She Posted A Side-By-Side Photo To Prove The Only Opinion About Your Body That Matters Is Your Own

"I still do sometimes end up thinking in a very negative way, and that I am not always positive and do care how people see me sometimes."

People often feel an incredible amount of pressure to look their best in front of people they haven't seen in awhile. Twenty-year-old fitness blogger Sara Puhto recently felt this pressure when she was anticipating seeing some old high school friends on a trip home to Singapore. 

With over 55,000 followers on Instagram, she knew that some of those people follow her on social media and would expect her body to look as toned as her photos. This thought made Puhto worry about what they'd think when they saw she'd gained some weight.

After working herself up into a negative mindset about the whole trip, she decided to look at it from a different perspective. Instead of worrying about what people might think of her body in real life, she decided to put it all out there. 

Puhto posted two side-by-side photos that she took of herself in the same outfit on the same day. In the one on the left, she sucked in her stomach and pulled her sweatpants over her lower abdomen. In the one on the right, she let her pants sit on her hips and relaxed her body to pose naturally for the photo. She wanted to show her followers that she doesn't look exactly like the photos where she's posing or flexing on Instagram. 


"I look less toned," Puhto wrote in the caption. "I realized that this whole plan and mindset was so horribly silly. I shouldn't care at all what other people think of my body because I've worked so hard to get into this positive mindset of loving my body and not caring what others think. It goes to show how I still do sometimes end up thinking in a very negative way, and that I am not always positive and do care how people see me sometimes, because I am only human."

"What I'm trying to say is, you shouldn't stress about other people's opinions of your body because, at the end of the day, it is your body and the only opinion that should matter about it is yours."

Because fitness bloggers often post revealing full body photos with uplifting captions, it's not hard to imagine that they're extremely confident in their size and feel body positive overall. However, Puhto's post shows that even people who are incredibly focused in both toning and loving their bodies can sometimes feel self-conscious and negative. Instead of holding these feelings in or pretending they don't exist, more of us could benefit from speaking openly and honestly about them like Puhto did. 

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(H/T: HelloGiggles)


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