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Joanne Encarnacion's Before and After Photos | March 2017

Blogger's Powerful Before-and-After Photos Are Different in 1 Inspiring Way

"I am failure for not sticking to consistently training and for not eating as clean as I should have." This is the story I could be telling myself. This is the opinion that could've turn into a fact. I once heard that our reality is largely made up of our perceptions and beliefs, not facts. And that our ideas and theories are based on experiences and opinions, so much so that we start to create stories from these views and judgements. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So instead of writing a failure story, I chose to look at this set of progress pictures taken a few days ago and tell myself a different story. "Well Jo, you haven't put as much energy into your fitness commitments and IT'S 👌🏾. It doesn't make you less of an example of a strong woman. Since October of last year you were working on recovering from a shoulder injury, rebuilding a marriage that was close to divorce, raising two young women (including an emotional teenager), creating long lasting friendships with women you once felt unworthy to be around, and most importantly going back to school to start a career in health and life coaching that you've been day dreaming about for almost 2 years. Living a HEALTHY LIFE means nourishing all the areas that make you whole. Your fitness is just a part of that. You're a bad ass Jo and you have what it takes to get your groove back. Other areas in your life needed your energy more than you needed to focus on leaning out." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The chatter in your head will try to find meaning in it because this obstacle is clearly telling you that your dream isn't supposed to happen. Remind yourself that society has romanticized a concept of what beauty, fitness, and loving yourself looks like. The power to define what beauty means to you is within you. You are the source of your reality. You are the creator of your story. On this part of #therefinedcollective we're talking about "Loving Yourself in the Skin You're In" and on www.gofitjo.com I've shared 6 very powerful things to do when you're beginning to feel the resistance in loving yourself. #linkinbio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TheRefinedCollective series was written in collaboration with several incredible women sharing their positivity and light to the 🌎.

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Fitness blogger Joanne Encarnacion knows a thing or two about self-love. She's already shared some uplifting advice with us about practicing daily affirmations, and now, the GoFitJo founder is sharing another inspiring message with her thousands of social media followers.

The health coach recently posted before-and-after photos of herself on Instagram — one that was captured back in October 2016 and one that was taken in March 2017. But the post is unlike many of the other transformative, side-by-side collages that seem to flood social media these days. In her caption, Joanne explained that even though she hasn't been consistently training or eating clean the past few months, she refuses to see herself as a "failure." Rather, she's choosing to tell herself a different story.

"It doesn't make you less of an example of a strong woman," she wrote. Joanne revealed that since October 2016, she had been recovering from a shoulder injury, rebuilding her marriage, raising children, and building lifelong friendships. Plus, she had also gone back to school to launch a career in health and life coaching. It sounds like she has been quite the busy bee!

"The power to define what beauty means to you is within you."

She continued with a powerful reminder that "healthy" doesn't necessarily equate with being skinny. "Living a HEALTHY LIFE means nourishing all the areas that make you whole," she wrote. "Your fitness is just a part of that." The fitness blogger challenged her followers to live up to their own beauty standards. "Remind yourself that society has romanticized a concept of what beauty, fitness, and loving yourself looks like," she wrote. "The power to define what beauty means to you is within you. You are the source of your reality. You are the creator of your story."

If this doesn't motivate you to love yourself in the skin you're in, then we're not quite sure what will. Thank you, Joanne, for this encouraging dose of body positivity!

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