4 Social Accounts That Will Get You Beyond Summer Ready
With the warmer weather comes the additional cravings to want to be,
These thoughts are fed with seeing content of models in swimsuits posted across the internet by companies, or Influencers or even our own peers posting about how it’s T – how many # of days till summer and how it’s crunch time to get lean and skinny.
We then have thoughts of,
“I’m not ready for bikini season”…
“I need to start dieting”…
“I need to lose weight”…
“I need to slim down my legs, arms, waist – I need to be skinnier.”
A lot of critical negative self-talk starts to happen. All after what we see and continue to get exposed to.
In this day and age, we have limitless access to content on the Internet, and we spend so much time scrolling through social media exposing ourselves to so much of this content. What we see and expose ourselves to can really effect our thoughts and feelings about ourselves. But just as some content has the effect to move us in a negative way, other content can move us in the most amazing positive ways. So why not surround ourselves with more of the content that helps us build and grow, rather than content that makes us feel broken and makes us battle with our self-esteem?
Last May 2017, I wrote a blog post – “Not Skinny”, where I talked about how we could strive to be more than just “skinny” in our lives. I dived into the dictionary definition of the word itself, and why we all need to clean up our vocabulary and refresh our lingos when describing ourselves. This time, I would like us to take a look over our social media accounts and do some Spring cleaning and refreshing to get our minds, bodies, and souls more than summer ready – get life ready!
Here are some of the dope & inspiring individuals I follow on social media that continuously share positive energies, are not counting down the numbers on the weight scale with the number of days till summer, AND share content that make me want to improve to be a better human to myself and to others around me:
Massiel “Massy” Indhira Arias
Massy is one of the first accounts I started to follow, and was my biggest inspiration at the beginning of my fitness journey. She is the first woman to inspire me want to hit the gym and workout, but not because of weight loss and dropping body fat %, but to become stronger and healthier both mentally and physically. Her own fitness journey started when she battled with depression, which she openly talks about along with other struggles she faces. She openly shows that she is a trainer, a mother, a wife – a human being that grows through the struggles she goes through. Her page is filled with workout ideas, educational material, motivation and inspiration for you to build a stronger you whom you will be proud of.
I love her posts; from her beautiful self-affirmations and body-positive quotes, to her posts that provide tips for better movement and training your body as a whole for long-term health. I have so many of her posts archived to go back and reread! As a former four-time figure competitor, Alyssa has experienced the mental and physical effects of extreme dieting & training. She shares her experiences and educates her followers. She has gone through her own special journey of rebuilding herself, learning self-acceptance and redefining what fitness means to her. Alyssa’s motto on her Instagram bio is –“ “Befriend your body. Move confidently in your life." I love her account, and I think you will too.
Her posts will make you pause, and think. Like, REALLY think. Chinae is a female entrepreneur, public speaker, activist, all-around-badass-boss-babe who uses her platform to encourage people to be better not just in their fitness, but to be better humans! Chinae speaks her mind; she is authentic and raw in her posts. She shares her own fitness journey, and makes it a point to share that she was the most unhappy and unconfident at her lowest weight. She shares her journey in finding herself, and finding her place on this strange planet we call Earth. She has a lot of wisdom to share. As Chinae says so beautifully - “the condition of your heart is far more important than the condition of your thighs.”
Jen is a widely known American Fitness model and Personal Trainer. She’s best known for her role in the NBC's hit series, ‘The Biggest Loser’ where she coached contestants through their weight loss journey. You would think that her social media accounts would be filled with pictures of muscles, abs, abs, and more abs. But instead it’s filled with compassion, honesty, inspiration and motivation, which are expressed with content that’s more than just an ab photo. She is very opened about her own start to her fitness journey, and the mental shift that needed to happen to get her where she is today. Jen places the focus on not how the body looks likes, but more of focusing on what the body can do for you. She pushes her followers to be kind to themselves, honest with themselves, and motivates them to be the best versions of themselves. She preaches the idea to “Train the hear.” She is a true soldier of love.
So there you have it! These are four humans I have been loving to follow. When I view their content, I feel uplifted, inspired, and motivated to grow myself. We say that what we expose our children to greatly effects their development, but let’s not forget that the same goes for us as an adult! What we surround ourselves with and expose ourselves to still affects us and it shapes us. So let’s continue to fuel ourselves with some quality fertilizers, and keep our minds, bodies, and souls fresh so we can bloom beautifully..
Are you ready for some Spring cleaning?