Before and after photos are always an inspiration to us mortals who want to slim down and look fitter. Particularly those who have gone from large to literally ripped. It’s amazing to see those kinds of photos, because they show that it’s possible to be fit and slim, and to just be the way we always want to be.
However, as you probably knew before, and as we talked about before here, not all before and after photos are what they seem at first.
This photo posted by Jessica Pack on her Instagram is a case in point. This may look like a transformation photo, but believe it or not, these two photos were taken 30 seconds apart.
🚨 This is not a transformation photo 🚨 This week I’ve decided to do the 30 second transformation photo. These pics were taken second apart this morning. On the left my posture is poor, I’m pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my gross, unsightly and horrid love handles. These are often concealed by my high waisted pants and bottoms that do fit so much better now. As much as it pains me to showcase these, it also proves that my body isn’t perfect and that I still have work to do and fat to lose (I’m working so hard to get rid of my love handles and lower tummy fat. Yes it has dramatically reduced already but it still exists and I’m still insecure about it). On the right I’m standing straight and comfortably. I’m lightly flexing and I’ve adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles. I’m thankful for bikini bottoms that now fit well and hide these but I’m also trying to show that they still exist quite a bit and that not everything we see meets the eye here on social media. You can show you best angles and hide your flaws but at the end of the day what we chose to showcase is a reflection of ourselves. My body isn’t perfect. I still have imperfections and flaws that I’m slowly learning to be comfortable with. I want to be real and honest and open. Yes I’ve accomplished a lot, but yes my body still has less than ideal days when it doesn’t look its best. Fitness and health is not a fix. It’s not a destination. It’s a lifestyle. If you force your progress you know who you are cheating?! You. You only cheat you. Yes I like to show my best most of the time but I’ve also realized by not showing my worst that it only harms myself. Being vulnerable and imperfect is hard but lying to yourself is worse. I know I’m hard on myself, it’s a flaw on its own, but I’m slowly learning to be gentle and kind but it starts with being truthful to myself and knowing and understanding my imperfections and realizing that, although they exist, they don’t define me. I am not a before picture. I am not an after picture. I am not fat nor am I perfect. I’m flawed. I’m scarred. I’m insecure. But I’m learning and I’m hopeful that one day I’ll fully love me 💕
The photo that was posted by Jessica last year to her now-171k followers, and it just goes to show that not all seemingly fit and amazing Instagram models look as good as on the photo.
The photo on the left, she’s standing a bit hunched, with the bikini bottoms pulled down around her hips jutting her stomach out. The other one is where she’s stood a little bit straighter and flexing just a tiny bit. It seems to make all the difference.
“You can show your best angles and hide your flaws but at the end of the day what we choose to showcase is a reflection of ourselves,” writes Pack in her post. “My body isn’t perfect. I still have imperfections and flaws that I’m slowly learning to be comfortable with. I want to be real and honest and open.”
If you take a look at her Instagram today, you’ll see that she looks great, but don’t forget that it’s all in the posing and the way the picture is taken. So in case you ever feel discouraged about your physique, just remember this.