So I don’t know if anyone has noticed but the fitness junkies have seem to taken over Instagram. They are everywhere from personal trainers, models, fitness models to just plain people who love to get fit. This has caused many of us to start comparing ourselves to them. We strive to look like them, to have those perfect muscles, toned abs, sculpted legs and arms, geeze even a sculpted back. What we don’t know is many of these people are on strict diet and exercise not just to feel good about themselves, but for their jobs. Many girls we see on social media with the toned abs and perfect bodies, yes I believe those are their actual bodies but they are into bikini competitions (same goes to guys minus the bikini part). They don’t even look like this all the time! They go on a strict diet for months at a time, restricting intake of certain food, making sure they have the right measurement of protein and carbs basically they track their macros (no not calories). They have personalized meal plans to help them achieve this and personalized workouts in order to help them obtain those bodies. They are very dedicated don’t get me wrong and they do work for what they look like, but STOP COMPARING YOURSELF. Many magazines (through what I have read, more girly ones like cosmo and vogue) suggest we put up pictures to help us become inspired to get to the gym, go to workout classes, and eat right but this is all wrong.

Like I have continuously been reiterating, we are all different. We all have different bodies. No matter how hard I try I will never be tall, I will always be short. We need to start looking at all parts of our bodies like this. Some people are naturally thin, with long legs, small waist, etc. Some of us are bigger, pair shaped, apple shaped you get the idea. If you want inspiration try putting up a picture of your starting point. Maybe not day by day but lets say once a week compare yourself to that picture. This will help you see the progress you are making. I don’t know about you but seeing the differences in my body sure does make me more motivated than seeing a picture of a girl with a perfect body.

So learn to only compare yourself to yourself and ditch the dream of something unrealistic!

Curry Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

To make these seeds remove all the pumpkin guts, then wash and set out to dry completely. Sprinkle with sea salt and curry seasoning, along with some olive oil so the seasonings stick. Bake them at 300 degrees, make sure you keep an eye on these as they will burn easily (I forgot to time them, sorry!) I’d say about 10-15 minutes!