Don’t let anyone fool you, especially those pretty put-together instagram folks, no one is perfect. It’s so very simple to take photos or share the one tiny corner of your life that is clean, tidy, skinny, modern, detailed, polished, or beautified while ignoring the other 98% that is “normal.” (I cannot tell you how long we discussed “what is normal and who decides it?” in my abnormal psych class in college.) Anyway, today’s post is a raw one. A real one.
So, if you’ve been keeping up with me at all over the last several months, you know I’m working hard on my fitness journey to lose weight, gain confidence, and be fit. I’ve made so many great strides. When I’m having a good mental day, I feel really good about myself. But then I have those days where I don’t. Those days where all I see are lumps and bumps, stretch marks, bruises, and just how much further I have to go in my journey.
Those days it’s hard to remember how far I’ve come. It’s hard to remember that I’m not the only person out there who isn’t perfect. I posted a “progress” photo the other day on instagram and while most people have been simply wonderful it’s hard to deal with some of the things others have said. Things I’ve heard:
- Um, whoa. I had no idea you looked like that.
- It’s taken you 7 months?
- I mean…look at your arm!
- Still losing that weight? Lookin’ better.
First of all, yes, I was a lot larger and unhappy with myself when I started. That’s a known fact to me. Why do you think I wanted to change? But some people, when they say these things, it’s not in the “nice criticism” way. It’s more of the “wow, I had no idea you were so gross and why did it take you so long to get to now.” (Before you yell at me for getting upset over criticism over a photo I willingly put out into the world – don’t. I opened myself up to it.) I’m certainly strong enough to smile away the negativity if it were to give someone else out there hope.
Anyway, it is just one of those days where I’m focusing on remembering why I do this. That not everything I see is perfect for everyone else either. I could tidy up one corner of my apartment and make it look magazine amazing, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the place looks like a tornado went through it. Those beautiful people on instagram likely aren’t so polished and lump-free all the time either.
Unbroken people are a rare find. And I’m ok. I’m perfectly normal and perfectly me.
TODAY I LOVE: garden fresh tomatoes