Sometimes looking at pictures of fit bodies can feel daunting. But remember, the photos can be misleading. We only ever get to see the 'perfect ones.' What about the ones at awkward angles or that show a little roll or wrinkle? Imgur user SomewhereUnderWater has attempted to tackle this head on. She posted the above series of photos under the title "Reality Check." She captioned the photo with this wonderful message:
We aren't barbies. We are made of flesh and blood. These are all the same body — my body. I have worked hard for this body and I am proud of this body. In a world were [sic] we are surrounded by the images of our friends highlight reel sometimes it's good to see a little reality so we can keep our expectations real. No matter where you are on your body's journey, be proud and love yourself. Make goals because you love your body not because you hate it.This post has generated a lot of positive feedback from people who feel the same way, people who have worked really hard and feel discouraged when they don't have a flat belly 24/7. The comments have been so overwhelmingly positive that she has updated the caption on her photo to reflect her gratitude.
I saw an article on a blog about a year ago that was very similar, and it shattered my unrealistic expectations on my own body and also gave me the further realization that "hey, even fit healthy people struggle with body image." We all struggle with body image, we are all in this together! The important thing is that we love our bodies — and when I say that I mean that we care for our bodies. We won't always like everything that they do, or the path they have gone down or everything that happens to them but we do have to love them (like family). Respect them, guide them, show them kindness, mercy, forgiveness, push them to be their best with positive affirmation and encouragement! Be thankful for them. So much love to all of you, truly, deeply from the bottom of my heart. Every body has it's awkward moments — be kind to yourself and others.EXACTLY! Don't let the images you see get you down. We are all different, we are all unique. What you see are the most perfect photos, in the most perfect lighting, from the most perfect angles. Even the most beautiful bodies have their flaws. We are imperfect and that is perfectly okay.