Body Image and Social Media

If you’ve read my most recent blog posts, you know that I’m loving having weights be the largest part of my current workout routine.  In order to keep my exercise routines interesting, I’ve spent a lot of time on social media (Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.) “researching”.  Well, it started as research – how to do exercises correctly, count macros, superset and balance weights/cardio.  Pretty quickly though I found myself comparing my body to all those #fitspo and #fitfam posts … bikini competitors … fitness models …

After a couple of months of berating myself because my body wasn’t transforming as quickly as the women I saw on Instagram.  I compared myself to women who’ve worked out for years even though I’ve lifted weights for a couple of months.  I brushed aside the fact that I completed a marathon in April (and can now lift twice the weight I could when I started with weights) because my body still has “squishy” places.  I felt pretty discouraged and realized that something needed to change.  I listened to a few General Conference talks and found this one from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland especially helpful.  Here’s one of my favorite parts:

I also changed the social media I view.  While I still look at fitness posts, I’m selective.  I appreciate fitness social media that is informative without making me feel depressed about my progress.  Spending a few extra minutes on myself each day – physically and spiritually – has helped a lot too.  It’s amazing how different I feel about myself when I’ve spent time doing my hair and makeup.  I’m not talking about a 30 minute makeup session but at least a few minutes on what matters to me.  I discovered The Small Things Blog and MaskCara.  I love these blogs!!  Learning more about hair and makeup has helped me feel more confident and excited about my appearance.  In addition to prayer and scripture study, I’ve tried to pay a little more attention to being kinder to those around me and brightening other people’s days.  It’s amazing how much better I feel when I do those things.  🙂

(source: https://www.pinterest.com/meregaron/christian-isms/)

Do you find that your body image is affected by social media?  If so, how do you handle it?

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3 Responses to Body Image and Social Media

  1. Social media can be very inspiring and informative . It can also be upsetting and discouraging. It sounds like you have found a plan that works for you and also a smart way to look at things. Keep being you!

  2. What a beautiful quote, I had not heard of that one:)
    I may be stealing this. I am a Beehive/Miamaid advisor and I am always looking for uplifiting things like this to fit into all the lesson schedules. I think girls now days have it so hard to be too perfect or what social media and the media tell them they have to be, I think if they get anything from me I really hope it’s that they build up their self confidence, that is probably the most important thing that will help them make all the right choices with everything else they have to deal with in life:)
    Great post!

    • I hit submit before I was done:) I also agree with ya, confidence is huge. It’s amazing the difference you feel when you feel confident with how you look and it sometimes and most times really does come down to doing hair and make up for ourselves the right way:) Okay, sorry for the long comment today, LOL

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