After announcing her #TheWayItLooksToUs Instagram campaign earlier this week, Drew Barrymore revealed her big weight loss through the hashtag and made an important point in the process. Barrymore has made some changes in her life recently, one of which happens to be a renewed commitment to fitness and that means that recently, she’s lost weight. While Barrymore appreciates that her journey has made her healthier, she wants people to understand two major takeaways: It can be “hard AF” to prioritize yourself, and you should love your body “whatever package it comes in.”
Barrymore took to Instagram on Friday, revealing a series of fitness- and weight loss-related photos that fit with the #TheWayItLooksToUs theme. “When I look at Instagram, I am made to think I should be at my best self. But most days, I lack consistency due to real life,” said Barrymore, an actor, producer, director, author and mother of daughters Olive, 6, and Frankie, 4.
It’s OK, Barrymore underscores, to need help and to ask for it. For Barrymore, that meant enlisting Marnie Alton, founder of La Barre Belle fitness studio in Los Angeles.
Even though Barrymore enlisted fitness guru Marnie Alton to help, having someone to assist you in your own weight loss journey doesn’t automatically guarantee results; you still have to put in the work. So, Barrymore got real in her Instagram caption in a way that most of us can relate to, whether it’s due to hectic schedules or sluggish metabolisms or any other number of things.
“This takes me [sic] so much work. Diet and exercise and fighting like a lion for it! Damn you genetics! And yet thank you for all the good stuff. I love where I come from (JOHN ETHEL LIONEL) and whatever package it comes in,” Barrymore added, giving a shout-out to her famous family lineage. “I just know that I have the control to be what I want. Even if it is hard AF!”
The good news, as Barrymore caption reveals, doing the work is both hard and easy because it’s a true test that reveals what we’re capable of, whether it’s physically-, mentally- or emotionally-rooted. We’re capable, we’re worth it and this Instagram campaign is a reminder of that.