The Art of Being Body Positive

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Being body positive doesn’t mean I love every single bump or curve on my body. It means I’m making the choice to realize that this is my body now and I will not be cruel to it nor my mental state.

It is understanding that health comes first but that gaining 5,10,20 etc lbs won’t take away my zest for life, my smile or my ability to dress my ass off.

Being body positive does not mean that I wake up every morning thinking I’m a bad b*t h but it DOES mean I wake up every morning thankful that even with cellulite or chafing that my health is very much still intact.

All of us are beautiful as all heck. If you’re a size 20 and choose to show your beautiful waist off in a crop top then so be it. If you are a size 0 and show off your beautiful waist in a crop top then so be it. Yes, health comes first. Yes I get sad when I see some of my fellow double sized women whose biometric screenings would cause alarm, think that as long as they are confident about their outer appearance that they can continue on being unhealthy. I also get very sad when I see single digit sized women thinking because they are skinny or thin that they are healthy. Let’s forget the outer shell and pay attention please to our health. Get your cholesterol checked, get your blood sugar looked at, know your numbers and live to be the best you. It truly is what is INSIDE that matters.

And it’s not only personality.

Protect your organs. Protect your health.

Being body positive means that I’m positive that as long as I’m healthy inside I will love the state of my body outside. It means that stretch marks, rolls, cellulite, scars and extra cushion won’t keep me from showing off my best assets in fear of people only seeing the not so awesome parts.

Let’s be honest-  I had a moment today. I saw a pic of me from a recent event and gasped at the size of my arms! But I flipped the script on my own self and reminded myself that all the Comeau and Bertrand women tend to get them. So instead of being a flaw, I see it as a legacy.

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Last but not least, please remember that getting skinny will not make you happy. You have to be truly happy with yourself prior to all the body changes or you won’t be truly happy after. I was 151lbs in 2015. I’m 192.2lbs now. And my happiness hasn’t wavered. In fact, I’m currently truly living my very best life.

What does being body positive mean to you?

 

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14 Comments

  1. Yvette Garner
    March 5, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Hi Jen.. you are my kindred and fellow piscean sisterfriend. This post spoke to my soul.. it brought tears to my eyes because I always felt ugly inside because of my body flaws. You encourage me to love and appreciate my body not because of what it look like on the outside but because it’s healthy and if these stretch marks, cellulite keeps me healthy inside I’ll take that! Im going to focus my energy on being body positive! Thanks for sharing.

    • jennjeanpierre
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Hi Yvette! Pisces power! Thank you so much for reading and more importantly for sharing your story with me. We all have our insecurities. We all wake up sometimes and just feel gross. But as long as we are healthy we MUST be grateful for that. If you need anything please let me know. I got you!!!!

  2. Elle
    March 5, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Okay now! So happy about your relaunch! The site looks amazing and so do you! Thanks for the braids shoutout!

    • jennjeanpierre
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 10:29 am

      thank you for being such a huge support and a great cheerleader. I love you dearly. And I LOVE my braids girl!

  3. March 5, 2018 / 11:28 am

    You are a true inspiration, and this site is both important and stunning! Keep up the work, beautiful lady! Xo

    • jennjeanpierre
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Omg it’s so wonderful o hear from you. How are you?
      Thank you so much love!

  4. Brittany
    March 5, 2018 / 11:39 am

    I just turned 29 yesterday and I have NEVER worn a two piece. I recently lost weight, and although I’m still on this journey, I’m in a much happier space, and learning to be gentle with myself. I think I’m going to try on a two piece this summer. 😬Wish me luck! And thank you for always being such a light and such an inspiration. You never know who’s watching.❤️

    • jennjeanpierre
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      Hi Brittany!
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I’ve got your back. I know you can do it. Let me know if I can help in anyw Way.

  5. Rachel
    March 5, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Congratulations on the new site! I’m looking forward to following along on this journey!

    • jennjeanpierre
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 11:00 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate you so much

  6. Nadine
    March 5, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I love the site Jenni! Awesome work! And such a great message to remind ourselves that happiness truly comes from within!

    • jennjeanpierre
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 11:00 pm

      Thank you Nadine!!!!!

  7. March 6, 2018 / 12:39 am

    The site is beautiful, you are beautiful, your spirit is beautiful… Just so much goodness in one place! I can’t stand it lol Thank you for writing and posting such a timely piece. This is one of the topics that needs to be on the forefront of our daily interactions with others and with ourselves! Look forward to reading more of what you have to write! Love it!

    • jennjeanpierre
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 10:46 am

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment and sharing your thoughts. That means the world. Thank you so much also for the compliments. It feels good to just show the world who I am 🙂