Progress pictures aren’t just for #TransformationTuesday or to have an excuse to “show off” your new bikini body (but please do!!). Taking “before” pictures, and reviewing them as you are starting and going through a new workout of diet regimen is motivation! As the saying goes, “It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends and 12 weeks for the rest of the world. DON’T QUIT!”. Give yourself those 12 weeks, be consistent, challenge yourself and the results WILL come!
Ok, ok back to progress pictures. It is good to get into the habit of takin pictures about once a week in order to track progress. When I first started out exercising “regularly”, I never took pictures because I hated what I looked like (can you say, “self-esteem issues”? ). And when I did take pictures I deleted them. Don’t delete them! In my transformation photo above, I had no idea I ever looked like the image on the left, and I am so surprised that I kept the picture on my phone for so long. But I am so happy I did! Putting these two images side-by-side was so motivating to me! I finally saw what all of the training had done to my body and I felt proud as hell! AND, it made me realise a new goal: to increase strength while keeping endurance. Never settle! But even though I was proud of my progress after putting these two images side-by-side a few months ago, I was embarrassed of my “before” and did not want to share with the public. Then I realised the importance of progress pictures and new I had to share, just so that I could help ONE person out there. So here I am, sharing this photo in hopes of inspiring someone..
Tips for taking progress pictures:
1. Don’t flex.
2. Choose the same angle/pose.
3. Take them at the same time of day or pre/post-workout.
4. Take them in the same location (I know, my example is different but I moved!).
5. No filters!
Moral of the story: don’t quit. Give it 12 weeks. Create a new lifestyle and find the motivation from within. Take your progress pictures, keep them to yourself or show ’em off! Use them as motivation for yourself or others. Imagine how good it will feel to have two pictures, side-by-side, one when you started and one after 12 weeks of hard work.
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?