Jess Pack had a pretty discouraging experience in a dressing room this week. The 26-year-old Florida life coach—who goes by @plankingforpizza on Instagram—wrote in a post that while she was trying on clothes, the “terrible dressing room lighting” made her feel “lumpy and squishier than normal.” Cue what she calls the “itty bitty shitty committee” chiming in—AKA negative body talk. Pack caught herself hating on her body, and knew she had to make it stop. Her solution: Put on an outfit that she knew she could “rock the hell out of” and pose for the camera. She shared the photo on Instagram, along with an uplifting message to all women who’ve ever left a store with low self-esteem.
“I might not be where I want to be, but I refuse to let a bad shopping experience lower my self esteem and worth because I know I’ve worked hard and continually fight every day to be better than those demons,” Pack wrote. “I refuse to let a size or terrible fit of pants make me think I haven’t been trying hard enough or that I’m still where I started. You are so much more than what you look like or what pant size you are.”
Pack paired her inspiring message with the hashtag #cellulitesaturday, joining in on the viral trend of women proudly showing their cellulite on Instagram. She wants women to know any so-called “imperfections,” like cellulite, don’t have power over them.
“Never let something like cellulite or muffin top or a bad shopping experience make you feel less of yourself,” she wrote. “Those things do not define you unless you let them. Be better than those demons.”
Pack’s experience is, unfortunately, relatable for so many women. Commenters have thanked Pack for her inspiring words—”I needed to read this,” wrote one commenter—and others have shared how they squashed negative body talk, too. “Girl, I know exactly how you feel. The dressing room used to be my worst enemy, and I’m proud to say I’m in a good place with myself mentally and physically, even though I’m not quite where I want to be yet!” one inspiring commenter wrote. Over 12,000 people have liked Pack’s post to date.
Hopefully, Pack’s photo can help more and more women leave dressing rooms with their body confidence intact, feeling more beautiful than ever. As Pack perfectly puts it: “You are intelligent and loving and strong and so much more. You’re beautifully YOU.” Life hack: Write this empowering quote on a Post-it and keep it in your wallet for the next time you’re shopping.
Read Jess Pack’s inspiring Instagram post below.
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