Every day through social media, we are fed with unrealistic concepts of beauty. Flat tummies, perfect round booties, toned arms, clear skin, the hour glass figure, and what not! Yes, one must strive to stay fit and healthy and that should be the intention. However, to sell a utopian idea of a perfect figure or ‘how we should be’ is morally wrong.
We need to embrace people for who they are. Let us not judge people by their appearance, colour or even the way they talk. We need to stop this! Health blogger, Sara Puhto who goes by the Instagram handle, Saggysara is breaking myths and empowering people to accept themselves for who they are.
Sara, through her Instagram posts, reveals the reality behind these so-called perfect pictures. She says how an angle, or sucking in your tummy, or even a slight photoshop can make that difference. Sara is only 20-years-old but is extremely wise for her age.
So, let’s meet Sara and learn a thing or two from her.
1. “Don’t let clothing sizes dictate how you feel because they do not define you in any type of way!”
Clothing size 👖🌿 I noticed that I have so many different sized clothing and we give clothing size so much importance lately and it's weird. Clothing sizes have the ability to make us feel bad about ourselves when we've gone up a size and feel good when we've gone down a size. Why is this a thing 🤷🏻♀️ before I used to always wear a European (EU/EUR) size 34 and once I started putting on weight and started strength training I've gone up to a EU pants size 38. I remember the first time I had to buy a size 38, I felt so upset. I let that size define me and thought that going up a size made me less attractive 🤦🏻♀️ But I've realised that it actually doesn't matter at all. I shouldn't let these things upset me and I should wear clothing that fits me and makes me feel comfortable. There's no point squeezing and not being able to breathe in a smaller size just to say I wear that size. I've noticed that different materials on clothing will fit differently regardless of size, as you can see in this picture. Don't let clothing sizes dictate how you feel because they do not define you in any type of way!!! We all have different body shapes, so wear whatever you want that makes you feel comfortable and happy! Ignore all the things in media that say drop X amount of dress sizes in X amount of weeks, because they're silly. Just because someone wears a smaller size than you doesn't make them a better person or a more beautiful person. Clothing size doesn't define you. You are beautiful no matter what size you wear! 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #sizes #wearwhatyoulike #wearwhatyoulove #allbodiesaregoodbodies #bodypositive #selfworth #youareworthy #youareenough #youarebeautiful #youarenotalone #bodylove #bodylove4all #allbodiesarebeautiful #bodyacceptance #effyourbeautystandards #clothingsize #effyourbodystandards #nobodyshame #selflove #loveyourbody #gratitude #lawofattraction #loa #selfawareness #personalgrowth
2. “All butts are good butts ☺️ All of our bodies are different and you don’t need a specific body type to fit into what society defines as beautiful!”
Booty pop 🍑🌿 I was scrolling through my old photos and came across these photos where I was trying to take one of those sandy bum pics 😬 I posted the right one back in January, but the left is the reality behind that photo ☺️ I still sometimes get a slight pang of sadness and jealousy when I see all the big beautiful bums on instagram and wish I could magically have what they have. Because sometimes I feel like all my booty gains are gone when I take photos where it looks smaller, but then I remember that I shouldn't compare my body to theirs. I have a great booty and so do they! It's all about posing/angles and nobody looks like that all the time. There's nothing wrong with posting a good photo of your booty, you should post it if you feel like it! Just remember that when you're scrolling through social media and see all the posed bums that you too have a great bum and that nobody looks like that 24/7 ☺️ It seems like big butts are the thing that so many people want currently. But remember that you don't need a big booty to be beautiful. All butts are good butts ☺️ All of our bodies are different and you don't need a specific body type to fit into what society defines as beautiful!! It's stressful and so messed up that body parts and types are going in and out of style- before it was being really thin, now it's having a big booty. That shouldn't be a thing. It causes so much stress and self hate to people who do not have these things. I know it's hard but instead of trying to obtain these things, love how you look now. Not how you'll look if you loose X amount of weight or get a bigger booty. Because trust me when you get to those things you'll just want something more. Be comfortable in your own skin no matter what angle, posed or unposed, and you'll radiate beauty! 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #bopowarrior #bootypop #allbodiesaregoodbodies #bootyfordays #bootybuilding #instagramvsreallife #beforeafter #selfconfidence #youareyou #dontchange #acceptyourself #bodypositive #lawofattraction #everyoneisbeautiful #selflove #bepresent #findyourself #dontcare #cellulite #effyourbeautystandards
3. “Nobody has abs or a flat tummy 24/7 when they sit down. Don’t let this idea ruin your time because it’s completely normal!”
