I was scrolling through my Instagram feed
and I saw a slew of fit folks that claim they always eat healthily.
Which at that point, I did what any person would do. I frowned and let out an “ugh,” followed by a “good for you.”
I have to be in the mood to see the spunky “LOOK AT ME I’M FIT” type of post. You’re probably thinking, wait, don’t you work out every day and help others reach their fitness goals? The answer is yes, but I’m human. Sometimes I need a break, and I want my timeline to fill with folks eating ice cream, fried chicken, pasta, cakes, and pies. And not to mention drinking Margaritas and wine.
There is no way your cheat meal consists of an EXTRA scoop of protein powder.
What the heck kind of cheat meal is that? I probably add way too much protein daily.
Those fitness jerks can make you feel like giving up and say, “well, I will never be fit because there is no way I could ever be that discipline and eat that clean.”
I’m here to tell you that Yes You Can. You can do whatever you put your mind to. Also, the images you see on Instagram should not play a role in how you view yourself. I say ugg because I don’t believe a word they are writing for their captions. And I wish that we could normalize honesty.
The idea prompted me to sit back and think about ways that I could lead the cause. My first was my daughter and how she views herself after looking at Instagram. I HATE that even someone with a high self-esteem, smart as a whip, presidential scholarship to a prestigious school, and family that would kill for her still slightly falls uncertain.
Normalizing Honesty On Social Media
- Expose who you are~ Let the world see the unfiltered you and post it with confidence. Know you are beautiful without all the extra and fall in love with what you look like.
- Keep it honest with what you eat on a daily basis~ We shouldn’t be ashamed because we want a brownie or two. It’s normal to want greasy food sometimes and not work out after you eat it.
- It’s okay to post that you are second-guessing who you are or what you want your life to consist of. Guess what it’s okay to not be okay. And it’s okay not to know what you want out of life.
- Encourage women to be something other than an Instagram model ~ some little girls are brilliant but may not look like what society feels is ‘BEAUTIFUL”. So they allow doubt of their exterior to determine their self-worth. Young people are easily influenced and unfortunately some buy into the false perception.
- Hashtags are HUGE, and kids pay attention to every single one that’s posted. So with that in mind, normalize cleaning them up a bit. We don’t have to over-sexualize everything.
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12 Replies to “5 Ways To Normalize Honesty on Social Media”
YES! I appreciate this so much. As someone who enjoys working out, I try to follow some fitness accounts on Instagram but it is so hard to find ones that aren’t fake. I also cannot stand in the insta fit industry the theme–if you do exactly what I do, you’ll look like me. It drives me nuts because that is completely not true. Thank you for taking initiative to push honesty on social media. It is so important for all people, especially young minds, to be exposed to honesty.
I constantly think about how damaging this new wave of fitness influencers can be due to photo shopping, filters, and even things as simple as posing in certain positions. Young people who see these photos are led to believe they are achievable standards to reach, when they aren’t because those standards are literally fake.
We need more people like you!
Thank you so much for stopping bye! It frustrates me so much when I see all the photoshopping going on. You are so right about “you can look like me” 🤨 ughhh
I’m trying so hard to get young girls to feel confident about what they look like and own it.
I appreciate your kind words so much!
You better say that!!!
“And I wish that we could normalize honesty.”
I wish we could too and thank you for posting this!
Nice piece, and Yes to normalizing honesty
Thank you! There is way too many people prompting surgeries and false dreams.
Welcome. Yes, so true.
Thank you so much!!!
We need a bit of a purge on social media and one way to start spreading honesty is to start practicing it in our own small ways! Truth spreads. 🙂
And that’s exactly right!!!