Insta Posing Progress Pictures

“Are you snapfacing on Instatwitter again?” asked my husband, Henri.  God love him, he is the only person on Earth who makes me feel young; he knows even less about social media than I do!

I’ve been making a concerted effort to learn Instagram recently and was rewarded with 500 followers.  Yay!500-minion

Did you know that there’s a hashtag for everything?  (People over 40: a hashtag # is basically a filing system for the internet, i.e. – If you wanted to find pictures of bodybuilders type in #bodybuilding.)

And unlike Facebook, people can be total instasluts and post nude pictures, and they pop up in the most unexpected places.  Like once I searched #Disney and some naked lady posted that she was a bad girl and to call her for a good time, and I was like, ‘On #Disney?  Really?’  But what do I know.  She had like 2 million followers.

Other people only post good pictures of themselves.  That’s kind of boring.  No one looks good every single day.  Shoot, I can go a solid week of looking downright frumpy until my family and friends perform an intervention.

I usually search the following hashtags for motivation:  #instafit, #fitmommy, #bodybuilding and #girlswholift.  A recent article in the Huffington Post said that looking at all those fit people can lower your self-esteem, because you subconsciously compare yourself to the other people in the picture.

Sometimes I feel this way, but usually it’s by impressive mommies and not bikini competitors.  Like when I’m looking at a gorgeous woman in designer clothes who posted that she saved a puppy from drowning while homeschooling her three kids and just won the lottery, but plans to give it all to charity instead of spending it on herself.  That makes me feel a little inferior.

But most days I look at the top bikini women #ifbbprobikini and figure out what I have to do to get my physique better so I can beat them.  I guess that’s Type A behavior.  Or maybe my thought is that I’ll never win Mother-of-the-Year, but I might win my pro card, so let’s focus there.

#Progresspictures are the most fun for me to see because they give me hope that with time and effort things will work out.  Plus, it’s an example of you competing against yourself and (hopefully) winning versus doing a #hater post where you compare yourself against another person.

With that in mind, here is a progress picture of my #bikiniposing. posing-progress-pictures-lisa

The blurry picture on the left is from 2012, after my first competition.  The picture on the right, by Sal Robles Photography, was taken during the Texas Shredder this April.

I think it’s a good example of how just a slight twist of your waist and arch of your back can make you look a whole lot better.

As for snapfacing on Instatwitter, I’ll try to post more pictures like this one, behind-the-scenes of what it’s like to prepare for a bodybuilding #competition, and keep it real.  Except for selfies.  For those I use the beauty face filter ’cause I’m over 40 and trust me sometimes soft focus is a good thing.

How about you?  Do you find Instagram motivating?

Lisa 😉

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Lisa Traugott is a Mom’s Choice Award winning writer, fitness blogger, wife and mom of two. Her book, “She’s Losing It!” is available at (and has a 5-star review rating!)

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4 thoughts on “Insta Posing Progress Pictures

  1. Oh my goodness, I’m not the only social media retard!!! I don’t Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! How lame am I? My friend (Shurelle Oakes, who I think you follow on Instagram or some dumb thing) turned me on to your book and now the blog! Love it! Love you! Keep keeping it real! We adore you.

    1. Ha! Yeah, I follow her on Instagram, which I’m still trying to figure out. Snap Chat is really confusing for me. You write it, it disappears, but you can take a screen shot…so it doesn’t really disappear does it?
      Anyway, glad you like the book!

  2. You know I do find IG inspiring. Like the dumbbell leg curl you posted the other day had me trying it at the gym. It was effective for sure! I love those posts and learning from others who lift.

    I’ve actually unfollowed some people that post too many selfies in the fashion of, me waking up, me feeding my dog, me in my car singing, me sticking my tongue out, me going to bed with sexy bedroom eyes. It’s too much I think. You don’t need to document your whole day. That’s just my 2 cents.

    1. I totally agree with you! Some people only seem to do selfies where they look perfect. I like the women who show a lunch box with a slice of pizza in it saying #KeepingItReal. That’s the stuff that makes me laugh.

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