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