I've been plotting this post for a few weeks now, as I keep seeing some of the same transformation posts that really irritate me. It's the Tuesday of Transformations ya'll. Let me start by saying, I don't wake up every Tuesday and think "Ugh. All those transformation pictures will dominate my social media feeds today. Ba humbug!"
To clarify, I LOVE seeing, hearing, reading, talking, liking, and commenting on an individuals personal body transformation success. It's inspiring to me at every single stage in the weight loss process. I actually don't think you should ever feel like you have to wait until Tuesday to toot your own horn. If it's Friday and you're feeling fly, broadcast that shiz! You don't have to share the spotlight with so many others that way, know what I'm sayin?
For me personally, at the stage I'm at right now, I don't want or need a weekly a reminder of this girl:
I will never forget that she used to exist. I lived in her skin for years, she's a part of me. I don't need weekly photographic evidence of our time together.
It's like going through a bad break up, and years later finding pictures of that ex you wish never happened. You wouldn't continuously pull out their picture and hold it up next to a picture of your new romantic partner,.Ahhh look at how far I've come! Or maybe you would, I wouldn't. Back in the dusty box or into the trashcan. Move on!
While I am very proud of what I've been able to accomplish, and maintain, I can't move forward and progress if I'm constantly looking in the rear veiw mirror. I've put over weight, self conscience Leigh Ann in the past and moved on. That's exactly where I want that girl to be, in the past. That's my personal reason for lack of participation in Transformation Tuesday.
So which part irritates her? I'm confused.
I see these irritating Transformation posts more often than I'd care to admit. They really grind my gears and get under my skin.
I don't like Transformation posts that are misleading, edited, or falsified. I see them weekly, sometimes daily, and they seriously get under my skin. I would never ever knock anyone's progress, but in this day and age of filters, slenderizing aps, spray tans, selfies, and optimal angles, we have to think more critically about the images we are bombarded with.
As human beings, we obviously take and post pictures of ourselves in the most flattering light. There's nothing wrong with that. Social media is your highlight reel honey, you betta work.
However, when posting pictures proclaiming short term transformation (1-3 months progress), fat loss, muscle gain, etc, the poster has a moral obligation to their readers and followers to be transparent and forthcoming. Period. No Excuses.
Newsflash: everything you read/see on the internet isn't true, honest, forthcoming, or transparent. Don't compare your progress to someone elses, ever. Here's one of my favorite examples of misleading transformation pictures from blogger MelVFitness. Before you start looking at someone's short term progress/transformation ask yourself these questions:
1. Is the person standing the same distance from the camera in both pictures?
2. Is the person wearing the same cloths in both pictures?
3. Is the lighting the same in both pictures?
4. Is the person standing in exactly the same position in both pictures?
I completely understand why people post these types of pictures. They're working hard and want to report any and all progress, no matter how small. They're feeling great that day, and want to share that picture where they feel like they're looking fly. I get that. These pictures agitate me largely due to the fact that it's providing a skewed view to the reader.
Don't knock yourself and your perceived lack of progress based on these images we all see floating around the Weight loss, health, and fitness pages on all social media. Work hard, stay determined, and you will see results. Nothing worth having happens over night or in three short months. Just sayin.