We’re used to seeing before and after photos that show someone who might be a bit soft, and then shredded, or at least tight and toned.
But one fitness influencer named Beck Jackson is changing the game. She took to social media last week to share a completely different, realistic, and relatable set of before and after photos.
These begin with her being toned, with abs and muscle definition, to a softer stomach and a bit of weight gain:
Your body will fluctuate so much throughout adulthood and it really shouldn’t take over your life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yes I’ve probably gained a kilo or two (I don’t actually know because I don’t weight myself) but yes I’m less toned than I was 4 months ago, no I don’t think I’m unhealthy, no I’m not unhappy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You know why? I’ve had fun, I’ve been on holidays, I’ve been eating amazing food, I haven’t been beating myself up when I don’t get to the gym because I’m too busy living my life, ive been really really HAPPY! That’s why I may look a little “softer” than I did 4 months ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It would have been a different story two years ago, when I was 19-20 years old if I fluctuated in weight by even 100 grams I would LOSE MY SHIT, let alone if my body actually changed, I probably would have had a severe mental breakdown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why? Because I was never confident within myself and that meant that regardless of how much I weighed or what I looked like, or how defined my ab muscles were, I would never be happy with myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just a tip: try to stay healthy, exercise regularly, but your body doesn’t define who you are as a person, your weight shouldn’t control your life, and if you want to eat a bowl of ice cream after dinner - EAT A BOWL OF ICECREAM AFTER DINNER! Because life is too short to give up those simple little pleasures.
The 23-year-old shares a lot more than her favorite workout routines and clean eating ideas. She isn't one to give up meaningful things like going on a vacation and eating great food for the sake of being in shape, which is ultra-refreshing in this day and age.
“Your body will fluctuate so much throughout adulthood and it really shouldn’t take over your life…Yes I’m less toned than I was 4 months ago, no I don’t think I’m unhealthy, no I’m not unhappy," Jackson explained, "I’ve had fun, I’ve been on holidays, I’ve been eating amazing food, I haven’t been beating myself up when I don’t get to the gym because I’m too busy living my life, I’ve been really really HAPPY!” ⠀⠀
-UNPOPULAR OPINION- ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Its possible to eat things like pasta and ice cream on the reg and still be healthy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How does that saying go? Greens are good for your body, but chocolate is good for the soul 🙏🏽 I wasted so many years of my life counting calories, obsessing over carbs, and only treating myself to chocolate and other foods I love once or twice a month when I felt like "over indulging" a little - I told people I was healthy, I really believed I was healthy, but the reality of it was that while I was feeding my body with healthy foods, my mind was pretty out of whack. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was a learning curve for me though, I realised something wasn’t right and I worked so hard to change my mindset, stop demonizing foods, and realised that I’m allowed to eat ice cream without freaking the F out that It’s going to make me fat 🙄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do your best to be healthy most of the time, but don't freak out if you overindulge more that you usually would throughout the week. Exercise consistently and always set yourself goals, but don't be too hard on yourself if you miss a training session.... or 10. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Life is meant to be enjoyed and you weren't put here to punish yourself over eating something that may not fit into what someone would consider a "healthy food group". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As long as you do your best to be healthy most of the time, honestly, your body isn't going to change if you let it slip a few times a week - you're only human - STOP BEING SO HARD ON YOURSELF!
She also talks a lot about learning to love your body no matter what, helping those who struggled with self-confidence like she once did.
“I was never confident within myself and that meant that regardless of how much I weighed or what I looked like, or how defined my ab muscles were, I would never be happy with myself…your body doesn’t define who you are as a person, your weight shouldn’t control your life." she said.
Jackson also advises to indulge in the simple pleasures once in a while – all while balancing a healthy lifestyle and exercising, of course.
Isn’t it funny how different lighting can make your body look so different? I was in the change rooms at the shops the other day, and I had just finished a fairly large-ish meal so I was incredibly bloated, already feeling a little unfit as well because I had just gotten back from the states and not exercised in over 3 weeks, and it was one of those change rooms with the horrible downlighting that shows EVERY SINGLE DIMPLE, and I just remember being shocked in what I saw and thought “okay surely I didn’t lose THAT much tone while I was overseas?”. I went to bed feeling a bit shitty about myself which I know is stupid but sometimes your mind just does that to you, and I woke up the next day and looked in the mirror expecting to be equally as shocked but I wasn’t, I looked the same as I always do. The point I’m trying to get across is that everyone has little imperfections, cellulite, wobbly bits and scars, but it’s not something to be ashamed of because: A. No one else notices them or thinks they’re bad other than you. B. Lighting plays a huge factor, so if you look at someone on Instagram and think to yourself “why don’t they have cellulite?” Or this and that, chances are they probably do, they’re just never going to post a photo where you can see it. C. Even so, your body is amazing and SO MUCH MORE than a few little dimples. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: you weren’t ashamed of your cellulite when you were a baby were you?! SO WHY ARE YOU SELF CONSCIOUS ABOUT IT NOW? Feeling any kind of shame about any part of our bodies is something that our brains have learned throughout adolescence and adulthood - it’s something modern society has taught us to do. But do you want to know what the best thing is for your body? Better than healthy food and exercise? - LOVE! We are so used to picking apart every little imperfection on our bodies and critiquing every little fat roll and stretch mark when at the end of the day what we are craving most are love and acceptance from ourselves. Change the way you see your body, choose to love yourself first and focus more on what your body can do rather than what it looks like ✨
People are thanking her for being real and relatable, and leaving such inspiring messages:
Keep on inspiring others – and eating ice cream like the rest of us, Beck!
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