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This Mom’s Stunning Before-And-After Photos Are Not What You Expect

People aren't fat. They have fat.

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Allison Kimmey is a body image lightning rod. Like, basically a goddess. Her Instagram feed is filled with gorgeous pictures of her at her happiest, rather than at her thinnest.

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

#revelation, amIright?

The mom of two shared with BuzzFeed where her before-and-after journey began. "My Instagram feed was FILLED with before-and-after weight loss pictures. I looked at my own life, and started to realize that my story looked quite different."

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

"After spending 15 years trying to achieve the perfect before-and-after photo, I was most alive right then, in that moment, being far heavier than I once was," Kimmey explains.

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

Over the summer, Kimmey's daughter called her fat in a fit over having to get out of the pool. Her response went viral.

Kimmey: "What did you say about me?"

Daughter: "I said you were fat, Mama. I'm sorry."

Kimmey: "Let's talk about it. The truth is, I am not fat. No one IS fat. It's not something you can BE. But I do HAVE fat. We ALL have fat. It protects our muscles and our bones and keeps our bodies going by providing us energy."

"In the moment, I knew that it was important for me to reassign a new meaning for this word that had plagued me most of my life. I knew that I didn't want her to grow up thinking that it was bad."

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

The mom's message is that happiness is not, and will never be, associated with a number on a scale.

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

And her growing number of followers couldn't agree more.

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

One commenter, lemdot, wrote: "@allisonkimmey Your confidence had [sic] inspired me to not only buy my first bikini 😬 but to work on my body image for myself and my two amazing little girls who gave me my 'glitter stripes!' Thank you for doing you!"

Kimmey's community is now a place where women can share and heal their body image wounds.

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

Instagram user tootiemariealexander commented: "Our families, especially the women in our families, think there's no consequence to what they say. I've struggled my whole life with overcoming the s*** that my mom my grandmother put in my brain about my body. And I work every single day to not do that to my daughters."

And the internet isn't the only place that Kimmey is inspiring people. Not long ago, her husband turned to her and confessed, "I've never told you, but you've inspired me too, to feel comfortable in my body."

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

Her greatest triumph? The Florida mom is beginning to see the impact her message and confidence have had on her children.

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

"I have heard the conversations we have had come full circle, and the ideals of compassion, and kindness, and respect for ALL being echoed in their behavior with their peers and adults and it is quite satisfying!" Kimmey gushed.

One more personal thank-you, Allison. You’ve helped me learn to love my body, too. Keep doing you.

Instagram: @allisonkimmey

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