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This Fitness Blogger's Photo Teaches Us Not to Trust Everything on Instagram

Fitness blogger Anna Victoria has been keeping it real with her followers ever since she became Insta-famous a few years ago. The creator of Fit Body Guides is all about fitness and good health, but refuses to make it seem like she is without "flaws." To show what goes behind her seemingly-perfect Instagram posts, she recently shared a side-by-side picture proving the power of angles, lighting and (of course) filters.

 

Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time. And I love both photos equally. Good or bad angles don't change your worth  I recently came across an article talking about how one woman stated she refuses to accept her flaws, because she doesn't see them as flaws at all. I LOVED that because it sends such a powerful message that our belly rolls, cellulite, stretch marks are nothing to apologize for, to be ashamed of, or to be obsessed with getting rid of! As I'm getting older, I have cellulite and stretch marks that aren't going away, and I welcome them. They represent a life fully lived (for 28 years so far :)) and a healthy life and body at that. How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal "flaws"? 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 because of how it feels. So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body I will fuel it I will challenge it AND I will love it If you're following my page, you're a part of helping me spread this message and creating this movement - thank you. #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides

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Victoria is wearing the same outfit in both photos, but in one she is standing, and in the other, she is sitting down. The pictures could have been taken minutes, maybe even seconds apart, but completely change the way one might view her body.

In the caption, Victoria explained, "Me one percent of the time versus me 99 percent of the time. And I love both photos equally. 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."

She continues by urging her followers to be more kind to their bodies and love them just as they are. "So when you approach your journey, I want you to remember these things: I will not punish my body. I will fuel it. I will challenge it. AND I will love it," she says.

Her post has struck a chord with several women who've shown their appreciation by leaving positive comments. "Thank you for being real and honest and showing women all over the world exactly what's real," one person wrote. Another stated: "Amidst the media portrayals of beauty we often forget what is normal... I strive to be fit but often feel down on myself when I'm relaxing and don't look fit from every angle. Much needed reminder."

It definitely is.

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