"Your body doesn't define who you are as a person."
Most body transformation images show people who go from overweight or obese to thinner and fitter. But one fitness influencer has flipped that script, putting out a before-and-after swimsuit photo that shows how she gained weight. The best part? She's glad about it.
On Wednesday, Beck Jackson posted the side-by-side comparison of how her body has changed over the past four months, going from super thin to rounder and fuller, with a tiny bit of belly showing at the top of her bikini bottoms.
“Yes I’ve probably gained a kilo [2.2 lbs] or two (I don’t actually know because I don’t [weigh] myself) but yes I’m less toned than I was 4 months ago, no I don’t think I’m unhealthy, no I’m not unhappy,” the 23-year-old wrote.
“I’ve had fun, I’ve been on holidays, I’ve been eating amazing food, I haven’t been beating myself up when I don’t get to the gym because I’m too busy living my life, [I’ve] been really really HAPPY!” she wrote. “That’s why I may look a little ‘softer’ than I did 4 months ago.”
Though she’s rocking body confidence now, Jackson admitted that she hasn’t always thought about her shape in such a positive way.
“It would have been a different story two years ago, when I was 19-20 years old,” she wrote. “If I fluctuated in weight by even 100 grams [.2 lbs] I would LOSE MY SHIT, let alone if my body actually changed, I probably would have had a severe mental breakdown.”
These days, saving room for dessert is more important to Jackson than negative self-talk. “Just a tip: your body doesn’t define who you are as a person, your weight shouldn’t control your life, and if you want to eat a bowl of ice cream after dinner - EAT A BOWL OF ICE CREAM AFTER DINNER!” she wrote. “Because life is too short to give up those simple little pleasures.”