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A fitness blogger has just demonstrated how Instagram photos don't always tell the truth

Jessica Pack’s honest post is going massively viral.

JESSICA PACK IS an architect who has been chronicling her fitness journey on Instagram since 2015.

She has over 51,000 followers and regularly posts photos like this.

Confession: up until this week I probably haven't taken a rest day in two or three weeks 😳 I've been going into over drive trying to rush progress and I KNOW this is the worst thing to do. I've been overwhelmed with trying to find a work, gym, play balance and it's been really hard on my mind and body. I set an alarm at 8am to get my day started early so I could go to the gym, but both my body and mind were like nope 🙅🏼 so I slept in until 10:30am instead. And then I woke up and knew, my body needs rest today. This will actually be my second rest day this week (I took one on Monday to celebrate my roomies birthday) but that feels so long ago already 😂 Yes, rest days stress me out and do the opposite for me, but I know what I need to do today. Rest and PLAN!! I want to take several hours today to plan out the next few months for workouts, meals, work, play, everything. It sounds tedious but I think it's what my mind needs to get away from being so overwhelmed. Having a game plan and sticking to it I think will help me out. Plus I can actually have a breakfast, lunch, and dinner today 😅 I'm so bad about getting in all three meals on weekends. Not because I don't want to eat, it's just how my daily schedule works out and doesn't allow it. I wake up around 9-10am. Get to gym by 10:30-12 (depends on how slow I'm moving haha). I always do fasted workouts on weekends so sometimes I'm not eating my first meal until 2pm. It's not healthy and I want to change my weekend routine because I know my lack of nutrition on weekends contributes to my downfall. That's what I think planning will help me accomplish! So today will be rest from exercise, but I still have chores to catch up on, lots of planning, grocery shopping, and meal prepping then maybe relaxing haha. But first and foremost, coffee ☕️ Happy Sunday babes 💕

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Earlier this week, she posted an image of herself in a bikini.

At first glance, it looked like one of those typical before-and-after photos.

But, as the caption revealed, it was anything but that.

🚨 This is not a transformation photo 🚨 This week I've decided to do the 30 second transformation photo. These pics were taken second apart this morning. On the left my posture is poor, I'm pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my gross, unsightly and horrid love handles. These are often concealed by my high waisted pants and bottoms that do fit so much better now. As much as it pains me to showcase these, it also proves that my body isn't perfect and that I still have work to do and fat to lose (I'm working so hard to get rid of my love handles and lower tummy fat. Yes it has dramatically reduced already but it still exists and I'm still insecure about it). On the right I'm standing straight and comfortably. I'm lightly flexing and I've adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles. I'm thankful for bikini bottoms that now fit well and hide these but I'm also trying to show that they still exist quite a bit and that not everything we see meets the eye here on social media. You can show you best angles and hide your flaws but at the end of the day what we chose to showcase is a reflection of ourselves. My body isn't perfect. I still have imperfections and flaws that I'm slowly learning to be comfortable with. I want to be real and honest and open. Yes I've accomplished a lot, but yes my body still has less than ideal days when it doesn't look its best. Fitness and health is not a fix. It's not a destination. It's a lifestyle. If you force your progress you know who you are cheating?! You. You only cheat you. Yes I like to show my best most of the time but I've also realized by not showing my worst that it only harms myself. Being vulnerable and imperfect is hard but lying to yourself is worse. I know I'm hard on myself, it's a flaw on its own, but I'm slowly learning to be gentle and kind but it starts with being truthful to myself and knowing and understanding my imperfections and realizing that, although they exist, they don't define me. I am not a before picture. I am not an after picture. I am not fat nor am I perfect. I'm flawed. I'm scarred. I'm insecure. But I'm learning and I'm hopeful that one day I'll fully love me 💕

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Instead, Pack posted the photo to highlight what a difference thirty seconds makes.

This is not a transformation photo. This week I’ve decided to do the 30 second transformation photo. These pics were taken second apart this morning.

By simply adjusting her posture and pulling up her bikini bottoms, she was able to change her appearance quite dramatically.

On the left my posture is poor, I’m pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my gross, unsightly and horrid love handles. These are often concealed by my high waisted pants and bottoms that do fit so much better now.
On the right I’m standing straight and comfortably. I’m lightly flexing and I’ve adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles. I’m thankful for bikini bottoms that now fit well and hide these but I’m also trying to show that they still exist quite a bit and that not everything we see meets the eye here on social media.

She added that she wanted to be “real and honest and open” in the future.

Being vulnerable and imperfect is hard but lying to yourself is worse. I know I’m hard on myself, it’s a flaw on its own, but I’m slowly learning to be gentle and kind but it starts with being truthful to myself and knowing and understanding my imperfections and realizing that, although they exist, they don’t define me.
I am not a before picture. I am not an after picture. I am not fat nor am I perfect. I’m flawed. I’m scarred. I’m insecure. But I’m learning and I’m hopeful that one day I’ll fully love me

The post has received thousands of likes, and has been featured in publications like Buzzfeed, Elite Daily and Teen Vogue. Commenters have praised Pack for demonstrating that not everyone on Instagram is “perfect”.

I respect you so much for being real and sharing things like this!
Truth. I hope this encourage everyone to be honest to themselves and able to embrace their flaws.

As for Pack? She’s been a little overwhelmed by the attention, but has been making good on her promise of staying “real”.

The past 48 hours have been quite overwhelming for me 😳 I had NO idea my 30 second transformation post would become so popular 😅 It has been a humbling reminder that what we post here can be seen by anyone, anywhere and what we think, feel, and share isn't always harbored here in our BBG bubble. I've been a bit more anxious these past few days and I'm still pretty in shock 😱but very grateful as well 💕 I will ALWAYS remain real and honest here. I don't want my page to be just about my best. I don't mind showing my worst because being relatable is comforting to me. It really lets me know I'm not alone in the struggles I go through and I want other girls to know that they are not alone either!! For transparency sake, I really don't like the way my stomach looks here, and I almost didn't post this. But I reminded myself that it is perfectly ok to be a work in progress. This picture might not be my best but it certainly isn't my worst! I'm a bit mentally drained right now and I feel like this post is all over the place haha so only way I know to clear that is with a sweat sesh! Arm day I'm ready for ya 💕💪🏼

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For transparency sake, I really don’t like the way my stomach looks here, and I almost didn’t post this. But I reminded myself that it is perfectly ok to be a work in progress.

More of this, please.

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