Before-and-after photos are all the rage on Instagram. And usually these "transformation" photos show someone who lost weight or got super-fit. But "progress" doesn't have to mean getting skinny or gaining muscle tone.
For fitness blogger Joanne Encarnacion, it was the opposite. The mother-of-two posted these photos side-by-side on Instagram—one from October 2016 and one current photo, to show herself (and others) that gaining weight and losing muscle does not have to be a "failure":
In the caption, she gave herself—and all of us—an inspiring pep talk about body image and confidence.
"'I am failure for not sticking to consistently training and for not eating as clean as I should have.' This is the story I could be telling myself," she wrote. But instead of turning this opinion "into a fact," she shifted her perspective.