Vicky Pattison has urged women not to compare their figures to other in a post about her own fitness journey.
Alongside snaps dating back to 2013, she penned: ‘Happy National Fitness Day! To celebrate here are some photos of my own personal health and fitness journey from over the years.
‘Keeping fit for me used to be all about achieving a particular aesthetic- in a word, it used to be all about being thin. I thought if I could be as small as possible I’d be fit, healthy and happy. But as you can see by these pictures: That wasn’t the case at all.’
The candid post was praised by fans who said they appreciated her honesty.
Vicky Pattison, 32, (pictured today) has opened up about her relationship with health and fitness in an Instagram post aimed at inspiring other women on National Fitness Day
Vicky admitted that she used to be obsessed with being thin and thought achieving her desired body size would make her happy. Pictured: Vicky in 2013
Vicky said she has learned fitness isn’t about an ideal body shape but instead showing respect for yourself. Pictured: Vicky in 2017
Vicky who boasts almost 5 million followers on Instagram, explained that fitness is no longer about achieving her dream body shape.
She continued: ‘Fitness and health aren’t about a size, a shape or a number! It’s about getting moving, it’s about respecting yourself and your body, it’s about that release of endorphins coursing through your body!
‘Exercise should be a celebration of what your body can do- not a punishment for what you’ve eaten and sometimes we forget that.
‘We need to remember that health looks different on everyone and just because you aren’t a size 0 with a six pack doesn’t mean you aren’t fit & well! You can be a size 12, be super strong and resilient, train all the time, love yoga, get 8 hours a night, give birth to avocados, love the woman you’re becoming & still have a wobbly butt!
‘Similarly you can be a size 6 and have never set foot inside a gym, eat chips all the time, barely sleep & be wracked with anxiety! Please please PLEASE ladies: do not confuse ‘thin’ with ‘healthy.’
‘Also do not covet another woman’s shape or worse criticism them. Slim or curvy- sometimes it just the way we are made and quite frankly I believe that variety is the spice of life anyway.’
The former Geordie Shore star said people forget that exercise should be a celebration of what you can do instead of punishment for the things you’ve eaten. Pictured: Vicky in 2015
Vicky explained that being healthy looks different on every body and size shouldn’t be used to interpret overall health. Pictured: Vicky in 2018
Vicky urged her almost 5 million followers to stop coveting another woman’s body shape, regardless if they’re slim or curvy
She went on to add that women shouldn’t spend their time focused on following strict exercise regimes.
Vicky said: ‘Everyone’s bodies are different and there are so many determining factors- genetics, height, natural shape to name but a few! So do not spend too much time comparing yourself to others and training to extremes in a desperate pursuit of perfection- train to be strong, to be happy, to be healthy and anything else that comes along with it… Is just a bonus.
‘We are all fabulously flawed and beautiful in our own way remember that!! So on today,
‘I encourage you beautiful lot to be more like the lass in the second half of these photos! I’d describe my body type as likes to workout but never says no to a cookie. And honestly, I’ve never been happier or healthier! Find something you love, that is good for you and do more of that!’
Vicky who in 2013 went from a size 16 to a size six within just a few months, has been a victim of body shaming in the past.
Vicky told her followers that it’s best to find an exercise that they love and never say no to what they want to eat. Pictured: Vicky in January 2020
Having consistently shared her workouts, the star became an ambassador of WW earlier this year in the hopes of embracing a healthy lifestyle.
Vicky’s latest post struck a chord with many of her followers who’ve struggled with their body image and racked up almost 100,000 likes.
One person wrote: ‘This is so inspiring and such a healthier view of health and fitness to what you normally see online. Feeds my soul’
‘You’re now a great role model to women well done! In those first photos you look so sad,’ another said.
A third added: ‘You look so much happier now. I’m pregnant at the moment and for the first time in my life I actually love my body. I regret wasting so much time over the years wishing I was that little bit thinner. Gimmie all the burgers’
A flood of Instagram users commented to praise Vicky for being ‘inspiring’ and said she looks happier now than ever before