Bikini body 👙🌿 I'm sure we've all had that feeling where you're feeling cute at the beach but then you sit down and all of a sudden feel insecure and don't know how to sit without your tummy feeling oddly too exposed. The other day I went to the beach and would have slight moments where I felt like people were looking at my tummy and these feelings of insecurity where I wanted to hide my tummy because "it didn't look good" sitting down. But I realised that I was being silly and ruining my time at the beach and not enjoying it fully just because of this small silly thing. You really shouldn't feel that way! Everyone looks like this when they sit down! Nobody is judging you and even if someone was then that's a reflection of their inner insecurities, not yours. You are not fat. We all have fat, especially on our tummies and it's completely normal. And that fat does not make you worth any less as a person! Nobody has abs or a flat tummy 24/7 when they sit down. Don't let this idea ruin your time because it's completely normal! If you want to wear a bikini, then wear it cause life's too short not to wear what you want!! You look amazing so wear it with confidence and you'll radiate beauty! 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #bikinibody #bodypositive #lawofattraction #beachtime #insecurities #bodyposi #fitnessmotivation #positiveenergy #manifest #bodyfat #allbodiesaregoodbodies #bodyacceptance #selflove #bopowarrior #allbodiesarebeautiful #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney #bopo #vegansofig #veganfitness #bbg #positivethinking #positivelife #positivemind #loveyourself #youareenough #youmatter
4. “Don’t hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person.”
Instagram vs real life 💁🏼🌿 If I saw the photo on the left a year ago I would've instantly thought so negatively about my body, that all my hard work from working out was non existent, that if someone looked at me they would've never thought I've been working out for 2 years and think I wasn't trying hard enough. But the thing is is that all bodies look different. Nobody's booty looks round and peachy from all angles. Nobody's body looks the same from all angles. Don't eat less or miss out on your favorite meals/drinks or over exercise to "look good for a holiday" or to "look good in bikini photos" because there will always be angles that are "unflattering" that might make you feel bad when you see them. Instead workout and eat healthy because it makes you feel good, not as a punishment. Start loving and accepting your body at all angles with all your "flaws", instead of trying to fit into societies image of 'beauty' because that image isn't inclusive of all individuals, which is so messed up. Don't hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person. You look the best when you're living life to the fullest and happiest. There's no point in missing out on things and stressing yourself out so much. Life isn't meant to be a competition on who can look the best and we should normalize not having to "look perfect" all the time because it's a ridiculous concept. You are perfect the way you are 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #instagramvsreallife #beforeandafter #lawofattraction #bodypositive #bekindtoyourself #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #veganbooty #youareenough #progressnotperfection #bodyimage #vegansofig #girlswhoworkout #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #loa #fitnessjourney #bopo #bodyacceptance #bodyconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #bepresent #justbe #moderation #balanceddiet #staypositive #thinkpositive
5. “The beauty industry strives off our insecurities, and only shows so few body types, please don’t let this make you hate yourself.”
Photoshop vs reality 🌿 I wanted to post this because the other day I saw an instagram post by a celebrity who had clearly photoshopped their body to make it look more curvy (the tiles behind them were curved). I'm not gonna name anyone because I don't want anyone to come at me, but I see tons of people do this. I know people always talk about this and I know there's nothing I can do to change it. All I want is for people to know not to ever feel bad about their body when looking at someone else. I used to feel this way and always wanted a more curvy waist like you see all over social media now a days. But it's silly to want that. It takes 30 seconds for me to photoshop this image on the right on a free app, but it can take someone a lifetime hating their body and wishing they had what all these photoshopped bodies look like. Please don't wish you had someone else's body. Love the body YOU have because there's nothing wrong with it. There's no point in wasting time wanting to look like someone else because the reality is that everyone is different and you will never have the same body as someone else. Start embracing everything you used to feel bad about. The beauty industry strives off our insecurities, and only shows so few body types, please don't let this make you hate yourself. Because being you and having confidence is what makes you beautiful, not what some beauty magazine portrays as beautiful. I hope you all have an absolutely amazing day, you deserve it! 🌴☀️ PS: excuse the clothing choice, I was feeling cute while trying on bikini bottoms while packing 😂 —————————————— . . . #photoshop #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #bodyshape #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #bootybuilding #beautytips #beautyaddict #progressnotperfection #bodyimage #sweatwithkayla #bikinibody #vegansofig #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #weightlifting #selflove #youarebeautiful #fitnessmotivation #screwthescale #weightlossjourney #beyou #beconfident #selfconfidence #embraceyourself #manifest #flaws #confidence
6. “This is to show you guys that I can appear to be lean but in reality when I relax my tummy, it ain’t as lean as it seems ?”
