“Before and after” shots, progress pictures, whatever you choose to call them, have been helping to motivate and inspire many people on a weight-loss journey. They serve as a reminder of the past and ultimately, a celebration of the future. Just earlier today I read an article on my fitness pal’s blog about the positive impact these photos can have.
Today, as I stood in my bathroom, taking those dreaded photographs on my cell phone while still maintaining some bit of modesty (not an easy task…) so they might one day be shareable, I vowed to never have to take these photos again.
This isn’t my first rodeo. These pictures have been taken before. I’ve heard the gasps as friends and family compared side by side photos after I lost some weight. But in the end, I always gained it back.
My denial and laid-back attitude towards diet and exercise always caught up to me. Not this time.
Everything about my life is different now. I’m different. I don’t have any of the excuses I’ve used before. Not one.
- I have a normal, day-shift job. No more 16-hour night shifts with vending machine dinners.
- I’m not exhausted every day, getting crappy sleep, and struggling just to fit basic life things into my schedule.
- I can afford to purchase quality, healthy food.
- I share most of my meals with my live-in boyfriend (who happens to be an amazing cook), so gone are the excuses of “well I can’t cook a big healthy meal for just me….”.
- I have a gym membership at a gym I like, that’s open 24 hours a day, and I even have several workouts I can do at home.
- I’m no longer in an ankle brace or boot, and my only restriction is running.
- And more importantly, I know I can do it. I did it before, I can certainly do it again.
So today I took those pictures, and I look forward to the day I can share them with you next to those “after” shots.
Bonus motivation: I realized if I lose approximately 1.5 lbs/a week starting now, I can reach my ultimate goal weight (or at least the one I have in my head…) by the time we go on vacation this summer (roughly).