, and if so how did you respond, or wish you responded? Women ask me all the time how they should react when people make unsolicited comments about their bodies, especially when the people making these inappropriate comments are family members, bosses, donors, or potential people who want to hire us.

There are several ways to go about this, but I think the best way is to reign in the initial defensiveness, and in a genuine spirit of discussion ask the person a question that gets them thinking. A question such as, โ€œWhy do you feel like I should lose weight?โ€ or โ€œWhy do you think itโ€™s โ€˜wrongโ€™ to be fat?โ€ or โ€œWhy do you think Iโ€™d be happier, prettier or somehow better in a smaller body?โ€ At the very least this deflects the comment back onto them and forces them to contend with their own unchecked bias and preconceived notions about beauty, health, and frankly, what it means to be kind. Somewhere in there I would also find a way to ask them if people made comments about their bodies before, and how that made them feel and whether they think itโ€™s respectful to make unsolicited comments to another? When you ask about their own experience with body shaming, it often makes them realize, โ€œOh yeah, my [mother/ friend/ boss] did this to me, and it didnโ€™t feel good and ohโ€ฆ now Iโ€™m doing it to someone else.โ€
#bodypositivity #rebel #thinkoutsidethebox #bedifferent #beyourself #beunique #conforming #conformity #allbodiesarebeautiful #allbodiesaregoodbodies #haes #bopo #bopowarrior #fatacceptance #curvy #curves #curvywoman #plusmodel #curvemodel #lightplay #selfphotography #portrait #bodycondress #filmnoir #effyourbeautystandards #nowrongway #thickums #operasinger #plussizefashion

Instagram vs reality ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐ŸŒฟ
Sometimes it's funny to think about how posed some of my Instagram photos are ๐Ÿ˜‚
On the left I'm posing pretending to be all casual, just chilling on a bridge. When in reality I was waiting for all the other people to cross the bridge so I could run in and get a few photos before panic running off to move for all the people starting to cross the bridge behind me ๐Ÿ™ƒ
But in all seriousness, photos are not reality. So this is why we should never compare our life to someone's on social media. We pick the best parts and most flattering angles. So when you see 'bad photos' of yourself don't let them get you down, learn to appreciate your body from all angles.
Don't have a goal of losing a certain amount of weight or looking a certain way for a holiday or to look good in photos. Because that'll lead to unnecessary pressure and sometimes disappointment.
Life's too serious, learn to laugh at yourself and be okay with your body rather than hating on it.
These photos may seem overdone but I love doing them and it's just a reminder for all of those who need it today ๐ŸŒดโ˜€๏ธ
#bopowarrior #allbodiesarebeautiful #bodyconfidence #beforeandafter #nobodyshame #loveyourbody #healthyhabits #selfesteem #selfacceptance #lawofattraction #thankyourbody #youareworthit #youareunique #flaws #insecurities #instagramvsreallife

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I've been so focused on working I haven't made time to go to the gym. But tomorrow I shall go, for the mean time here's a poor quality belly full of burgers, gallo pinto, cakes, and all cheesy things ๐Ÿ˜‡ #allbodiesarebeautiful

Yet again, I open my inbox to an email with a list of "guilt-free" recipes. Sigh ๐Ÿ™„ Labeling foods as "guilt-free" seems to be trendy among food marketers these days- I've seen it on things from cookies and chips to guacamole and popcorn. It seems like it's springing up all over the grocery store (ahem, Trader Joe's). The truth is that all food is guilt-free. Food is not good or bad and you never need to feel guilty about eating it. Your body needs a variety of foods, from carrots to cupcakes. Don't buy into the marketing foolishness- you never need to feel guilty about nourishing your body! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฌ


This journey of self love and acceptance has been one for the books! I have lumps and bumps, rolls and love handles. I have curves that aren't favorable but it's ME! And I am BEAUTIFUL! Some days are better than others but at them end of the day, if I can't love myself, then who will? #selflove #loveyourbody #allbodiesarebeautiful #bikinibod #selfacceptance #positivebodyimage #weightloss #liveyourbestlife #weightlossjourney #beyourbestyou #lifetransformation #confidence

Finally got back some yoga in my life. Missing 5 nights is just not in the plans!!! Life happens, it's all good, happy to be back and focused!!!
#wheresthecoffee, #parentproblems, #momchat, #PNWmom, #PDXmom, #honormybody, #honoryourbody, #allbodiesarebeautiful, #thiswomancan, #itsallworthit, #parentwin, #sahmlife #momyoga #beginneryoga #yogimama

I am ALL about the nurturing, pampering, listening to your body, and allowance aspects of self care. I also think itโ€™s definitely important to remember PRACTICAL aspects of self care. As a way to make sure I stay on top of those, I have developed a slight (not slight) obsession with cute office supplies. I found the perfect purple planner, and scoured @etsy from some cute stickers that I know will make me seek out my planner, even on low-spoon days. :) SO FAR, my stickers are from: @punchberrypress, @pin_em_up, and @dissentclub/@tokyobunnie!

Ooooo... feeling fierce in a bit of white today. I used to wear all black because it was flattering. Now I wear mostly black because I just plain like it. I'm not afraid to mix it up a bit though. #bodypositive #thisbodyisnotanapology #bopo #bopowarrior #hips #allbodiesarebeautiful #fatshion

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself" - Coco Chanel

Seeing this gorgeous soul come alive has made me come alive. Being side by side with her on our personal growth journeys is something I feel so fortunate for.

Adding on the joy of being able to photograph her and craft images that she cherishes, is the icing on the cake!

Thank you @okayisannie for being such a bright light in my life and allowing me to share this with the world <3

#chelseyluren #chelseylurenportraits
Photography: @chelseyluren | Makeup & Hair: @prettypleasexox | Dame: @okayisannie

Check out our decor samples! Everyday we get a little closer to opening so we can't help but to daydream about the beautiful fitting rooms... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Fuck it, I look good โœจ

Posting this so I can look back and feel proud of what I have accomplished this far. I have been in a funk lately and I'm determined to break it. I have been slacking on tracking, snacking, and haven't been to the gym in way too long. I've still been loosing, thankfully, but my heads not in the right space. My mom took some pictures of me before we left the waterpark Saturday and I wasn't a fan. I notice the flaws and what I want to fix. I went from feeling great all day to feeling like ๐Ÿ’ฉ in seconds. Clearly that's why i posted the not so revealing selfie ๐Ÿ™„So here's a picture I didn't like, with my lopsided belly button saying high ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks scar! I'm not hating this picture today but loving myself and all I am. I'm determined to use it as for a progress post when I'm wearing strings ๐Ÿ˜ #allbodiesarebeautiful #weightwatchers #wwfamily #wwcommunity #wwbridetobe #smartpoints #becauseitworks #loveyourself

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