Sucking in vs relaxed ☺️🌿 These photos were taken a minute apart, on the left I'm sucking in my tummy and on the right I'm relaxing it. This is to show you guys that I can appear to be lean but in reality when I relax my tummy, it ain't as lean as it seems 😬 I used to obsess about being lean and losing fat. Currently I'm not the leanest I've been weight wise, I'm actually the heaviest I've been in a year, and that's completely okay because I'm also the strongest I've ever been. Both physically and mentally. I now use double the amount of weights than I did before when I was at my leanest weight. I can't describe how happy, strong and confident I feel now! It no longer bothers me that I have fat on my body because I know that it's a completely normal thing to have. Our bodies are constantly changing, every day, every hour. So don't let a bad body image day get you down and make you think you need to crash diet or exercise excessively because that'll just wear you out. Instead look at your body and know that whatever you're looking at is perfectly fine! It's what makes you, you. We are all different, we shouldn't have to conform to one "ideal" body type. Diversity is beautiful, being unique is beautiful! So love yourself and do what makes you feel happy! Feel confident with your body, whether it's flexed or when it's relaxed. No amount of fat loss or muscle gain will make you happy if you're not comfortable with who you are first. Just know that you are amazing and beautiful no matter what. So look in the mirror at some point today and tell yourself you're beautiful af and can accomplish anything this week throws at you! 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #mondaymotivation #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #dowhatyouwant #progressnotperfection #beforeandafter #bodyimage #flexing #bikinibody #vegan #vegansofig #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #weightlifting #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #loa #fitnessmotivation #honesty #screwthescale #weightlossjourney #beyou #beconfident #selfconfidence #embraceyourself
7. “We need that fat layer on our tummies to protect our vital internal organs. So next time you sit down and see that protective layer, thank it for saving you from not dying ?”
Siting down sucking in vs sitting down and relaxing ☺️🌿 I used to be so self conscious about my fat showing while I sat down. I'd always suck it in and wear high waisted jeans while trying to hold that posture when I noticed people were looking at me 🙈 but you know what?! Who cares! We all have fat, it's perfectly normal and okay! We need that fat layer on our tummies to protect our vital internal organs. You can still be fit/healthy and have fat! It's an absolutely normal thing that you should not be ashamed of! So next time you sit down and see that protective layer, thank it for saving you from not dying 😬 But in all seriousness, you don't need a "flat tummy" to be beautiful, you don't need to waste your energy sucking in your tummy! Humans come in all different shapes and sizes and regardless of that you are beautiful. It's your body, do whatever makes you happy and comfortable, if that means wearing high waisted jeans, then wear high waisted jeans! Don't let anyone tell you what you should and shouldn't wear or do to make your body "better". Because you're beautiful and unique the way you are now!! I hope you guys have a lovely Friday and an amazing weekend, I'll be flying on a plane to Finland tonight! ❄️🌲 Sports bra from: @movebytwenty3
8. “I once again wanted to make a booty pop vs normal standing photo, just to show that some of the booty photos you see in media are posed to accentuate the booty. “
Not a transformation photo 🙅🏼🌿 In honour of hump day I once again wanted to make a booty pop vs normal standing photo, just to show that some of the booty photos you see in media are posed to accentuate the booty! Im not trying to call anyone out when I say this or say that all progress photos are like this, I even used to do this without thinking much about it and posted progress photos that had slight differences in stance in the before and after photos. I recently realised that this makes a huge difference and wasn't a complete accurate representation of my progress. I think people do this to show off their hard work from their best angles/poses because it does take a lot of patience, determination and effort. Also when you post a progress photo others do critique your body, saying things like you made no progress or there's no difference. So I understand why people do this, I just wanted to post this to show that you shouldn't look at someone's progress photos or just any posed photos and compare that to your body or the progress you've made. Everyone is different and loses weight/gains muscle in different places and in different periods of time! So don't worry if you feel like your progress is taking longer than others, it will come with time, it takes many months to build muscle or lose weight. It's personally taken me 18 months to start seeing visible arm progress because that's the place where my body shows the least progress and it's taken me a while to see what works for me! Remember that what works for someone else may not work for you so keep trying things out, be patient and don't give up!! 💪🏼 YOU GOT THIS 😁 Also if you ever feel the need to make a rude comment about someone- Just don't. What's the point? It just makes the person feel bad and you accomplish nothing by doing so. Also it's just plain rude, so please stop. Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to say one thing and it ended up turning into a long rant 🙈 Thank you for reading and I hope you all have an absolutely amazing #humpday 🐪🌴
9. “You can love fitness and workout tons and still have fat!”
