Jana Roller is a bodybuilding mom from B.C. and she is not here for your body-shaming. Two years ago after struggling with post-partum depression and binge eating after the birth of her son, Jana turned her life around, lost almost half her body weight and got into bodybuilding. An inspiring story, right? Well, duh. But apparently everyone didn’t think so.
When she participated in her first amateur bodybuilding competition a few days ago, that seemed like a fantastic achievement both personally and for body positivity. Other participants at the show told Jana she was an inspiration and she was overwhelmed with support.
That feeling fell flat a little while later when she went online to view the competition photos. Jana was in the group photo, but the individual shot she had taken was not posted like those of the other women.
Wondering how she got missed, Jana emailed the photographer to find out where her photo was. He responded that he thought since she wasn’t “stage lean” she might be embarrassed and not want her photo posted.
“It felt like just because I wasn’t stage lean that I didn’t deserve the same recognition or that I wouldn’t want the same recognition” she told CTV.
Determined to show that she was not at all ashamed of her body, but rather proud of how far she had come and where she was going, Jana posted the photo to Facebook. She accompanied the image with her story and the reminder that every single body has a story.
“We need to give honor to where we are in our journies in time. That’s equally important to those who have made it to the end result,” she said.
Jana intends to compete more and has even completed a certificate in personal training so that she can help others reach their fitness goals.
It’s really unfortunate that in this age of body positivity, there are still stories like this one where people assume that someone should feel shame for the way they look. We’re just glad there are body positivity warriors like Jana out there to share their stories and remind people that every body is beautiful.