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Lucy Baker

At the turn of the new year, Instagram fitness star Lucy Baker got a message from one of her fans, confessing that she felt judgmental about herself after scrolling through the super-toned bodies she found on Instagram. To inspire that fan and others, Baker decided to share a little reality check "to remind you not to compare yourself to others, as you are only seeing the very best of them in this virtual world."

"IG can be the most incredible tool for motivation," she said in the post. "I'm inspired everyday so use it to INSPIRE YOU to be more happy, healthy, and confident."

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Hoping to inspire those who feel disheartened by other people's incredible transformations, fitness blogger Cristina shared this transformation pic of her body to prove how much of a difference a few seconds can make. "Girls, for me this photo really reaffirmed how important it is to take your progress photos with the same posture, lighting, etc," she captioned the image. "It's not about how big of a transformation you've had... it IS about: strength, integrity, fortitude—things we strive for each and every day that we wake up and choose to be honest with others, but first and foremost, honest with ourselves about our insecurities, our hopes, our struggles, our triumphs." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

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Fitness blogger AnnaSFit was determined to show her followers the difference posture can make. So, she shared this before and after picture to prove that a slight change in posture and angle makes your body appear quite differently—even when the photo is taken moments apart. "I'm not perfect I have my flaws," she said in the post, "but that's why we all are so special in our OWN way."

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Popular fitness star GirlXFit recently reminded us all not to trust everything we see on Instagram. The 21-year-old shared a side-by-side comparison showing how her body looks normally versus when she's flexing really hard for the camera. "Instagram versus real life! Not a transformation photo — I took these seconds apart," she captioned the image. "On the left I'm flexing pretty hard and on the right I'm not even pushing out, I'm just relaxed as you'd find me at any other moment in the day. Just a reality check." A much-needed one, too.

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Anna Victoria

Instagram sensation Anna Victoria is notorious for keeping it real with her millions of followers. Recently, she posted an empowering side-by-side comparison to stress the power of angles and posture. "Me one percent of the time versus me 99 percent of the time. And I love both photos equally," she says in the caption. "Good or bad angles don't change your worth....our belly rolls, cellulite, [and] stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of!... This body is strong, can run miles, can lift and squat and push and pull weight around, and it's happy not just because of how it looks, but how it feels." Preach.

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