When it comes to social media, trying to find honesty can be like trying to find the right filter – difficult, but not impossible. Instagram is filled with #ads, 30 second transformations and edited pictures that can often make us feel down about our own lives.
Dani Guy, however, is fighting back against the fitness industry by posting raw photos with honest and often emotional captions about how postpartum life actually is while showing the world that it’s okay to have days off, stretch marks should be embraced and most importantly, mental health is the most important thing.
We’ve put together a collection of just a few of our favorite badass moments from the Instagram star.
1. When she called bulls*** on transformation pictures
Oh how easy it is to change our appearance in a few seconds. Social media. It can be such a good place for motivation, inspiration and knowing you can get strong after pregnancy or in life in general. There's also a lot of highlight reals, And that's great. I love seeing girls smash their goals. I'm like "yes girl, you're a bad ass bitch, slay". But I don't see WHY people need to cover their bloating, stretch marks, cellulite, use photo shop to adjust their appearance or trying to claim you look a certain "fit" way, when you don't. By all means, show your best angles, those abs when you flex that you've worked hard for, but show your lows too. . The only person that cares about all your "imperfections" is yourself. No one gives a shit if you have so called "imperfections", or if you bloat. We all bloat and at the end of the day we are our own worst critics and have imperfections as well, BUT FUCKING OWN THEM, or work hard to change them if you don't like them. . Don't lie to yourself to impress others, again, no one gives a shit. Because at the end of the day, you know what's true, and you're only letting yourself down. Be happy with who you are and what you've got, or set goals and smash them. Do you, be you, LOVE you. . If we all showed our highs AND lows, we'd learn to love ourselves and all our "imperfections". We'd feel like we are normal instead of second guessing ourselves and worrying if you're the only one who gets bloated, or has stretch marks ect. Im grateful for the people who post about their insecurities and I'm also grateful for all the woman who post their transformations or show how hard they've smashed it to be so fit and strong. I can see I'm not alone and I know I can get where I want to be. I know this is whishful thinking, people love to only show their best or edit pictures to look better. Just stay true to yourself, because at the end of the day, that's ALL that matters.
2. When she embraced her ‘mom tum’
Forever receiving messages asking how I got rid of my "my tum". So I thought I'd share how I look in different stages. My mum tum is still there, and im damn proud of it. There is nothing wrong with it. Yeah I stand up and it's much less visibly, but I sit down and I have a good chunk of over hang and loose skin. But I had 2 babies, so of course it's expected to have this. Is normal. It's a reminder of how amazing our bodies are and what they are capable of. So let's not only normalise this in all it's beauty, but stop worrying about what IT looks like and work on ourselves from the inside. At the end of the day, no one gets to tell you how you feel or how you should look. And PLEASE stop comparing yourself to everyone else's high light reels ✌🏾 #mumtum #mumlife #normalisemumbod #weareallbeautiful #looseskinisnormal #embraceyourbody #selflove #5monthspostoartum
3. When she was happy with all her angles
I'm not going to label this picture "real life" vs "Instagram". I'm just going to label it "reality". The reality is, we all have better angles. We all have highlight reels. There are ways to make me look my "best" with tan, lighting, posing etc. And that's ok. . . But you know what? Both are REAL. I want people to still have hope and understanding that you CAN achieve anything. It's still good to show our highs, because it helps other people. . . It's still good to show our lows, because it also helps people. ALL OF IT DOES. Neither one is fake, neither one is lying, they are both real. We don't always look our best. Our body's fluctuate. We are constantly changing. But neither one is better than the other. . . So KNOW that you can look like both, and KNOW that both are BEAUTIFUL. Concentrate on being the best you. Don't compare yourself to someone else's highlight real. Concentrate on loving yourself, starting from within ✨
4. When she remembered happiness is more important than abs
WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY WAY!! I get lots of people asking me how I've gotten rid of my "mum tum", and to tell you the truth, I haven't, and I'm cool with that. I'm sure I will over time, but again, that's not a major issue for me. For me, I love the image on the right JUST as much as I do on the left. Self love is what matters. I'm so LUCKY I got to have 2 beautiful babies, so I will rep my "mum tum" with pride, because you better believe a stomach or body for that matter doesn't define who I am, nor should you let it define YOU! Be happy for who you are and what you look like. A number, a picture, a certain imagine, how much percent body fat you have, if you have abs or perfect skin does not determine who you are. That comes from within. We all come in different shapes and sizes and there is NO RIGHT ONE! Only your right one!! Health and fitness is all about HAPPINESS, in every single aspect of your life. So find that, do that and SLAY 👊🏾 . . . #bbg #bbgbabes #bbgfam #bbgmums #bbgcommunity #bodyconfidence #selflove #mumtum #4monthspostpartum #fitness #healthyliving #healthylife #happylife #happiness #beagoodperson #kaylaitsines #healthandfitness
5. When she owned her raw, beautiful body
Let's be real, we ALL take 100 photos until we get the perfect one, amirite? Don't answer that, I know I'm right. But sometimes, you've just got to post the most real, raw, exposed, TRUE photo. The one that wasn't suppose to be a photo because you were laughing at your husband at how shit he is at being an insta husband 😂. But, at the end of the day, a photo doesn't define who we are. So, here's my raw and real, rolls and all. Health isn't just about what you look like, it's about how you feel and how you treat your body. I've been treating mine with these AMAZING @hbird.co blendie balls. I just pop one straight in a smoothie when I'm lacking my nutrients for the day because they are filled with allllll the goodness 👌🏾 I struggle to eat on time each day while juggling the kids, so these have been a life saver. Your health is your wealth my friends, so treat your body the way it deserves, and EMBRACE IT 👊🏾 . . . . #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #fitness #fitlife #healthisyourwealth #metalhappiness #raw #real #exposed #bodyconfidence #selflove #hbirdco #blenditbirdy #sp #bbg #bbgcommunity #healthymind
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