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Your Thighs Can Jiggle Like Wonder Woman’s Too!

I’ve been kicking around the idea of sharing this photo and opening up this conversation for over a week, and then my boyfriend “shared” a Facebook memory from a year ago, a beautiful picture of us in which I had “smoothed” over my cellulite with an app before I even let him post it, and I realized how far I’ve come on my body confidence journey, so now I’m going to share my story of thigh-jiggle-freedom.

Just a beautiful couple on an Italian dinner date + legs smoother than a babies bottom (thanks, Facetune app!)
I have been SO AMPED in the last few weeks reading about how excited people are that they saw Wonder Woman’s legs jiggle on “the big screen.” Sure, she’s a fit, goddess, powerhouse with perfectly toned quads, but the choice to empower little girls, women and even men to watch how a women’s body naturally moves when jumping around is raising the bar for acceptance of ALL jiggly bodies.

Then, last week, I wore the shortest romper I’ve ever worn in public, after a lifetime of swearing off shorts for my cellulite covered “thunder thighs” (as the boys in 8th grade called them.) We were on a road trip through Rhode Island, eventually heading towards the beach and I decided it was finally the day to REALLY let my thighs breath. We stopped first in Providence, RI so I could get a tattoo to memorialize my father, but had arrived a bit early to my appointment, so we jumped out of the car to walk around Federal Hill with Rebel & check out the cool street art.

Road trips are tough work with these two.
I was so self conscious the first twenty steps of our walk, noticing immediately how much natural air I could feel on the thighs I had hid from the world for so long, trying to catch a glimpse of my reflection in every storefront to see what my legs looked like in motion.

All of a sudden I remembered Superwoman and her infamous thigh jiggle and I thought to myself “I am fucking Wonder Woman!” Just like that, I carried on through a beautiful sunny walk, one hand in my boyfriends, the other holding Rebels leash and the thoughts of my thighs melted away. True progress.

Later that day I saw that Dan had posted this picture of me on his Insta story. For the briefest second I considered being mortified that he’d share this angle of me to the world, but very quickly my mind course-corrected to say “DAYUMMM GIRL, YOU GOT IT GOING ON!”
The next thing I realized about this picture is how I’m smiling as I’m talking to the tattoo artist– and that’s because I was telling him the story of my dads only tattoo, a Packer G on his left deltoid that he claimed to have had the tattoo artist “use an extra long needle so it would go to the bone.” I got to remember my favorite parts of my dad, a goofy Packer fan, in a typically uncomfortable position where I was getting his words immortalized on my wrist, and for that I am so glad this photo exists.

The best reminder on how to keep on living.
Today, let your thighs breath, and if you’re scared, remember that you’re Wonder Woman too!


Buen Camino!

I am Shelby, a 25 years old “traveling” critical care nurse who will soon be leaving the comfort of her West Newton, MA apartment to embark on a grand adventure! On June 29th 2017 I am flying to Paris, France for the beginning of a two month excursion that will end with my completion of the Camino de Santiago, a 500+ mile trek across Spain.


Originally from the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I have spent the last two years doing contracted nursing work around Boston, MA. Travel nursing has opened my eyes to a country and world that are begging to be explored, in the last two years I have not stopped: searching for new mountains to climb, compiling a list of the best lobster rolls in New England (#1: Eventide, Portland ME),  or enjoying “unemployment” between contracts by celebrating Christmas in Thailand and backpacking the John Muir Trail in California.



I’ve used my Instagram account, @sisu_shelby, as a sort-of-blog for sometime to promote and share my travels, body positivity, weight loss in the ketogenic lifestyle, hiking/camping excursions and incredible partnership with my boyfriend + our lazy black lab. It’s intimidating to begin this venture into a new medium in which to share my stories, but there doesn’t seem to be a better opportunity than with the momentum I have in preparing for my pilgrimage across Spain! This platform will be used in a very diverse way to acknowledge all of the places I find magic in life, but will focus on my journey overseas for the next two months.


I have a lot to say, am sloppy with words, and take too many iPhone pictures, but don’t let that stop you from following my journey.

Buen Camino! Happy Blogging!