For those of you that have been a part of my journey for a while, you know that my IG was originally only fitness content. When I first started my IG, this was my intention. I had created my account for the sole purpose of staying motivated and accountable when it came to living a healthy lifestyle. It was encouraging seeing others consistently working, posting their healthy recipes, and sharing their fitness journey.
I kept my account strictly fitness for almost two years. As time passed though, there were a few things that didn’t resonate well with me. I was still feeling motivated and inspired to lead a healthier life, so obviously that was a positive thing. But, I was also comparing myself to others more than before. I would be comparing why my progress wasn’t “as good” or as quick as someone else’s. I became fairly fixated on what it would take to get abs. I started feeling like I had to maintain a certain body in order for people to want to still follow me. I was stressed about the number of cheat meals I could have per week. Anytime I was invited out somewhere my first thought was, “Okay, so that will be my cheat meal..” I started thinking…this is not the life I want. Yes, I want to feel confident in my own skin but I did not want my life to be dependent on working out every day, only having 1 cheat meal a week, not being able to have wine when I want, feeling like a social hermit because I have to plan being social around my eating schedule.
On top of that, I forgot about all the other things that I truly loved before fitness. Like, I started this blog originally to share my style and beauty tips. This was way before I started my IG. I started to realize that I lost a lot of who I actually was because I became so fixated on fitness and having the “perfect” body in the process. The so-called healthy lifestyle I was living wasn’t actually healthy.
To be super real for a second, I really discovered my biggest pet peeve on social media throughout this process. I had to start unfollowing certain fitness accounts and start incorporating more non-fitness related content into my feed because I felt like I was getting into a negative head space. So back to my biggest pet peeve…I can’t stand when people eat something that isn’t “heathy” and then feel the need to either justify it with #BALANCED or say something along the lines of how they felt super shitty about eating something but then realized that its okay to eat certain foods, and life is all about balance, and then talk about how #balanced they are lol. Sorry, not try to be a hater here BUT it irritates me because no one should have to justify why they aren’t eating something “healthy.” And how about stop TALKING about balance every day and just practice it? I think by continually talking about it, it gives it power and just adds fuel to the fire. And don’t get me wrong, these types of posts are fine here and there and I think it’s an important message to share sometimes but DO WE HAVE TO SAY IT EVERY SINGLE POST? It’s like the bloating photos and the “real vs. also real” like, WE GET IT. We don’t need to see constantly.
At the end of the day, the real reason it gets to me is because in the past I was EXACTLY like that. I fell into the mindset and pattern of feeling like I had to justify to others and myself why it was okay to have more than 1 cheat meal, or why it was okay to miss a workout. I think while there are positive intentions, when it’s focused on so much it actually creates a negative head space.
So yeah, as time passed I just knew I didn’t want to continue my life in that way, and I realized that I want to share practical fitness tips that will help you feel confident in your own skin while still living a “normal” life. And as I mentioned earlier, style and beauty has always been a passion of mine so it made sense to create a space on IG and the blog that encompassed more lifestyle.
I feel like there will still be some changes coming up in this new year. Don’t worry, I won’t be doing away with my fitness content entirely, or my macros mondays lol, but I do know that I want to genuinely promote a lifestyle where you can have it all. Working towards your fitness goals, while still going out to eat, enjoying wine, going on vacation, etc. Just actually living.
So anyways! I will always be real and honest with you guys so I wanted to share this with you all. Can any of you guys relate to the feelings I was having with my fitness account? Whether it’s yes or no, let’s talk about it! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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