People like to post nice-looking photos of themselves; that’s just human nature. Nobody wants the world to see the real them—the one who has rolls and wears the same shirt three times in a week. There’s a reason you check someone’s photos on Facebook to see what they look like, but any expert knows to check their “tagged” photos, taken by other people, to see what they really look like.
The world of Instagram is no different. Many of the platform’s top performers, with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers, spend countless hours making sure to capture the exact right angle, lighting and pose for the perfect pic. It’s no secret, but the world would rather assume these Insta-stars just rolled out of bed looking the way they look in their pictures.
One woman, a trainer named Anna Victoria, decided it was time to peel back the curtain and give her 1.2 million followers a different angle. Here’s the original photo she posted two days ago:
And here’s what she posted yesterday:
Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don’t change your worth ❤️ I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn’t see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I’m getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren’t going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal "flaws"? This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it’s happy not just because of how it looks, but because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body I will fuel it I will challenge it AND I will love it 💗💗💗 If you’re following my page, you’re a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement - thank you. #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides
Make sure to read the caption of the latter post, in which Anna breaks down the importance of a positive self-image regardless of what the camera captures. Then check out more Instas below, in which Victoria looks incredible while offering body-positive encouragement to her followers.
Ab check this morning after having a big ol’ plate of pasta last night 😍🍝 Balance is so important in a HEALTHY fitness journey. And I emphasize "healthy" because many are so afraid to eat anything not healthy or "clean" and while I will admit I’ve had similar thoughts myself, I immediately had to consciously remind myself how important it is to RELAX and just enjoy a meal without thinking how it will impact your body. - Being obsessed with being healthy and perfect 100% of the time to me is not healthy emotionally. Let’s put a stop to the "All Or Nothing" mentality. Your life shouldn’t revolve around the gym or eating salads. I wholeheartedly believe you should prioritize your health, so I DO eat healthy the majority of the time but I think it’s just as important to relax and have a "cheat" or "treat" meal once a week. - Understanding that ‘one meal won’t make you gain weight just like one meal won’t make you lose weight’ will help you practice healthier habits emotionally, mentally and physically. So next time you’re out with friends or family, enjoy it! You deserve it 😘 you may be bloated after (I def was last night) but in the morning you’ll be back to normal, as I was this morning. Actually, my abs popped even more 😂🤔 so just remember…balance. #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides
Watch this if you need some tough love 😼💪 The full talk is on snapchat. I want to also add that there’s a difference between taking a day off because your body needs it, and taking a day off because you’re being lazy. It’s SO important to listen to your body if you’re pushing it too hard and if that’s the case, one extra rest day won’t hurt your results and in fact will likely help them. But sometimes the line being "listening to your body" and actually being lazy gets blurred. I know this because it happens to me too and I find myself making excuses when in fact, I just need to stop being lazy and get up and go even when I don’t feel like it 😝 Change requires getting uncomfortable so get comfortable with being uncomfortable 😘 Tag a friend if this motivated you! 🤗 #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides