A fitness blogger has shared a honest and thought provoking post about her body image and self acceptance on Instagram.
Alice Liveing, 25, from London, posted that she feels mentally happier being one stone heavier – after believing that a ‘lean’ figure was the key to peace of mind
She shared two images of herself during Mental Health Week to show how her body has changed after she relaxed her fitness regime. The fitness star said that the first image, which was taken on the shoot of her Women’s Health cover last year, was her when she was more lean.
While the other one is her today where she is ‘over a stone heavier.’ She also admits that she has ‘Spot cream on and Granny pants’.
She admitted in the post that she is ‘hyper self critical’ and that her ‘negative self talk can feel overwhelming at times.’ Her followers applauded her honest post and said that she was an ‘inspiration’.
Alice Liveing, 25, from London, also shared two images of herself during mental health week to show how her body is changed after she relaxed her fitness regime
A fitness blogger has shared a honest and thought provoking post about her body image and self acceptance on Instagram. She admitted in the post that she is ‘hyper self critical’ and that her ‘negative self talk can feel overwhelming at times’
Alice, who has risen to stardom on Instagram where she has 600,000 followers started the post with: ‘This week is mental health awareness week and my word of the week is acceptance. In fact, it’s not even word of the week, it’s word of the year.’
But admitted: ‘I find it very hard to accept. I am hyper self critical. My negative self talk can feel overwhelming at times. ‘
The star who also shares her workouts and healthy meal plans on Instagram said: ‘I thought I’d find happiness in being lean. I genuinely imagined my life would be better if I was smaller. In reality, it only served to exacerbate the issues that were already there all along.’
In the past the star has told how she is survivor of domestic abuse - from a former relationship she had when she was just 16.
In the past the star has told how she is survivor of domestic abuse - a former relationship she had when she was just 16
The star then went on to talk about self acceptance: ‘I’m never going to wish to change my body. And that’s ok. I now have to remind myself and realise that I am enough. Even if I don’t believe it sometimes and my brain tries to tell me I’m not.
‘Good mental health is, to me, acceptance of who and where I am right now. Lack of judgement for my flaws. Kindness and compassion to others. And most of all, remembering that my experiences are valid regardless of how they may compare to the next person.
She then went on to explain the two pictures, saying: ‘So, this is me. On the left before I shot my Women’s Health cover, and now over a stone heavier. Spot cream on.
‘Granny pants, in a sports bra that sadly no longer fits. Serving some realness because I realise so deeply now how that is what we all need. ‘
In February the Instagram fitness star pointed out to Femail that exercise is just as much about mental health as it is about physical. She is a big fan of regular breaks from social media and screen time to allow space for gentle exercise
’Being lean isn’t a bad thing, but thinking that it will solve all of your issues is where problems arise.
‘And when that is further cemented by societies addiction to thinness, with everyone telling you how amazing you look etc, it’s then hard to imagine yourself anything but that.
‘So today, just accept. Say it out loud. Breathe it in and just be.’
Many people congratulated her on her inspiration al post, with one commenting: ‘As a mental health nurse working in eating disorders i think you are an inspiration.
‘I have talked to my patients about you in psyco-ed in relation to fitness and how our views can change based on experience.
Her followers applauded her for her honest post and said that she was an ‘inspiration’
‘The main thing I always tell them is that they are enough, recovery is possible and being healthy is not about how thin you are something, I appreciate, you share. Keep posting and being the inspiration you are!
Other Instagram stars applauded her for her post, with the Food medic saying: ‘So good to hear you’re in a happier mental space now Alice. You’re damn strong.’
While another said: ‘I don’t know you and I’ve never met you but I think what you have done is very brave and amazing.
‘Just speaking out, won’t please everyone but you will have helped so many people battling the same thing as you. Hold true to yourself, you are doing great.’
She also said she is a big fan of regular breaks from social media and screen time to allow space for gentle exercise
In February the Instagram fitness star pointed out to Femail that exercise is just as much about mental health as it is about physical. She is a big fan of regular breaks from social media and screen time to allow space for gentle exercise.
‘It’s clear that social media is effecting a lot of us and I can even find it overwhelming at times,’ she revealed.
‘I try to not use my phone when I don’t need to, it’s great to be able to tune out of it and give myself some headspace. So when I feel overwhelmed I pop my phone on aeroplane mode and go for a long walk.
‘I also make sure I don’t have my phone in my bedroom, so that I’m not glued to my screen before I go to bed.’