Instead of a “Video of the Week” this week, we’re channeling our motivation from one of our very own former cover girls, Kira Kosarin. The Thundermans star, musician and all-around beauty queen took to Instagram over the weekend to sound off on the touchy subject of body image. Kira proudly displayed an image with two pictures of herself, one from just a few short months ago at 126 lbs, and a current one at 136 lbs. Acknowledging the fact that society leads us to believe that a 10-lb weight gain is essentially 10 steps backwards, she goes on to gush about the opportunities she embraced in exchange for the 10 lbs and the contentment she feels about the whole process. Her overall message: “give yourself a freaking break.” Enjoy the ride, be healthy, but not at the expense of new experiences. Life is all about being real with yourself and achieving balance. Will it be easy? Not all the time. But we can all benefit from a little vulnerability and a reality check from someone who seems to have it all together. Read Kira’s full message below: 


“Quick note about weight loss and weight gain and giving yourself a freaking break ?

It’s so easy to say “Love yourself at every size!” and “give yourself a break!” to strangers on the Internet, but it’s another thing to actually try to practice it. So, in that spirit… This is me at 126lbs a few months ago, and me at 136lbs today, following 5 months of no working out (due to a back injury) and lots of international traveling and airport food.
I am the same person in both of these pictures. Sure, my hips are a little bigger now, my chin and cheekbones a little less pronounced, my cheeks a bit chubbier, and the gap between my thighs pretty much nonexistent. But I’m still me, and even better, I’m a new version of me who’s eaten so many new delicious things and had so many exciting adventures. I’ve taken the extra free time I’d normally spend working out to have movie nights with my friends and write music. I’ve gotten to enjoy fish and chips and chocolate biscuits in London and dark chocolate in Seattle and churros in Orlando.
Which picture is “really” me? They both are.
Now that I’m back home I’ll get back on my healthy eating journey, and hopefully my back will get better soon so I can get to work on getting strong again. I’ll eat kale and egg whites and do Pilates and love that workouts relieve so much stress. Sometimes I’ll eat Oreo cheesecake and that’ll be cool too. Some days I’ll go hiking until I can’t feel my quads and can’t stop sweating and smiling, and sometimes I’ll sit right where I am and enjoy every second of it.

I will love where I am while working to be where I’d like to be, and love the process as much as anything else. And most of all, every once in a while, like right now, I’ll give myself a freaking break.
And I hope you will too.”