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Julie Mazziotta
November 28, 2016 04:39 PM

Black Friday shopping is already crazy, but for Jessica Pack, her body insecurity made it even worse.

Pack, who shares fitness inspiration and messages of body positivity with her 141 thousand followers on Instagram, shared her experience of fighting through negative thoughts about her body while shopping over the holiday weekend.

Pack says she started obsessing over her perceived imperfections, but rather than let them get her down, she showed them off.

“So today was an unsuccessful shopping day. Nothing fit. Terrible dressing room lighting made me feel lumpy and squishier than normal,” Pack writes. “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 everyday to be better than those demons.”

Pack instead “put on an outfit you know that you can rock the hell out of” — in her case, a crop top and shorts that proudly displayed her cellulite.

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“Your worth and value and meaning to society is not determined by the texture and look of your thighs or tummy,” she says. ” … I refuse to let something as common and as silly as cellulite make me feel less of myself. 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 is known for her inspiring, body positive posts. The Orlando, Florida, native was one of the first people to post with #30SecondTransformation, to show how misleading Instagram before-and-after photos can be.

🚨 This is not a transformation photo 🚨 This week I've decided to do the 30 second transformation photo. These pics were taken second apart this morning. On the left my posture is poor, I'm pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my gross, unsightly and horrid love handles. These are often concealed by my high waisted pants and bottoms that do fit so much better now. As much as it pains me to showcase these, it also proves that my body isn't perfect and that I still have work to do and fat to lose (I'm working so hard to get rid of my love handles and lower tummy fat. Yes it has dramatically reduced already but it still exists and I'm still insecure about it). On the right I'm standing straight and comfortably. I'm lightly flexing and I've adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles. I'm thankful for bikini bottoms that now fit well and hide these but I'm also trying to show that they still exist quite a bit and that not everything we see meets the eye here on social media. You can show you best angles and hide your flaws but at the end of the day what we chose to showcase is a reflection of ourselves. My body isn't perfect. I still have imperfections and flaws that I'm slowly learning to be comfortable with. I want to be real and honest and open. Yes I've accomplished a lot, but yes my body still has less than ideal days when it doesn't look its best. Fitness and health is not a fix. It's not a destination. It's a lifestyle. If you force your progress you know who you are cheating?! You. You only cheat you. Yes I like to show my best most of the time but I've also realized by not showing my worst that it only harms myself. Being vulnerable and imperfect is hard but lying to yourself is worse. I know I'm hard on myself, it's a flaw on its own, but I'm slowly learning to be gentle and kind but it starts with being truthful to myself and knowing and understanding my imperfections and realizing that, although they exist, they don't define me. I am not a before picture. I am not an after picture. I am not fat nor am I perfect. I'm flawed. I'm scarred. I'm insecure. But I'm learning and I'm hopeful that one day I'll fully love me 💕

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“Never let something like cellulite or muffin top or a bad shopping experience make you feel less of yourself,” she adds. “Those things do not define you unless you let them.”

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