AC­CEPT, EM­BRACE AND LOVE YOUR BODY

Red - - SELF - TALLY RYE, PER­SONAL TRAINER AND CO-FOUNDER OF #GIRL­GAINS ON­LINE MOVE­MENT

“Peo­ple as­sume be­ing healthy is about losing weight or look­ing a cer­tain way. My mis­sion – with my part­ners in the #Girl­gains on­line com­mu­nity, Zanna Van Dijk and Vic­to­ria Spence – is to em­power women to learn to love your body as it is, and love your­self as you are. Our mantra is: Ac­cept, Em­brace, Love. Ac­cept you have the body you’ve been given. So, I can’t be 6ft 2in and that’s fine. Then, em­brace the things that make you spe­cial and unique. Learn to un­der­stand the things you might have seen as flaws are as­sets, and learn to love them.

“Girl­gains is per­sonal to all three of us. I strug­gled with body con­fi­dence and im­age. I was over­weight through­out my teens, and spent my school years avoid­ing PE. When I went to drama school, I soon re­alised I needed to be fit­ter, and started to use In­sta­gram to share my fit­ness and nu­tri­tion jour­ney. But I got my­self into a place where I be­came re­ally ob­sessed with track­ing my food and try­ing to look as lean as pos­si­ble. For­tu­nately, friends in­ter­vened. I had to learn to lis­ten to my body, find a way to de­velop a good re­la­tion­ship with food and ex­er­cise. #Girl­gains is about shar­ing that.”

Fol­low Girl­gains at @the­girl­gains on In­sta­gram

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