Ashley | Royal Oak, MI
Images by Stela Zaharieva
"I have learned, and am still learning, not to care what others think. This is me. "
"My old body story was sad, afraid, and shy. I was the typical victim of the media and airbrushed supermodels. My job was to compare myself to a body I will never have, and these cover girls don't even have. My story is also a journey of weight loss, and memories of a heavier and unhealthy me. I still looked at myself as 90 pounds heavier, but not in the mirror; it was in my mind. I held on to a lot of old memories of myself that I had a hard time letting go of. I was trapped in my past.
My new body story is a tale of strength. It is a love of a healthy me. It's a celebration of arriving to this place that I always wanted to be. I love the muscles I have, and try not to notice some pudgy skin because chances are, no one is looking at it but me! I'm still learning to love everything about my body, but I feel so much more free as a result of my new outlook on myself. I have learned, and am still learning, not to care what others think. This is me.
Through this project I experienced a huge shift in how I perceive myself in the mirror. I try to focus on the positive, not the negative, and not the things I cannot change with eating right and exercise. I think many women should do this workbook. So many of us have a very negative body image. It's great to reset the way women think about ourselves. Back to the beautiful voluptuous Greek goddesses, and not the airbrushed magazine covers."
Images of Ashley by Stela Zaharieva.