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Dear women of the world,

I did a lot of thinking on the airplane yesterday, and these are some of those deep thoughts. Enjoy. Dear women of the world, Let’s talk. There are a few things I need you to know about this photo. While I think it’s super cool that I have photos like this, and NEVER in my life did I think that I’d be capable of looking like this, this is not my every day reality. I can’t speak for other “fitness people” who have professional photos, but I can tell you that getting in this type of shape took a lot of work for me. I don’t look like this today and I won’t look like it tomorrow. Why? To get as lean as possible I followed a strict nutrition regimen for a week before taking these photos. I was also water depleted so that my skin would be as tight as possible and make my muscles pop (not to mention the perfect lighting). Normally, I have a little bit more fluff around my midsection and my thighs have a little more vadaboom in them. ☺ Dang it. What is my point? Don’t make this your “goal body”. Don’t think that this is what I look like everyday. My body fluctuates just like yours does based upon what I eat daily. Some days I’m a bit fluffier, some days I’m a bit leaner. I jiggle when I workout and when I wear baby-size spandex I have to stand just right or my body spills out of the top and bottom of them. It’s called being normal, and there is nothing wrong with that! If I wanted to look like this photo everyday I probably could BUT it would be a really sucky way to live. It’d mean that I have to give up wine, pizza, cupcakes, and french fries FOREVER (yeah right!). In my opinion, that type of life is no life at all. I need a life of moderation and balance and so do you. So… set realistic goals. Realize that fitness photos are not realistic and there will always be a little jiggle in your body. And guess what? That’s okay. Love yourself anyway. Xoxo, Ruth

#Motivation #BodyImage #LoveYourself

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