Here’s a Photo of My Butt

Butts are everywhere in the fitness world right now. The latest craze is to go heavy, and strong is the new skinny, and real women have muscles. Usernames like “SheSquats” and “DropItLikeASquat” are all the rage, and for good reason. Squats, and heavy lifting, ARE good for shaping your backside.

I’ve always sworn I wouldn’t do it, though. Post pictures of my washboard abs and my sculpted bootay.

That’s because, for starters, I don’t HAVE washboard abs. Well I do, but they don’t always show. They show sometimes. Like when I’m dehydrated.

God, that’s hot. 

But mostly, I don’t post pictures like that because my message is more along the lines of “real workouts for real people” and, of course, “Be your OWN kind of fit!” So in the interest of being real, and not promoting only that “ideal” body look or type, I don’t post photos of me lifting my shirt to reveal my six-pack abs or photos of me wearing only a thong and high heels and a crop top, bent over, dead lifting a bar twice my bodyweight.

Until now.
:::squeals:::
:::hides:::

Listen – the fact is, I should be proud of my body. I work hard for it. It represents hours of sweat and struggle and I should be able to flaunt what I’ve got without fear of retribution, or worry that I’ll make someone uncomfortable – (sorry Mom, sorry kids) – or that I should somehow feel I need to hide what I’ve worked so hard to gain.

I’m sure my kids will be appalled that I’m doing this, and that’s another reason I haven’t done it sooner. But I’m part of the fitness world now, and the fitness world is motivated by butt shots. (haha I said butt shots) And I am not embarrassed to share my, um, ASSets with the fitness world.

Be your own kind of fit, and be proud of what you’ve accomplished. Share it with the world! Scream it! Pound on your chest! Take gym selfies!

Who cares what anyone thinks, that’s what I think.

And despite my words of bravado, this is really hard for me to do.
I’m 43, not 23.
I’m a mother.
I’m a wife.
A daughter.

There are those who will judge me for this. I know that. And there are those who criticize me. Body-shaming is alive and well.

I’ve made my peace with it. I’ve been wanting to bare it all – (haha) – for some time now. And I know now that I have to be true to myself.

So here you go, my This is Fit family! Here’s a photo of my butt.

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cow butt

MOO!

April Fools!
It’s not April, Laura.
Whatever, Laura.

In all seriousness, if you want a firmer, perkier, rounder, stronger butt, HiiT one of my Quickie Workouts or Thursday Throwdowns!

And if YOU want to post a picture of your backside, by all means – rock what you got, sister! I won’t judge.

Be your own kind of fit!

 

 

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