- Jenna Johnson is a coach on Dancing With The Stars.
- The dancer posted “before” and “after” pictures on Thursday, along with insight into what has changed in her mindset since the “before” picture was taken.
- “The girl on the left didn’t trust herself,” she wrote, detailing the mental shift that has helped her get to a healthier place.
In a new Instagram post, Dancing With The Stars coach Jenna Johnson shared an old pic and got super-candid about how much her mental and physical health has changed since then.
“Pictured are two girls. And I LOVE both of them,” Jenna wrote in her post, next to “before” and “after” photos of herself. “The difference is, the girl on the left didn’t trust herself. Tried to cover herself up with a mask of makeup and that terrible flower crown. Feared what people thought about her. Didn’t know who she was. Tried to be what other people wanted. Was afraid to look up! And ultimately it reflected on her outward appearance.”
But Jenna said that now she’s “decided to embrace” herself and has “accepted” her insecurities, along with her acne. She says she “doesn’t wear makeup 90% of the time. Opened up. Took charge of her life and her identity. Blocked out the bullies and the critics who don’t know her. Tries everyday to love herself and know her worth!!”
She adds that one philosophy in particular has really changed her mindset: “’Love Your Brain, Love Your Life.’ I recently came across a video by Dr. Daniel Amen who gave this quote while talking about mental health. I was so struck by these words and really reflected on them.”
Jenna previously told WomensHealthMag.com that she once had a “terrible” relationship with food. “I was scared of food and had a terrible relationship with it,” she said. “I would cut something out and then binge on it.” But Jenna said she was eventually able to change her mindset about food—and ended up losing weight in the process.
“Looking at food as fuel has been a game changer for me,” she said.
Jenna now says that while her latest post is about body positivity, it’s also about so much more than that.
“Maybe some of you thought this was only a ‘body positivity’ post (which it is too),” she wrote. “But more importantly it’s a BRAIN POSITIVITY post. It’s crazy how much effort and care we put into our physical bodies to keep them healthy and working… but why don’t we put that same effort into our brain?! And our mental health?!”
She goes on to give herself kudos for changing her mindset—while expressing gratitude for both women pictured: “Anyways, I’m grateful for both women pictured. Grateful for all that I’ve gone through. And I’M PROUD OF HOW FAR I’VE COME! And how HARD I’ve worked on both my physical and mental health!”