Fitness Without A Face
Melissa Powex • 14th April 2017 (Good Friday)
You may notice from my instagram that I do not have my face in any of my pictures. Why you may ask….
Well this is for a number of reasons:
- I work as a mental health nurse in real life and when I am working – I am boundaried and thoughtful about the clients I work with. I see clients in the local community and I don’t think it is fair for me to be advertising myself when you may see me in my day to day job with someone that does not want to be noticed or identified as having a mental health issue.
- The people I see in my day to day job do not want to be interrupted mid conversation – nor do they want to be informed while having an important chat that I may not be focussed on what they are saying and that my attention is not given to them at that time.
- I do not feel that my face should be a representation of me in its entirety. If you notice on my instagram – my message is trying to be about a shared, balanced overall view of how to incorporate fitness into your life and eat well. This can be to address physical health and mental health and I would like to think that if you feel better one day mentally by looking at a pretty picture or the sun rise or set, this may inspire you to be more active. You do not need to see my mug every day as your inspiration. The world can be your inspiration.
- My face and body is mine to critique and judge every day. We all do this and as much as I want you all to become fit and healthy and link it to how you feel mentally, I feel that actually I don’t need extra judgement about how I look. Yes I do post pictures of me working out (ish) and progress shots (kind of)– but I try to make these more focussed around my own proud moments of feeling strong or having learned something new.
- As ever, I am learning and maybe in the future my face will feature more, but despite me sending the message to find ways to feel confident inside and out and feel strong mentally and physically, I want to protect myself as I have vulnerabilities too. I have worked with young people who have been hospitalised as a result of social media trolling and difficulties. I like to think that I have a strong mind in many ways and I am determined, but I don’t want any nasty surprises in this social media world thanks.
- Fitness for me is about your own concept – not the face of one person. People are inspirational and you should find your own motivation. I learn from people, both when they fully expose themselves and not – but my concept of fitness is about what makes you do it. Not what makes you fearful and feel vulnerable.
You can be faceless in social media too – to protect yourself.