I follow a variety of different fitness accounts on Instagram…@gymlooks, @motivationforfitness, and
@motivatefitpage just to name a few. Every day when I scroll through my feed I am
bombarded with photos of women with perfect bodies doing yoga in their underwear, hitting the gym
with their washboard abs in sports bras and spandex, and of course smiling the whole way through.
While enjoying my morning tea and daily dose of confidence destruction it dawned on me that for the
average population, this isn’t what fitness or weight loss looks like. If someone took pictures of us
actually working out, we would be grimacing, gasping for air, and sweating our asses off. The truth is
that while we may power through some workouts with ample motivation and intensity, real people also struggle through some workouts and even struggle finding the motivation to workout. We don’t claim to survive only on kale smoothies and quinoa. We slip up on our diets (a lot). We hit snooze. We struggle with days of low self-esteem, feeling fat, insecurities, problem areas, bloating, and low energy. But we know how to get through these problems. We know how to pick ourselves back up and use them to fuel the fire. We aren’t afraid to admit that we work really hard…and still aren’t perfect. The fact of the matter is that fitness isn’t about perfection-it is about the journey. Each stumble gets us a little bit closer to the goal of self-acceptance. And that really is what empowerment is about.