This woman is Lizzie Miller, a 20-year-old model who posed nearly nude in Glamour Magazine to inspire women to love themselves. She says:
“When I was young I really struggled with my body and how it looked because I didn't understand why my friends were so effortlessly skinny," Lizzi told me. "As I got older I realized that everyone's body is different and not everyone is skinny naturally--me included! I learned to love my body for how it is, every curve of it. I used to be so self-conscious in a bikini because my stomach wasn't perfectly defined. But everyone has different body shapes! And it's not all about the physical! If you walk on the beach in your bikini with confidence and you feel sexy, people will see you that way too."
I highly recommend you read the article, it is very inspiring. Lizzie talks about how she "likes exercising when its fun!" which is an important reminder to those of us who thinks it has to be 30 minutes in the gym on a treadmill. Lizzie plays softball and bellydances! I like to go for walks and dance in my living room. What do you like to do for fun exercise?
As the holidays continue to roll around, lets remember that it is okay to eat candy, bake cookies, have babies, have fun, and be proud of yourself!