Prior to walking down the aisle, Instagram fitness guru Anna Victoria Snapchatted an image of her super fit, pre-wedding body. Then, two minutes later, she shocked her followers by posting another shot, one that featured her sitting down with stomach rolls. Viewers were greatly inspired by this and began encouraging Anna to share the pictures on Instagram.
To caption her side-by-side photos, the fitness star wrote: “You girls requested for me to share this after posting on snap last week 😊 Picture on the left was taken one day before the wedding and the picture on the right was taken… 2 minutes after! Someone recently said to me that we all have our good angles and we all have our bad angles, so why do we let our bad angles carry so much more weight than our good angles?”
Anna ended her post by saying that we should all focus on the good shots as much as we focus on the bad ones.
Anna’s words must have resonated with her followers because the photo now has close to 60,000 likes. This is especially significant because the newlywed ultimately had a really great reason for sharing the two snapshots. Though she knew that she was in the best shape she’d ever been in at the time, Anna wanted to point out that her stomach rolls still showed when she sat down. And this is perfectly normal.
“I wanted to show that it’s OK for your body to look different from various angles,” Anna told Marie Claire. “Everyone has bad angles, but that’s not what defines us.”
Overall, Anna wants to send the message that we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves as we compare/contrast our bodies to the ones we casually see on Instagram. The fitness guru concluded, “Work hard to achieve your own dream body, not someone else’s body. A big part of a fitness journey is actually learning to love yourself for who you are.“