Fitness Instagram VS Reality

Fitness Instagram VS Reality

It's not all rainbows and sunshine.

We all see those fitness pages and models all over social media right? All their perfect bodies and workouts and eating habits? I’m here to tell you that it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. They only post the good poses that make them look flawless and even then they filter the photos. They also only post when they are making a healthy recipe or eating “clean” in that moment. They aren’t going to post that spoon full of cookie dough they impulsively ate at midnight that night or the giant piece of chocolate cake they had at a party. Fitness pages only show you the good angles and the healthy choices. They don’t really include the struggles.

I would like to share an example of myself. If you have read some of my previous articles or know me, you know I’m prepping for my first NPC Bikini show this year. This means I have lost a lot of weight and am working really hard for it. I do like to post pictures of my progress on social media to help show people that it’s possible to do what I’m doing and to see awesome results from healthy, smart eating and exercise. I’m also guilty of choosing the pictures that make me look the best too. But who isn’t? That’s normal. I just wanted to be real with you for a second and include some pictures of me just standing normal vs a common “good angle” pose to make it look better.

As you can see my standing at an angle to show off my flat mid-section doesn’t look the same as when I’m just relaxing sitting down. Pretty much everyone’s stomach has folds in it when you sit down. No need to be ashamed. It’s normal.

For this second picture, my booty looks pretty okay to me in the first picture but looks soooo much better in the second one when I pop my hip to stick it out a bit.

Above is just another example from one of my favorite online fitness role models. See? It’s not just me. Now I’m not saying that the fitness models on social media who look flawless are fake. They still look amazing with/without the filters and angles. I’m just reminding you that we ARE NOT perfect. We have bad angles and we have cheat meals and hard days where we just can’t say no to a chocolate bar. We are all human. Just remember that most of the time the fitness pages are showing you the best of times. So don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect like that.

If you mess up, brush it off and keep going because that’s the reality of the fitness world. You just never give up!

Cover Image Credit: Trista Ison

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5 Steps To Putting Your Bad Day On A Cloud And Watching It Float Away

Here's a hint: Dogs.

Bad days. They happen. Bad weeks. They also happen. It's nothing to get discouraged about...they're normal. Life wouldn't be the hell of a rollercoaster we know all too well without them. In fact, if someone told me they've never had a day where they come home and tell themselves "Today was absolutely horrible," they're lying.

Things to get you through the bad days?

1. Curling up with a fuzzy blanket and spending time with you and only you.

Sometimes, all you need is to be alone. People can be overwhelming, no matter how much you love the certain special ones in your life. This is the time to take a deep breath, lay on the floor in the center of you room, and play the "Your Favorite Coffeehouse" playlist on Spotify (my personal favorite), and just let it all out.

2. Go adventuring!

Who doesn't love a good spontaneous adventure? Whatever it may be, it can cover up the bad events of the day and give you something to smile about!

3. Spend time with your best friend.

They know that if you just want silence, they'll give it to you. Sit and watch a movie, eat some Chinese food, and focus on forgetting about what happened while having their presence. A silent room with the people you love in it can go a long way.

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Honestly, this is always going to be an option on how to get happy again because who doesn't love these furry creatures? The answer is always dogs. Lots and lots of dogs.

5. Remember one key thing...

Tomorrow will always come. The moon will fall and the sun will rise and just like that, it's a brand new day. You can always start fresh, ready to take on the day more than ever. Get your revenge on the past day, make it feel bad for putting you down, and kick some ass.

The important thing to keep in mind is good days happen too...way more often than bad ones. There are days that you wake up, feel fantastic, and go head first into the morning feeling and knowing you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. And when those days happen, the bad ones blur into your distant memory and it's like they never even happened.

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