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Body Positive Fitness Blogger Posts Epic Selfie & Gets Real About Bloating

Malin Olofsson is a 27-year-old Swedish fitness blogger whose body positive outlook has encouraged her 8,000+ followers to love themselves. A survivor of Anorexia, Olofsson has made a name for herself in the fitness community with glaringly honest body selfies and blurbs about the hardships she’s had to overcome involving her own physique. In her most recent selfie, Olofsson gets real about bloating.

“Some of you have seen this before,” she starts. “Some of you haven’t. Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted… Some of you will read this caption and assume that I’m pregnant. This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women.”

The photo shows a side profile of Olofsson in yoga pants and a sports bra. She continues, “Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period.”

She continues on with a great point: “THIS 👏🏽 IS 👏🏽 NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes – it is very uncomfortable, and yes – it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in. I’ve stopped. I’ve decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think. I’ve decided that my body’s reaction to the hormonal change is not going to be an aspect that I let contribute to my already unstable mental state. Because when I have PMS, I already feel like dying. And I’ve decided to love my body no matter how I feel about life.”

A-freakin’-men girl. She ends her post on another positive note.

“Do not blame your body for how you’re feeling. It is never your body’s fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Yes – your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes – so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don’t have to be ashamed and hide. You are perfect and your body is just doing it’s job.”

——————————————– Some of you have seen this before. Some of you haven't. Some of you experience and go through this yourself once a month. Some of you will be disgusted. Some of you will sigh with relief and think -Omg I'm not alone. Some of you will not read this caption and presume that I'm pregnant. ——————————————– This is the visual signs of PMS for me and many other women. For some it's less extreme, for some it's more. Water retention is a very normal and common symptom of PMS. Some women will hardly notice it and some go through immense discomfort for a couple of days a month. It can start anytime between ovulation and your period. ——————————————– THIS 👏🏽 IS 👏🏽 NORMAL. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Yes – it is very uncomfortable, and yes – it is really difficult to not feel like you must hide it and try to suck your stomach in. I've stopped. I've decided that breathing is more important than what other people may or might think. I've decided that my body's reaction to the hormonal change is not going to be an aspect that I let contribute to my already unstable mental state. Because when I have PMS, I already feel like dying. And I've decided to love my body no matter how I feel about life. ——————————————– Do not blame your body for how you're feeling. It is never your body's fault. It is never anything wrong with how your body looks. Yes – your body might experience discomfort due to hormonal changes – so instead of making it worse through shaming your body, try doing the opposite. Realize that this is when you need extra self-care and self-love. Realize that you don't have to be ashamed and hide. You are perfect and your body is just doing it's job.

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Seriously, we need more people like this on social media. Instead of cursing our bodies for not looking a certain way, we should let them be and be grateful for all of the amazing things they do. Come PMS time, just chill out with some ice cream and Legally Blonde — it’s all gonna be ok.

[H/T: Cosmopolitan]

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Alexa LyonsCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Writer and editor living in New York City who also loves Taking Back Sunday, bad reality TV, and Leonardo DiCaprio (not necessarily in that order).
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