Flexing vs relaxing 💪🏼🌿 On the left I'm laying down and flexing as hard as I possibly can and on the right I'm just sitting and chilling ☺️ I know so many people want to have flat toned tummies. Instagram is filled with posts of toned, lean, flat tummies, but what you don't know is that they don't look like that 24/7. You can love fitness and workout tons and still have fat! As I've said before, fat is a completely normal thing to have!! So don't feel like you're not doing enough or that you should get rid of it if you have fat or tummy rolls when you sit down because it's completely normal! Having these things does not make you less attractive, it just means your a person with a body that does what bodies are supposed to do. All bodies are different and will look different sitting down (or doing anything) so there's no point in comparing your body to someone else's. you have an amazing body that you should be so proud of!! So go out there and next time you feel ashamed or vulnerable about your body, don't, because you are beautiful no matter what! I hope you all have a lovely Monday and a great start to the week!! 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #progressnotperfection #beforeandafter #bodyimage #mondaymotivation #flexing #bikinibody #beachbody #calvinklein #bodyfat #vegan #vegansofig #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #weightlifting #bbg #selflove #youarebeautiful #veganfitness #motivation #fitnessmotivation #sweatwithkayla #honesty #screwthescale #weightlossjourney #beyou #beconfident #selfconfidence #embraceyourself
10. “Nobody has an hourglass figure. That’s an object, women’s bodies are not objects.”
Dress for your body type 🙅🏼🌿 You know how you get articles that say "clothing to wear for your body type"? Yeah IGNORE THOSE CAUSE THEY'RE RIDICULOUS. You can wear anything you want no matter what body type. I know they're meant to be "guides" and not rules, but they do affect the way you judge what clothes make your body "more attractive". Because of these I've hated the way my body looks from the front in dresses or anything tight, because my boobs aren't big enough and I don't have an "hourglass" figure. Nobody has an hourglass figure. That's an object, women's bodies are not objects. So wear what you want!!! People can judge you all they want for the way you look. There's no point in listening to them. Cause if you feel good about something, go with it! Life's too short to constantly care about what people think, do what makes you happy! Live your life how you want, wear what you want, even if you don't look like everyone else, that's the beauty of it! You are you, and you are beauty queen 👸 Hope you all have a lovely weekend!! 🌴☀️ —————————————— . . . #lawofattraction #bodypositivity #bodyshape #wearwhatyoulike #lifeisgreat #dowhatyoulove #bootybuilding #bootybuilder #progressnotperfection #bodyimage #sweatwithkayla #bikinibody #vegan #vegansofig #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #weightlifting #selflove #youarebeautiful #fitnessmotivation #screwthescale #weightlossjourney #beyou #beconfident #selfconfidence #embraceyourself #manifest #flaws #confidence
What Sara is trying to tell the world is the need of the hour. She is asking us to accept ourselves for who we are. She is asking us to love ourselves. The first step is always difficult but it also and always begins with you.
Thank you, Sara. We really needed this!
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