It’s no secret that Instagram is the place to be for everything fitness, food, and fashion.
With perfectly thought out – laid out – and pre-planned out photos, colors, & poses – there’s hardly anything “insta” about it.
But, still we follow the perfect world of California Mom Blogger, Yoga Mom, Fitness Model Mom, and Food Blogger Mom…for “inspiration” – even though our lives seem to be falling apart and not as perfect in comparison.
In fact, sometimes instead of being inspired we feel defeated. Like why can’t we be followed around by what seems like our own personal professional photographer to make our lives look perfect? Instead our photos are often blurry, poor lighting, or just taken too close/too far away.
Truth is – we don’t know how perfect those people’s lives are…and if we are feeling less than, that’s on us and not them. We can always hit unfollow if we are constantly feeling bad scrolling past the perfect posts.
What’s the point in following a Mom/Fitness/Food blogger with 200k+ followers who never interacts or responds to her audience?
Here’s a list of REAL Moms who I follow that are the real deal! They will inspire you, show both the good and bad sides of motherhood AND will even interact and respond to you.
What you can expect: Tons of cooking tips and videos on “how to” chop veggies, cook healthy meals, sharpen your knives, etc. (I have been known to watch Sandy’s videos over and over again because I am in awe of her knife skills!) Her instastories are both entertaining and helpful because you get to see her infectious personality and learn from her too!
What you can expect: I mean her name says it all! Holly shares insightful topics related to motherhood and training through amazing photos (often her backdrop is the beautiful Maine landscape) and relatable quotes. She’s a postpartum fitness expert and is no nonsense when it comes to caring for your postnatal body. You won’t see bikini and ab shots here – rather strength through yoga poses, weightlifting, and photos with her son.
What you can expect: Raw honesty and true fitness motivation. Full time working mom of 2, dedicated Crossfit athlete (her home gym is sick!) and professional meal prepper. Ashley shares the highs and lows of being an elite Crossfit athlete, a mother who has experienced painful loss, the joys of hitting new PRs and her journey through postpartum. She also happens to be the guest blogger for Fit Mom Strong Mom who’s post, “An Open Letter to Crossfitting Moms” went viral.
What you can expect: Tons of gym workout videos – but not videos of her in a crop top and booty shorts doing unrealistic moves. Sheryl shares her real life workouts as a mother (and personal trainer) recovering from Distasis Recti – as well as clips and exercises she does with some of her clients. Her arms are enough to inspire you to pick up a weight – but her content isn’t just “hey look at me” it’s truly helpful to all moms wanting to maintain a strong body and healthy fitness routine.
What you can expect: Mostly mouth watering photos of amazing healthy meals (recipes often included!) as well as occasional photos of this absolutely beautiful Australian foursome who truly “Fitness” as a family. They are definitely #FitFamilyGoals – (and hearing their Australian accents never gets old.) Reach out, say “hello” and expect a genuine response in return.
There really are a ton of fitness loving moms out there who are looking to help, motivate, inspire, and connect with you – including me! Check me out @fitmomstrongmom and say hi!
Let’s connect and strive to inspire the next generation (our kids!) to be healthy and fit through leading by example.
Until next time, Mommas!