Chad and I finished a good workout the other day and we were feeling pretty great! It was tough, but we felt strong and satisfied! Of course, we had to take our sweaty selfie (because does it even count if there’s no picture?!” />)
And I’m telling you, what unfolded over the next few minutes 1) made us CRY from laughing so hard, and 2) showed a valuable lesson that was wrapped up in there…
Here’s how it all went down…
We took the first picture (top right) and Chad saw it and said, “Man, look at my love handles!”” />
First of all, stop right there…have you ever done that?! Have you ever taken a picture, looked at it, and been like, “Oh my gosh, look at my love handles/thighs/arms/neck/stomach!” ” /> I think we’ve all been there. Just wanted to point that out so you know you’re not the only one who has ever felt that way. ” />
Anyway, Chad said, “Let’s take it again. I’m going to flex lower so it covers my love handles.”
So, we took it again. He looked at the second picture, frustrated. “Ugh, now I have a gut!”
After looking at the picture for a few seconds, he said, “WAIT! I’ve seen girls on social media squeeze their stomach tight and then cover their love handles with their hands on the side. Let’s try that!”
Of course, by this point, we were laughing pretty hard…but it gets even better…
Because then, Chad had an idea. He said, “I know what to do! I’ll just pull my shorts up and cover it all up!” (It’s ok to laugh…I did” />)
Meanwhile, I’m standing there with the same pose, wondering how many pictures we have to take before he’s satisfied.
NOT because I have the perfect body or anything…but because I’ve been taking sweaty selfless for 9 years and I know how to pose, how to pop my butt, where to put my hands, the right angles for a good picture. ” />
And see, I think that’s one of the biggest problems with social media these days…
We scroll through our Facebook or Instagram feed and see girls (and guys) with perfect hair, defined muscles, and of course, they are just glowing…while we feel like a sweaty MESS. ” />
We compare our “backstage” to everyone else’s front stage.
We squeeze and tuck and hold our breath while we take picture after picture, trying to find one that is Instagram worthy…yet we see someone else’s photo and assume they just snapped it on the first try, not even giving it a second thought.
We all have a backstage. The picture we finally decide to post on social media is just a glimpse. It’s our “best” side. It doesn’t show the behind the scenes…the love handles or the gut or what’s behind the high-waisted pants.
So stop comparing. Stop beating yourself up. Stop expecting your backstage to look like everyone else’s front stage.
And know you’re not alone. You aren’t the only one who takes a pic and doesn’t always like what you see. No matter what Instagram would lead you to believe.” />