30 Second Transformation

Do you ever find yourself scrolling endlessly on Instagram looking at profile’s of perfect people feeling really shit about yourself? Ugh I know I do.  I end up going from Kylie Jenner to Sophia Miacova  to Tammy Hembrow and hundreds more, scoping their photos. Wishing my bodies was like theirs, my hair, my lips, my clothes sense, my life! It’s EXHAUSTING!

We live in a generation where everything is online. Which is convienient but for self esteem issues, not so much. Everything that’s online is what people choose to show us. We have to remember all is not what it seems on the internet and behind the filter, we’re all pretty much the same and nobody is perfect. Embrace yourself without the Valencia filter babycakes!

Recently I’ve seen a lot of people on social media doing the ‘30 Second Transformation‘. Basically, this is a collage of two photos. One photo is a photo of them in all their glory, good posture, good angle, body looking great and basically the type of photo we would upload happily. The second photo, is a photo of their body looking slightly less ‘perfect’. They’re not sucking in, the lighting and angles aren’t planned and it’s a more realistic vision of what we look like! It’s so easy for us to hide our flaws from the internet and alter people’s perseption of us but this challenge shows that the most flattering photo compared to a less flattering photo within 30 seconds of us doesn’t change who we are. Filter or no filter, we are imperfectly perfect! 🙂

I personally thought this was an amazing thing to do. People from models, personal trainers to insta-famous bloggers took part and the feedback was incredible.

I decided to do the challenge myself..

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On the left is me majority of the time: bloated belly, not flat tummied. It’s not a bad way at all and I’m very happy in my own skin but the photo on the right was taken straight after it. Similar pose except for my posture is better and my belly is sucked in tighter. Definitely the more visually appealing photo but is one more beautiful than the other? Not at all. I have my insecurities as much as the next girl but when you know who you are & you’re happy with who you are, no one can tell you shit about yourself. Positive body image is so important and it ties into a healthy mindset also 🙂

Check out some posts from people on instagram that done brilliantly:

Standing up flexing vs sitting down relaxed 😁🌿 I've worked out for a year and a half now, yes I still have body fat and I will always have some sort of amount of body fat. That to me is completely okay and I see nothing wrong with it because I'm comfortable with how I look in both of these pictures! I'm so happy with the way I'm eating and working out now and I don't want to change that to lose a bit of fat. A year ago I would've hated the photo on the right and done hours of cardio and starvation diets thinking that's the way to get rid of fat and that the fat would be non existent after a year of working out. I'm not trying to shame anyone when I say this, but I thought this because I didn't see any fitness people ever show their fat while sitting down. Yes I've seen posts about being bloated and pinching a tiny amount of fat on their bodies but I couldn't relate to that and it used to make me feel ashamed for still having so much fat on my body compared to theirs. So I wanted to post this comparison of how I look flexed and standing vs sitting down and relaxed to show that I still have fat on my body and it's completely normal to have fat, especially on your tummy area!! Also we need to stop comparing our bodies to people we see in media or real life- yes they are beautiful but you are just as beautiful as them, even if it's in a different way. Your uniqueness makes you, you, so don't try and change that. Who wants to live in a world where everyone looks the same? Just love yourself for who you are and next time you feel insecure sitting down when in a bikini, DON'T because you look fabulous!!! I hope you all have an amazing Sunday 🌴☀️

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Not a transformation photo 🙅🏼🌿 These were taken a few seconds apart while I was at the beach the other day, the photo on the left is what I look like relaxed and not posing, basically how I look 99% of the time in a bikini! And the one on the right is how I look in good lighting, flexed and posing 😁 I wanted to share this because I know how it feels to go through Instagram and see photos of people looking amazing on the beach- which are usually planned and not candid, that's why they look so good. So don't get caught up on how they look and compare that to your everyday relaxed body. It is completely normal to not have abs or look lean all the time! Love the body you have in all its forms, especially when you see it in "bad" lighting, angles and completely relaxed. You are beautiful and shouldn't have to go through life disliking how you look! I hope you all have an amazing day 🌴☀️

