Fitness blogger Kelsey Wells recently took a break from her usual fitspirational posts to share a much-needed reality check with her legion of Instagram and Facebook followers.
Like all of us, Wells indulged in some Thanksgiving "treats" over the holiday weekend and revealed that she "did not feel one bit bad bout it." To prove it, the young mom shared a picture of her bloated belly to show that she too isn't without her "imperfections." (Read: 10 Thoughts Every Fit Girl Has on Thanksgiving Day)
Remember those extra treats I mentioned?I try to indulge in moderation, but let's be honest I'm human and I love food and that doesn't always happen. I wanted to post this because I have received more than a few questions lately such as "how do you never look bloated?", "how do you never get zits?", and "how do you not have stretch marks?", ect. First, I definitely do get bloated (), I definitely have occasional breakouts (hello hormones), and I actually do have stretch marks (though they have faded). I could give you tips and tricks on how to fight bloating and zits and stretch marks, but I think it's more important for everyone to realize that these things are totally normal! And nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Instagram is often a highlight reel of sorts, and there is nothing wrong with focusing on the positive! But it's so important to keep it real and remember that most the images you see while scrolling (including mine) are people's "best foot forward". Of course I want to take photos in good lighting and show my best angles, but I never want that to be misconstrued as saying I don't have bad ones or never look bloated. EVERYONE is human. Everyone is beautiful. The key is to spend less time picking ourselves apart and more time seeing how beautiful, amazing, and miraculous our bodies are -- bloating, zits, stretch marks, and all. . . . . #bbgmoms #bbgmums #bbgcommunity #bbg #bbglife #fit #fitchick #fitmom #fitness #fitlife #keepitreal #happy #healthy #bloated #selflove #workout #fitspo #fitspiration #realtalk #fitnessmotivation #motivationmonday
"I could give you tips and tricks on how to fight bloating and zits and stretch marks," she wrote. "But I think it's more important for everyone to realize that these things are totally normal!"
She continues by referring to an Instagram "highlight reel" full of excellent lighting and perfect angles. Better yet, she admits to participating in that illusion, "but I never want that to be misconstrued as saying I don't have bad [photos] or never look bloated," she says. "Everyone is human. Everyone is beautiful."
Her transparency received tons of positive feedback from her followers, each one thanking her for her honesty. "On point! Thanks for sharing this message and keeping it real," one commenter wrote. "Thank you so much for being honest and realistic!" said another.
In a world where our social media feeds are full of "perfect" people, it's important to remember that no one actually looks like that IRL. Not matter how fit or healthy someone may seem, they are not without their physical "flaws" and Kelsey Wells is proof of that.