Confident Woman Decides To Gain Weight And Has Never Felt Better

Florida woman Allison Kimmey has been posting her before and after body transformation photos on Instagram for a long time now. They started as “fitspo” pics of her amazing 90-pound weight loss, but soon after they turned into before and after weight gain transformation photos. Her weight gain transformations serving as a stark contrast to those many people see on Instagram of women shrinking to half their original sizes.

Hey babes! It's been a while since I introduced myself and a lot of you have asked about my personal story. So here goes… My name is Allie. I'm a mommy to two cute toe-heads and a pup, wifey to my high school sweet heart and lover of the beach. As you can tell, I spend a LOT of time in swimwear, confidently living in my size 16/18 body. But it hasn't always been this way. I spent most of my adolescence as an overweight, shy teen trying to avoid any situation that pushed me outside my comfort zone or put me in front of people. I worked desperately hard to lose weight at the age of 14, when I began my first diets, restricted eating and over exercising habits. I equated happiness to thinness. That once I was able to fit into hollister jeans I'd be the popular outgoing girl I thought I wanted to be. For 12 years I spent my existence completely consumed by my size. Fluctuating 100 pounds over the decade. Constantly comparing myself to others and never feeling enough or worthy. Even as a size 2/4 on my wedding and honeymoon, I could only see my perceived flaws. After the birth of my daughter in 2012 I had visions of her growing up and looking exactly like me. I verbally said that I wished that she wouldn't look like me. And at that moment I realized that I needed to change…not only for myself, but for my entire family- especially my children. And so I took the first steps to trying to find myself again, uncover my purpose, and retrain my mind to see beauty instead of imperfection. Over the course of the next 3 years I poured myself into the self help section of the book store, attended seminars, paid for expensive online courses, and began my spiritual journey. I constantly pushed myself to do exactly the things that scared me most, and the more times I immersed myself into the things I had been avoiding, it became my new normal. And one day, after seeing one too many transformation Tuesday photos of a grumpy fat woman turning into a happy thin woman, I looked back at my own journey and realized it happened to be exactly the opposite of what we are taught to believe. My hope is that these reverse transformation photos allow one person to find happiness NOW!

A post shared by 🌴 ALLISON KIMMEY 🌸 (@allisonkimmey) on

Why is Kimmey proud of her weight gain? As a woman who constantly struggled with weight loss and trying to and successfully conforming to the socially accepted body norm, she realized that in 2007 when she was around a size 4-6, she was the unhappiest she’d ever been.

Constantly worrying about how she looked, what other people thought about how she looked, and uncomfortable with the amount of people noticing how she looked in general, she struggled with self-confidence. “I was unfulfilled and lost,” says Kimmey.

Fast forward five years, Kimmey gained weight and was back to the actual societal average woman’s size of 12-14. According to Kimmey, “I’ve gained a lot more than just size and weight. I’ve gained confidence.”

I feel it's fitting that I am able to introduce myself to all you beautiful new souls on #transformationtuesday . Usually a day that's filled with comparison, and thoughts of not being good enough, and why didn't I just try harder I could be there by now, and a complete buy in to the diet industry promises that happiness comes from a before and after photo. I opt out. I opt out of the idea that skinny = happy. That the only thing worth fighting for is to be liked by other people. That my worth is dependent on what size I wear. That life can start on the other side of weight loss. I unsubscribe. I unsubscribe from the notion that I should listen to the opinions of others. I unsubscribe from the idea that I should be quiet, and not make too many waves. I unsubscribe from the pressure to be perfect. I unsubscribe from the expectation that I should be unhappy in this body. 10 years ago I was a size 4. I gave up friendships, a college experience, and passed up on some of the best cuisine available all to be able to say I got my dream wedding body and felt confident in a bikini for my honeymoon. I used to use photos from my honeymoon to remind me of how good I used to look and motivate me to get down to that size again. But the truth is, the girl on the right might be fuller figured, but she's also full of life, and love, and light, and possibility, and creation, and power, and strength, and confidence, and conviction. There is nothing waiting on the other side of weightloss. The real work happens internally and you can start right now! All you need to do is decide that now is your turn. So happy you all are here to share in this journey! If you need extra help, grab my free e-book with the link in my bio! And give me a 🦄 if you agree that happiness is not a size! Just do you babes! Xoxo Allie

A post shared by 🌴 ALLISON KIMMEY 🌸 (@allisonkimmey) on

 

Allowing herself to live in her normal, natural body size allowed Kimmey to live a life free of restriction and self-judgement. Her constant struggle with her body was too much for her soul. “I carried my (weight loss) story with me everywhere, it was so heavy: shy, introverted fat girl, just trying to make everyone happy and win friends by giving too much and losing too much of myself,” she said.

Just because Kimmey isn’t the picture-perfect image of what many people believe a healthy woman’s body looks like doesn’t mean much to Kimmey. She lives an active lifestyle and has a booming business as a health coach, encouraging women to be happy, healthy, and comfortable in their own bodies.