This Blogger Put A Twist On The Typical Before-&-After Photo

The side-by-side, "transformation" photo has become somewhat of a staple on Instagram. But fitness blogger Joanne Encarnacion is turning the typical before-and-after snapshot on its head — by opening up about different kinds of progress, not just fitness gains.
On Tuesday, Encarnacion posted two side-by-side photos of herself, one "before" photo from October 2016 in which she was thinner, and another "after" photo from March 2017. She explained that based on the photos, she could be telling herself, "I am failure for not sticking to consistently training and for not eating as clean as I should have."
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"I am failure for not sticking to consistently training and for not eating as clean as I should have." This is the story I could be telling myself. This is the opinion that could've turn into a fact. I once heard that our reality is largely made up of our perceptions and beliefs, not facts. And that our ideas and theories are based on experiences and opinions, so much so that we start to create stories from these views and judgements. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So instead of writing a failure story, I chose to look at this set of progress pictures taken a few days ago and tell myself a different story. "Well Jo, you haven't put as much energy into your fitness commitments and IT'S 👌🏾. It doesn't make you less of an example of a strong woman. Since October of last year you were working on recovering from a shoulder injury, rebuilding a marriage that was close to divorce, raising two young women (including an emotional teenager), creating long lasting friendships with women you once felt unworthy to be around, and most importantly going back to school to start a career in health and life coaching that you've been day dreaming about for almost 2 years. Living a HEALTHY LIFE means nourishing all the areas that make you whole. Your fitness is just a part of that. You're a bad ass Jo and you have what it takes to get your groove back. Other areas in your life needed your energy more than you needed to focus on leaning out." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The chatter in your head will try to find meaning in it because this obstacle is clearly telling you that your dream isn’t supposed to happen. Remind yourself that society has romanticized a concept of what beauty, fitness, and loving yourself looks like. The power to define what beauty means to you is within you. You are the source of your reality. You are the creator of your story. On this part of #therefinedcollective we're talking about "Loving Yourself in the Skin You're In" and on www.gofitjo.com I've shared 6 very powerful things to do when you're beginning to feel the resistance in loving yourself. #linkinbio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TheRefinedCollective series was written in collaboration with several incredible women sharing their positivity and light to the 🌎.

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"Instead of writing a failure story," she wrote, "I chose to look at this set of progress pictures taken a few days ago and tell myself a different story."
"Well Jo, you haven't put as much energy into your fitness commitments and IT'S 👌🏾," she told herself instead. "It doesn't make you less of an example of a strong woman."
She went on to explain the things she did make progress in over the past few months — the ones you can't exactly see in a transformation photo.
"Since October of last year you were working on recovering from a shoulder injury, rebuilding a marriage that was close to divorce, raising two young women (including an emotional teenager), creating long lasting friendships with women you once felt unworthy to be around, and most importantly going back to school to start a career in health and life coaching that you've been day dreaming about for almost 2 years," she wrote.
"Living a HEALTHY LIFE means nourishing all the areas that make you whole," she continued. "Your fitness is just a part of that."
While there's nothing wrong with wanting to improve your physical fitness, Encarnacion's refreshing take on the "transformation" photo is a reminder that fitness is just one part of what it means to be healthy — and that it's important to look after your emotional well-being, too.
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