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Sara, a vegan & healthy body enthusiast from Finland is no stranger to promoting a healthy body image. Her instagram features several photos like the ones above which she states are not transformation photos. She shows her followers how she looks relaxed and not posing and then how she looks posed, in good lighting and to her preferred angle. And they’re only taken SECONDS apart!!! I think we can all relate to this 🙂

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 #realstagram www.annavictoria.com/guides

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Behold the beautiful fitness guru, Anna Victoria! She shared the first photo days before her wedding to show her 1.3 million instagram followers that everyone has their good & bad angles! Although she is insanely beautiful and fit, she too looks normal and more realistic in the less posed photos. So stop being so hard on yourself 🙂

Jen Widerstrom, a Reebok global brand ambassador also showed her 30 second transformation. You go girrrrrrrrrl!

I love this!

✖️✖️Perfectly Imperfect✖️✖️ This was definitely not the photo I intended to share. I realize Instagram is mostly a highlight reel and we share our very best photos but I want to be as real and transparent as I can with all of you beauties and show the 'imperfect' along with the highlights. Guys, I've had 3 beautiful babies.. that's 3 giant pregnancies.. along with 3 chances of stretch marks.. This body has been through a whole lot of changes! For that reason I will never judge someone else for their body. I don't know their story or what they've been through or the true strength that is within them. Imperfections make you real, approachable, human and one of a kind ❤️ #perfectlyimperfect #30secondtransformation

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Every body is beautiful!

Want to know my secret between image 1 and 2? I can promise you it takes no diet or workout regime- it is simply how I have positioned my body and where my tights are sitting on my hips. A few years ago there is no way I would have ever shared this on social media because of how I look in the first photo – but the truth is I don't care because I am confident with who I am and know that I am happy and healthy – which is the most important thing. @stephclairesmith and I have just shared a blog post written from the bottom of our hearts about this image (Steph has also done one) and opened up to you about why it can be so dangerous to aspire to an image you see on social media. The blog is called 'Misconception' because that is what a lot images you see on social media are. We hope in reading the post it can help you to realize how important it is to focus solely on being healthy to be the best version of you not because you want a 'thigh gap'. Please join us in sharing this and share your picture with the #misconceptionkic / Blog post is up on www.keepitcleaner.com.au #RealTalk

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Misconception. Everybody has good and bad angles.. Everybody! It's pretty confronting posting a photo like this… But I decided to do it because showing you guys what is real is what's important to me. The photo on the right isn't edited at all, so it's not that it's not real, but just from the way I'm standing, I've managed to change the way my body looks quite dramatically. Obviously we don't upload photos of ourselves that we find ugly or unflattering – but I wanted to show that everybody does have those angles. Nobody is perfect. And both @laura.henshaw and myself are extremely passionate about making sure all of you have a healthy outlook on body image. Check out our latest blog post. Also join in… Particularly if you're a 'fitspo' or a 'model' – we'd love you to join us. Hashtag #misconceptionkic ❤️ PS : NEITHER OF US ARE SAYING THAT WE LOOK HORRIBLE IN THE LEFT PHOTOS… They're just not our 'best' angles ..

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Laura Henshaw & her blogging partner Steph Claire Smith who co founded the health blog ‘Keep it Cleaner’ both done the 30 Second Transformation and also clarified the ‘before posed’ photo isn’t necessarily not cute but a lot of us are very particular in the photos we share in case people judge us but if you’re confident in who you are it shouldn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

& Iskra Lawrence, a model with over 3 million instagram followers, shows the difference you can make your image look based on posing a certain way. Her body is amazing either way but this is a very good example of a certain celebrity who knows her selfie angles waaaaay too good *cough Kylie Jenner cough*

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So ladies there you go.. regardless of who’s photos you look at, how perfect you think they look or how perfect you think you don’t, just remember one thing.

We ALL have flaws and insecurities. The beauty is when you embrace them and love yourself flaws and all because we are all beautiful and #imperfectlyperfect ❤

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We are #QUEENS!

Will you be brave enough to do the 30 Second Transformation? Comment below…

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