Fitness Instagrammer Realizes Her Ideal Body Is Unrealistic

Katie Wilson recently shared an interesting message on body image expectations. (Photo: Instagram/Katiewilsonfitness)
Katie Wilson recently shared an interesting message on body image expectations. (Photo: Instagram/Katiewilsonfitness)

Katie Wilson, of the popular Instagram account katiewilsonfitness, recently shared a message encouraging her followers to unfollow their body inspirations.

In a split photo on her page, Wilson reflected on the importance of setting realistic goals — and knowing when one’s fitness expectations are not attainable.

UNFOLLOW YOUR INSPO? ___ Who is your gold-standard inspiration for your physique, the one you are forever idolizing and comparing your body to? For me it was Jaime Eason. When I started out she was all over every magazine. I'd stare at the thin skin on her arms, and her midsection devoid of muffin top. I couldn't wait to look just like that. ____ Inspiring as Jamie was- and still is- what I didn't realize is how unrealistic this goal was to not just reach but maintain- at least for me. Her body is her living, it's also way above average in conditioning compared to most fitness standards. For as long as I've been lifting, and the 20lbs of muscle I've since added, to match this level of bodyfat would take pretty restrictive calories and a steady use of cardio to match AND maintain… no thank you. ???????? ___ People like her are making five, six, seven figures off of their bodies. Their above average image is their full time job. From IG fitness personalities, to fitness models, and some big budget movie stars like the Dwayne Johnsons and Mark Wahlbergs. All of these people's income is directly related to their body fat level. So not only do they have reason to hold this above average level of fitness, they also have the time. ____ Over time I've learned to adjust my goals to be more healthy, sustainable, and in keeping with an average person. I'm still inspired by physiques like hers, however I realize that she and I are not on the same level. Of course being in this industry I should always lead by example. But that example should be what I teach my clients: physically healthy to reach, mentally healthy to maintain. ____ Be inspired by fitness models, competitors, actors. But never use them as your standard of measurement for you own progress. ____ #BreakTheFitspoCycle #IAm1stPhorm #1stPhorm #NeverSettle #BodyPositive #BodyImage

A post shared by Katie Wilson (@katiewilsonfitness) on May 31, 2017 at 1:13pm PDT


Beginning the post with a bold message, “UNFOLLOW YOUR INSPO,” she explained what lead her to share this interesting note — and questioned who her followers were looking to for fitness inspiration in the first place.

“Who is your gold-standard inspiration for your physique, the one you are forever idolizing and comparing your body to?” she wrote. “For me it was Jaime Eason. When I started out she was all over every magazine. I’d stare at the thin skin on her arms, and her midsection devoid of muffin top. I couldn’t wait to look just like that.”

However, she soon realized that comparing her body to Eason’s wasn’t healthy, or smart.

“Inspiring as Jamie was – and still is — what I didn’t realize is how unhealthy this goal was — at least for me. Her body is her living, it’s also way above average in conditioning compared to most fitness standards. For as long as I’ve been lifting, and the 20 lbs of muscle I’ve since added, to match this level of body fat would take pretty restrictive calories and a steady use of cardio to match AND maintain… no thank you.”

She makes it clear to Yahoo Beauty she doesn’t feel Eason’s physique is unhealthy — just the idea of some women trying to achieve it. Eason’s body, she says, is “hard to reach and a lot of work to maintain, absolutely. But I have a general idea what her training and diet entails, and while it’s rigorous — it’s still within healthy limits. However I think most ladies would find this lifestyle quite restrictive to follow long term, especially when they are not fitness models themselves.”

In her Instagram caption, she noted that fitness models and competitors like Eason are often paid to look the way they do, unlike regular people who work out to stay fit.

“People like her are making five, six, seven figures off of their bodies. Their above average image is their full time job,” she says.

Wilson found great inspiration in Eason’s look and set goals to accomplish her own body transformation. “I’m 32 now and I first started training at 22. As someone who’d never been at all athletic or fit, nor confident about my body, seeing someone like Jamie who was — and still is — this unique combination of femininity, poise and muscularity was so inspiring,” she says. “She was a huge catalyst to my confidence to go after a fit physique, but at the same time, it accidentally caused me to set this unbelievably high standard for my goals from day one.”

But measuring herself against Eason made her insecure.

“I’d always had a thin, frail body, but still carried a muffin top. No matter how much progress I made, or how my physique evolved, in those early years I barely appreciated it because I was comparing myself more with her than with my former self,” she says.

UNFOLLOW YOUR FITSPO ___ I have unfollowed more female fitness accounts than I can remember, and all for the same offense: they are ALWAYS fkng dieting. ___ Headed to an Expo? Diet. Headed to a vacation? Diet again. Summer is coming! Diet! They diet, binge, gain weight, and end up back at the same point again. It's a constant 10-12 week cycle of constantly needing to diet for one event or another, and never finding a healthy maintenance point. Very little time is ever spent outside of a phase where calories are being restricted and they have a healthy sense of self. ____ What an awful example to lead for your followers and clients. ___ There are usually one of two things wrong here: Either she hasn't found sustainable, moderate eating habits herself and dieting is the only approach she knows. OR she has dysmorphic views of her physique that make her unnecessarily critical…. sometimes it's both. How can they hope to teach their clients sustainable habits and self confidence when they haven't found them yet either. ____ Some of the best female coaches and personalities I know also struggled with these things early on, but they've gone on to learn how to better lead by example. They are aware of the impact their behaviors and habits have on those around them. In time they've sought healthy, balanced approaches both to their self confidence and diet habits. In turn both they and their following can thrive long term because of this. ___ You may start following someone because their picture or physique caches your eye. But if all they do is diet, and preach restriction: RUN. Don't seek to learn a balanced life from someone who doesn't lead one themself. ___ #BreakTheFitspoCycle #IAm1stPhorm #NeverSettle #1stPhorm #BodyPositive #BodyImage

A post shared by Katie Wilson (@katiewilsonfitness) on May 30, 2017 at 1:43pm PDT


She decided that she needed to alter her own fitness expectations and make a change in her workout goals. “After a few years I began to realize that I was so focused on comparing myself to her and so many ladies like her, that I was holding myself to a standard no one else was expecting of me. It took time, but I gradually started adopting a more reasonable standard for my appearance and lifestyle. I started looking back at how far I’d come, rather than only forward, and appreciating the work I’d put in.”

Despite reprioritizing her fitness standards, she still very much looks up to Eason in her life. “I’ve learned to adjust my goals to be more healthy, sustainable, and in keeping with an average person,” she detailed. “I’m still inspired by physiques like hers; however, I realize that she and I are not on the same level. Of course being in this industry I should always lead by example, but that example should be what I teach my clients — physically healthy to reach, mentally healthy to maintain.”

Wilson stayed on a good path, and learned what worked for her — and what didn’t.

“I always kept an overall healthy — albeit overcritical — approach to my goals even early on. I will say though that I was lucky to get into fitness and establish my confidence before things like Instagram and Facebook took off,” she says.


Social media can be detrimental to both health and body image, believes Wilson. So be careful who you follow, and take what you see with a big grain of salt.

“Everyone with an ego and a six pack is propping themselves up as some kind of fitness guru with the answers to all your problems,” she says.

Being fit isn’t about a number on a scale, but about long-term health.

“Your goal shouldn’t be so ‘end-focused’ because if you are doing this right there is no end,” she says. “You should keep improving your body for years on end. The true goal is constant progression. If you do that, you’ll actually end up with a uniquely fit body that people will envy no matter if you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond.”

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