Hello again fellow fitness bloggers,
It was my birthday yesterday! I am officially 21, meaning responsibilities have automatically increased and I’m expected to be more mature…hm…cue blog post on selfies!
I think we’re all guilty of taking a few full body selfies to either help track our progress or just for the sake of it, because why not. Whether we’ve kept it private on our phones in amongst pictures of food and random screenshots. Or we’ve published them on our blogs for all to see (a very scary, but amazing thing to do for your self-confidence and anxieties).
If any of you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I love a good selfie or two, so why not admit to some confessions I have when taking them? You guys seem to love the more honest blog posts that I do, so this is for you…and for me to see if I really am that vain.
Come on, everybody does it…even if it’s just a little. Many of my progress pictures are published, so half the time I’m left thinking that there is NO WAY a 100% relaxed progress picture is going online. And if that makes me ‘fake’ then so be it. It makes me feel better and at the end of the day, my selfies are what I genuinely look like – there’s no photoshopping going on here. Does anyone else suck in, just a little?
2. Picking A Good Filter
At this point in my fitness journey, a filter can be your all or nothing. Selecting the right one can really enhance different shapes and angles of your muscles. Don’t tell me none of you have gone through the whole of the filter list on instagram? Or even adjusted the brightness/contrast settings?! This post could really make me out to be a loser.
3. Flattering Clothing
It’s common knowledge that the darker shades make you look skinnier and more toned. So that’s probably why half of my selfies are in all black! Plus, I tend to snap away a lot more if I’m wearing my favourite patterned leggings that fit just right. Feeling better in yourself = more progress pictures!
4. Good Lighting
The lighting in the gym changing rooms or my bedroom at home tends to help me out a lot. Especially when it comes to arm flexing selfies. If you’re like me and your upper body is the weakest of all and seems pretty stubborn to improve, then good lighting is your best friend. It’s not to say the muscle isn’t there at all, it just helps you out a bit in terms of the camera picking it up! And I need the help.
5. Morning over Evening
Many good progress pictures are taken in the morning. We’ve just spent 8 hours lying down, meaning my stomach is normally the flattest I’ve ever seen it. So why not take advantage and take a quick snap?! As soon as I eat anything, I have serious bloating and I don’t know why! Anyone else the same?
6. Cropping My Face Out
As most pictures are taking in the morning, I don’t need to show you my tired face with messy bed hair. So the classic move of either covering your face with an emoji, which I’ve seen done a few times, or cropping it out all together – JOB DONE. I’m aware some people like to ‘get ready‘ for a selfie, but by that time my stomachs probably de-flattened and gone to it’s normal bloated state.
I may or may not have made me out to be a complete sado, but as I said, my more honest and personal posts seem to be the most popular. And I think it helps people open up more if I do the honest part first!
Do let me know if you do similar tricks or even the exact same. If you take progress pictures for just your eyes only or post them online, you’re slowly accepting you for…first step to self love. That’s half the battle done and dusted!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Love Life, Lexi!