Ok, so I know this is what people dread the most, especially if you are about to embark on a fitness or weight loss journey. Why would we want to take a picture of ourselves when we feel at our worst?? Let me tell you, practically everyone that I know that has an incredible weight loss story that did not take before pictures completely regret it. Including myself!! When I was at my heaviest, all of my pictures that I kept either were cropped, or were just of my face! I didn't want to document when I felt at my worst. Now I wish I had them so I could see my own personal journey. I encourage everyone to do this, even if it's just for yourself! If you are serious and want to make a change, this has got to be a priority. Here are some reasons why!!!
It's completely motivating.
What wouldn't motivate you more than to see what you really look like??? I took my before pictures this weekend, and yes, I was kind of shocked, lol!! Granted I just had a baby 3 months ago, but boy did I think I looked a lot better than I did!! I didn't dwell on it, I used it as motivation. I knew exactly what I was going to do to make a change!!! My biggest focus right now?? The little snacks I was having at night! Yes, I am known to grab one to many dark chocolates, which may lead to some other snacks and so on! It's a bad habit I got into and I know it needs to stop now!!!
Yup, it's not fun, but it's the truth, and the reason why we are doing it is to make a change. It's something that can totally be a wake up call, and whip you into the right mindset. Plus, I took the before pictures for a challenge, so I know I have to make a change because everyone knows I'm a part of this!!!
How else can we see progress?
This goes back to when I was at my heaviest, and I didn't take any pictures. I'm not a fan of the scale at all, and try to avoid it at all costs! This is by far the best way to gauge your progress, and it's so satisfying to put the pictures side by side and see how far you've come! We look at ourselves everyday, so it's hard to see our own progress.
You are the only one that needs to see them.
Even if you never show anyone, that's ok! You have them for yourself, to show your journey, and to know that your hard work has paid off! That is the biggest reward! This is your own personal journey!
Your pictures might inspire someone someday.
I don't know about you, but being able to inspire someone to better themselves in any way is one of the most fulfilling accomplishments. There is nothing better in my eyes. You never know who's life you can change by sharing your story, or sharing your journey. Don't live in regret when you hit your goal, and you don't have any pictures to show people where you came from. Even if you can't imagine sharing these pictures even with your dog right now, believe me, you might want to share with others to help them achieve their goals!
Are you on a weight loss journey? Make it a point today to take those pictures! You won't regret it!!!!