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THIS IS WHAT SEVERE BLOAT LOOKS LIKE. And let me tell you, it hurt like HOLY HELL to suck that bloat in for this video.
I'm taking a risk posting this #5secondtransformation . Because I know that while these kinds of images help some, they don't help others.
I know that there are people in the community whose bodies don't lend themselves to "instant change." Images like these can, intentionally or unintentionally, sensationalize the idea of before and afters; reinforce the stereotype that thin is beautiful, or that fatness is simply an undesirable bloat that can be sucked in, twisted, or hidden with the right lighting and posture.
That is the hidden danger of Body Positivity 2017 β€” promoting or believing those things.
BUT. That is not why I post these images.
That is not HOW I post these images, at least that isn't my intention.
I post with the understanding (and exposure) of my privilege β€” meaning, I CAN suck in my stomach and push it out, and have it look different. That my butt WILL look different in the 'right' pair of jeans, vs out of them. That because I am white, and pretty, people won't comment with the 🐷 emoji, or tag their friends on my pictures to laugh at me.
I also post knowing that there are girls (and boys) out there who don't know how to navigate the glossy falseness of social media.
There are girls who save images of thigh gaps and cinched waists and flat stomachs to their phones, only to later use them as "inspiration" without knowing that those bodies don't really look like that. Who starve themselves to achieve it. Who see fitness models or lifestyle bloggers or ads in magazines of slender, toned 'goddesses' and truly believe that their bodies are the gospel.
That no one could possibly bloat like they do.
That people who are THIN could never have cellulite. Or stomach rolls. Or cystic acne.
Because I do πŸ™‹πŸ» I have all of those things.
I post these things for transparency. For Honesty.
It's complicated. And what helps some people won't always help others.
But I know what helped me years ago.
And it helped saved my life.

πŸ’•#rg @allisonkimmeyπŸ’• "IT MATTERS HOW WE TALK TO OUR DAUGHTERS ABOUT OUR BODIES! Today while I was laying at the pool with my daughter:
Her: 'Why is your tummy big mama?'
Me: 'What do you mean baby?'
Her: 'These lines, mama.' (Pointing to stretch marks on my tummy)
Me: 'Oh those are my stretch marks!'
Her: 'Where do they come from?'
Me: 'Well when I was a little older than you, I got some stripes when I grew really fast! And some of these stripes are from when I had you growing in my tummy.'
Her: looking inquisitively
Me: 'They are shiny and sparkly, aren't they pretty?'
Her: 'Yes, I like this one the best, it's so glittery. When can I get some?'
Me: 'Oh you will get your glitter stripes when you get a little bit older baby!' They are listening. They are asking. And it is up to YOU to help them shape how they will feel about these things! Will you continue the shame that society has placed on you? Or will you teach her a new way of love? I choose love." πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ’ͺ

Why hide that glorious squish to fit into conventional ideas of what's 'flattering' when you can be a belly roll lovin' babe with a furry sidekick instead?! πŸ‘™ Hey Marli! 🐢

From my @curvykate shoot, because behind-the-scenes is just as beautiful as the posed, polished, professional shots we see everyday! πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž

A quick outfit of the moment. Dress from @fashionnovacurve use glambyruna for dollars off. Do you guys enjoy these types of videos too? I usually post full videos on YouTube. 😍 thank you for all the love everyone. 😍 love you all 😍
#effyourbeautystandards #plussize #plusmodelmag #plussizemodel #plussizestyle #dresses #coachella #outfits #outfitoftheday #makeupaddict #fashionnova #fashionblogger #fashionstyle #plussizefashion

I haven't been shopping for jeans, tried them on in store, got the correct size and loved them in NEVER!
I went after a lovely big pizza lunch with a lovely food baby and grabbed the size larger than my jeans at home as they're too small now (which is perfectly okay!) and faced the changing rooms with Eli as my cheerleader!
This would have not been possible a few months ago before this account.
Clothes shopping was my nemesis, WAS! I'm slowly but surely telling it to suck itπŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»β€

Comin for the weekend like...You can find me at the beach!
Stay fierce babes and just do you!
Swimsuit: @swimsuitsforall by @theashleygraham


This is the truest thing ever! Loving yourself is so much more important than people like to believe, trust in yourself! Love yourself! These are important things in life! β€’
#quotes #quotesaboutlifequotesandsayings #instagood #effyourbeautystandards #healthybody #bodypositive #bopowarrior #bopo #weightlossjourney #weightloss #weights

Sharing this photo from my shoot with @paul_dubois_photography last month because I feel pretty strong and badass in it πŸ’πŸ»
I love doing dance shoots because dance is a huge outlet for me, and I feel like capturing that in a photo as well is pretty awesome.
I'm super tired from my allergies because I went home to LI last night and I'm allergic to my cats 😬 but I'm pulling through, and I'm super excited to go to the grocery store and get some stuff to make for @what.the.ele's "Badasses Who Brunch" tomorrow morning 😍
Has anyone done anything fun so far this weekend? Comment below ✨

"Better to be hated than loved for what you're not." Tag the artist pls

Nice meeting Chief Wiggum. Does a great job keeping the streets safe

// CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT \\ 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱With the voice of an angel, there's no one quite like @chelseahartwick.
She'll be portraying Mother Nature + leading our enchanted forest in #SnowWhite next weekend!
We have sold over 400 (!!!) tickets so far. Do you have yours?
Visit www.armyofsass.com/vancouver to snag yours.
Photo by @kristineilana

I keep going with this filter πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚that #nose I think it was cute though #effyourbeautystandards #fuckit #loveme so you don't have to ✌🏽 #biggirllove

Channeling my inner wood nymph πŸ’š #effyourbeautystandards #spring

Bai! πŸ’œ

Cat cuddles from this morning. One day I'll put a full face of makeup on again. That day was not today. I'm a lazy turd. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­βœŒπŸ»οΈ#nomakeup

Hello all! 🌈 I went to see the @carolinarollergirls play today! So much fun πŸ˜„& I got this amazing Princess Leia shirt to boot! 🌌#jointheresistance #carolinarollergirls ❀️ Kayla


Keeping it casual tonight for dinner, but feels good to be wearing something else besides gym clothes for the evening πŸ˜‚ we are going for hibachi so nomssss I get all the protein! Steak and shrimp here I come 😍

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