Chinae Alexander explains that despite having reservations about "how her stomach looked", she posted the image to show that even the most confident people experience self-doubt.

By Julia Malacoff
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Chinae Alexander is nothing short of an amazing role model, especially in a wellness world that's obsessed with fitness before-and-after photos. (Seriously, even Kayla Itsines has some thoughts on what people get wrong about transformation photos.) Instead of comparing her "old" self to her "new" self, Chinae is more of an "enjoy the journey" type, which is likely why so many people love following her. Not just a health and fitness influencer, she often posts about everything from career ambitions to mental health to feminism-showing that while she definitely has her fitness game on lock, she's also generally a badass role model in life.

That's why a recent post she made caught our eye. Alongside a cute photo of herself in a bikini, Chinae shared that initially, she didn't want to post this image because she didn't love how her stomach looked in it. It's refreshing to see someone influential opening up about how confidence doesn't always come easy. (Related: Don't Let Haters Squash Your Self-Confidence)

So how does she turn things around in moments like these? "I think understanding that everyone struggles with body image is the first and most important step," she tells Shape exclusively. "In life in general, knowing you aren't alone is empowering on its own." Aside from that mindset adjustment, she also has a clever mental trick for giving negative thoughts less power. "Rather than dwelling on them, I try to accept that they exist and then do something that's positive for myself to battle that negative thought pattern," she says.

Plus, she points out that the journey to loving your body *as is* isn't something that happens overnight. "Changing your body image isn't like turning a light switch off," she wrote. "It's a daily act of forgiving your own imperfection and CHOOSING to see your worthiness. So yeah. We all suck at this. But with grace, each other, and some sanity nachos... we suck less over time."

Overall, we'd definitely say we are in support of sanity nachos-and a little extra kindness toward ourselves when it comes to gaining body confidence.

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