Before transitioning, many transgendered people like 24-year-old Colter Alexander talk about feeling like they were born into the wrong body.
“Since I was a kid, my brain has always yelled ‘male,’ trapped in this weird bird cage that curves wrong. It was time I put myself first,” Colter told the Daily Mail. “I made the change because the more I looked in the mirror, the more depressed I became. My life was at a standstill and I don’t do well stagnant.”
Colter has been using Instagram to document the changes in his body as he develops from a woman into a man using hormone therapy. He’s been on this journey for four years now, but one of the procedures that the Denver native has yet to have is breast augmentation. Though he intends to undergo the procedure in the next few months, Colter tapes back his breasts left behind from his former body as a way to achieve a more masculine silhouette in the meantime.
Uploading something so personal for the internet to see is incredibly brave and admirable. It takes guts and that’s clearly something Colter isn’t lacking.
“I feel more confident every day,” he said. “My testosterone levels have been up and down over the last three years, but those hard times only made me stronger.”
When Colter was just eight, living life as a little girl called Sasha, he remembers feeling like he was meant to be a male. It wasn’t until he was 20 years old when he decided to stop hiding his true feelings and start transitioning.
“I’ve learned to love parts of myself I may have never discovered before. There’s a lot going on upstairs all the time but when you have to battle yourself every day, you learn, you learn a new appreciation for loving yourself.”
Most recently Colter opted to eat a plant-based diet to achieve his weight goals and has been documenting his fitness progress on Instagram, too.
“My changes in my weight have been made in the gym and with a healthy diet. I was pescatarian shortly after my transition, then went vegetarian for two years and I have been vegan for the last three months,” he says. He hopes that his lifestyle changes will help prove that you can be muscular and strong by abstaining from animal proteins.
Keep posting, Colter. We’ll keep double tapping.