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PSA: Don’t compare yourself.

Follow this ONE SIMPLE TRICK and get abs in ONE MONTH!!!

WRONG.

There are some things in the fitness community that I absolutely hate. There are a of half truths and whatnot’s that go around on tumblr and other image hosting sites that are being less than honest with people that are barely starting out, and it really strikes a nerve in me when I see people purposely lying to sell their products/services, get likes/notes, etc.

It strikes a nerve in me because it sets up high expectations of yourself. It makes you feel terrible about your own progress, and makes you want to quit. “They managed to [look some way] in a month? I’ll never be able to do that. Might as well not try.”

So what can we doing to misguide you guys? Camera tricks, misleading text, the works. The above “before and after” picture? I took the “After” first and the “Before” after filling up on food and soda. I’m angled differently in the “after” to make my body look sleeker than it actually is. I can even choose an area with different lighting to make changes look even more intense. And you know what? People can do a lot of this with these methods.

I could slouch my shoulders, look miserable, stand unflexed and give off an image of someone unhappy and unhealthy. Yet two seconds later, after flexing and posing, and I make it seem like after training/using some product, I have turned my life around.

THIS is how badly I can mislead you: using 1. different lighting, 2. posing, and 3. switching the “before” and “after” pictures around.

And it can go even further:

NEVER compare yourself to some of the progress pictures you see out there, especially if they’re attached to a product or service, and the time frame is too good to be true. Fitness takes a long time to reach, and looking the part even longer. 

“It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice.“

So you’ve been working out for a few weeks/months and don’t quite look the way you want to? That’s how it works. I look the way I do after 4+ years of manual labor, and 1+ years of body building&diet changes, and I’m still not where I want to be. I didn’t start looking the way I do until nearing up on the one year mark of heavy weightlifting. It takes time to get there, but eventually we get there.

Don’t let some pictures on the internet ever stop you from doing something. Don’t compare. Never, ever compare. Just keep going. I have suffered far too long comparing myself to others to let anyone else fall into the same trap.

Selina loves the way Bruce says her name. The way it barely escapes his mouth, hovering between his lips. He tries to keep himself under control, he really does. But she can see his emotions peeking through, whether it be his flashing eyes or tense hands.

It’s almost…magical.

Selina, ” Bruce grits, jaw clamped shut and eyes closed. He takes deep breaths while she flicks off a stray piece of glass. The kids are shouting in the background. Whether it be in fun or terror, Selina supposes that really doesn’t matter. She’s done her good deed of the day. Bruce opens his mouth again but only emits a growl. He swallows. “Se-lin-a.”

“That’s my name,” she replies, settling her sunglasses on her nose and stretching, “Don’t wear it out.”

She smirks as she hears the stifled sounds of apoplectic rage.

Well. It’s magical to her.

Bruce, on the other hand hand, may have asphyxiated back there. 

Lack of discipline; can wash out every talent, every effort, every dream from your life.
4 Ways the Meat Industry Lies to You

1. Deceptive Animal Welfare Labels

You may see “cage-free,” “free-range,” and other so-called humane labels on meat, dairy, and eggs, but don’t get it twisted. All animals raised for food will meet the same violent and unnecessary death: having their throats slit.

Additionally, hatcheries that supply all sorts of “happy” egg farms still grind up male chicks alive or suffocate them in garbage bags. And cows on organic dairies have their babies ripped away from them only to be sold for veal. Sound humane to you? We didn’t think so.

2. Idyllic Portrayal of Farmed Animals

You know all those cute, cartoony images of smiling farmed animals being raised outdoors in open pastures? Don’t believe it for a minute. The vast majority of farmed animals raised for food in the United States endure a life of misery and pain on factory farms. These poor animals will never see sunlight or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded in overcrowded transport trucks and shipped to slaughter.

3. Misleading Language

When the meat industry describes what it does with its animals to the public, it gets really crafty. Instead of using words like “killing” and “slaughtering,” the industry goes for gentler-sounding words such as “harvesting” or “processing.” We’ve heard of harvesting crops or processing a payment, but hanging someone upside down and cutting their throat open doesn’t sound like harvesting or processing to us.

4. Bogus Sustainability Claims

We can’t even. If someone tries to tell you that animal products are “sustainable” or “environmentally friendly,” tell them to check themselves. No matter what it says on the package, animal agriculture is one of the leading contributors to climate change. It also wastes valuable resources and has a major hand in deforestation and species extinction.

But what about grass-fed beef? Forget about it. According to Gidon Eshel, professor of environmental science at Bard College, “The only sustainable beef is beef that was never produced or consumed. Beef and sustainability are about as compatible as war and goodness.”