She Posted This Bikini Photo Online… But It Was Her Caption That Made It Go Viral.
Molly Galbraith is a co-founder and owner of Girls Gone Strong, a company seeking to fight against the multi-billion dollar weight loss industry in favor of more compassionate methods.
With an advisory board of 9 women who are experts in their fields -- Galbraith herself is a certified strength and conditioning specialist -- they seek to provide real-world solutions through an online fitness guide and community.
On New Year's Day, she posted a photo of her bikini body on Facebook along with a deeply personal caption:
"This not a before picture. This is not an after picture. This just happens to be what my body looks like on a random Tuesday in December of 2015 — it's a LIFE picture."
"This is a body that has been called: too fat, too thin, too masculine, too strong, too weak, too big, too skinny... all within the same week."
The photo has received over 100K likes and tens of thousands of shares, with women praising her bold move. One Facebook user wrote, "Beautiful body and words-- This is what ALL women should strive for. Comfort in their own skin. No matter their shape/size... Or what others think. "
View the photo and caption in full below:
Molly Galbraith's passion is to "[help] women look and feel their best, and have grace and compassion towards their bodies."
On January 1, she posted the following on Facebook:
"This not a before picture.
This is not an after picture.
This just happens to be what my body looks like on a random Tuesday in December of 2015 — it's a LIFE picture.
This is a body that loves protein and vegetables and queso and ice cream.
This is a body that loves bent presses and pull-ups and deadlifts and sleep.
This is a body that has been abused with fast food and late nights and stress.
This is a body that has been pushed to the brink of leanness in figure competitions and maximum strength in powerlifting meets.
This is a body that begged for mercy when it was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and PCOS.
This is a body that has been called:
- too fat
- too thin
- too masculine
- too strong
- too weak
- too big
- too skinny
...all within the same week.
This body has been publicly evaluated, judged, and criticized, and those judgments have been used to determine my level of skill as a coach and a trainer, and my worth as a person, both positively and negatively.
Some people say they would "kill to have this body."
Others say they would "kill themselves if they had this body."
(Yes, unfortunately that's actually a thing humans say to one another.)
This is a body that I spent too much time, energy, and mental space wishing would look differently.
Today this is a body that is loved, adored, and cherished by the only person whose opinion matters — ME.
This is the first year in as long as I can remember that I have made NO resolutions to change the way my body looks.
This is a kind of freedom I didn’t think I’d ever experience, and it feels really, really good."