Inspiration or Sabotage?

Written by Sanae Shea

Written By:  Sanae Shea

LOVE the message. HATE the image. I would guess that 98.9% of us don’t have a chance in h-e-double hockey sticks of looking like this ever. These “inspirational” images are everywhere. How about these…


Do these images inspire you? They don’t inspire me. I know my body won’t look like this no matter how hard I try. And I’m not willing to try THAT hard anyway.

These girls haven’t had a slice of pizza in years!

I think these images give everyday women false hope. If you tape this to your refrigerator as “inspiration”…scratch that I’m dating myself. If you pin this to Pinterest or Facebook, is it because this is the body you are hoping to gain?

Shoot for a size zero and 3% body fat and you are setting yourself up for failure. Chances are you won’t be happy with your own progress when this isn’t your final result. When goals are unattainable, you are more likely to give up and end up in a worse place than you are right now.

Be realistic with your fitness goals and you will know success. I’m not saying you should take the easy route. Losing weight and getting fit is incredibly difficult and you can’t do it without sacrifice and hard work. But take baby steps and you will be more successful in the long run.

I prefer inspirational images that feature real woman who are healthy and active. Like this…

or this..

Or even this….

If this woman got herself to the gym, I know I can too.

This one should have you running, not walking straight to the nearest gym!

Are you inspired by images of scantily clad models pumping iron? If not, what DOES inspire you? Answer this question and you’ve taken your first baby steps to a healthier you.  

About the author

Sanae Shea

Sanae Shea is a girly girl living in a house full of men…1 husband, 3 sons and new puppy named Ted. When she’s not busy with her boys, you’ll find her teaching Zumba Fitness classes at several locations throughout Kearney. She is also a skin care consultant for RX Skin Therapy at USave Pharmacy in Kearney. Learn more about Sanae at


  • The top few images do not inspire me because as you’ve said Sanae, slim chance of looking like that without MAJOR sacrifice. And how fun is life if you’re scared shitless to indulge every once and a while? Plus, how much of those bodies did those women “buy” – like implants and such? Nothing against anyone who does, but I’d rather be inspired by “real” women. And when I see a heavy woman walking or running outside, I smile and think, YOU GO GIRL!! I’m not doing it!

    As always Sanae, thanks for being real with us. You are a beautiful person inside as well as out!

  • Thanks Kathy! You are too and don’t let that ugly voice in your head tell you otherwise! 🙂 I too resist that urge to yell “you go girl” out my car window all the time! That reminds me of a story that I just might save for next week 🙂