This Former Body Builder's Body Positivity Message Is Going Viral
Former body builder Jolene Nicole Jones took to Facebook to share an atypical before and after photo featuring her looking incredibly fake-tanned and toned in the Before pic, and more natural and curvy in the After pic. Jolene posted the photos along with a message about how her former life of following an insanely strict diet and fitness regimen was making her unhappy, but that in her current post-body building days, she is able to enjoy her life. And now her message about body positivity is going viral...
Body builder to body lover. This isn't your typical transformation photo. I went from being controlled by my grueling gym regimen and weighing chicken and having protein shakes in my purse to fully enjoying a social life. Some people might say this is "letting yourself go" but you can't put a price tag on happiness. I call this finding myself and realizing I can have more than one passion in life, whether it's hiking up in Glacier Park or enjoying beers with friends. A six pack didn't make me happy. I was never enough and always needing to improve. Today I went rafting with friends and enjoyed food the old me would have drooled over and wouldn't have dared to touch. Your body is quite LITERALLY the only thing that gets you through this life, your worth and joy isn't weighed by what you can lift or what the scale says. My worth is weighed by those I surround myself with and the smile on my face. 💕 #bodylover #bodybuilder #balance #happiness #happyiskey #fitfam #formercompetitor #glaciernationalpark #gnp #middlefork #proteinislifebro #transformation #throwbackthursday #instafit #ilovepizza #montanawomen #montana
The post was riddled with thousands of supportive comments (along with the occasional hate-filled ones, because the internet), and has been shared over 46,000 times. One commenter wrote, "You're most beautiful when you're happy with yourself. That's all that matters." Another wrote, "Great role model for other women. You look fabulous and are enjoying life. Good on you!" A lot of the commenters noted that Jolene looks more attractive in her After picture, with one person writing, "You look so much healthier in the newest photo. How you were meant to be."
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