Growing up I was never the “hot chick” in school that everyone gawked over. I was never the one that got along with other girls. I was the “buff” athletic girl that played softball every day and would rather be in the weight room rather than at house parties. As I became older, I realized I should start to try wearing some make up and doing my hair. As soon as I did, I got attention… Attention I didn’t get before and it felt good.
12 years have gone by since those days. Now, I am a mom of 2 who works her ass off to live the life she does today. My body is my temple. I take care of it. I exercise, eat correct, and sacrifice a lot of things to maintain it. You tend to love yourself more when you feel better and lately because of these healthy habits, I have been feeling better about myself. I am seeing changes throughout my body that I am learning to appreciate. From the outside looking in, I guess some people don’t get it.
A few days ago, I posted a picture on my social media. A picture (in my eyes) that I thought was beautiful. It was tasteful, I was proud of it, and I thought it could be empowering to other women. It was a little on the risqué side of my every day normal picture, but that is why I felt the need to put it out into the public. I was proud myself and proud that I took this photo. The amount of backlash and terrible comments I got for it were unlike anything I could have imagined. My “pretty picture” soon became a picture passed around through text messages, screen shot on guys phones, and I was unfollowed by many women whom I must have offended. So, I deleted it. Not because I care what people think, but because I was sad. I was happy with the way I looked and felt, and society had to once again bring me down. I was sad that I couldn’t be myself for 1 minute without people freaking out.
So, I will leave you with this: learn from me. Don’t let what people say to you over social media bring you down or ruin the image you have of yourself. I let it ruin my week and now it is time for ME to practice what I preach.
Written By Casey Cosmann
Personal Trainer/Macros Coach