"You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
"You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The Power of the Before & After Photo

I have referenced in previous posts about the power of the “before” picture and the impact it has had on my motivation to eat clean and workout  consistently.

It is a bit scary for me to put this out there as I am not very comfortable sharing my body (with the world) but I believe this may help someone,  so here it goes . . .

It all began last September when I decided I was going to ramp up my efforts to get back into shape after having our 2nd baby last June. I signed up for a virtual eat clean / fitness 90 day challenge group. Part of the deal was to submit a “before” picture. (it wouldn’t be shared unless I won).  It was going to be hard for me to take my own picture the way it was requested so I asked Dan (my husband) to take it for me. Even though I wore just a sports bra and shorts (no bikini) I knew this was going to be dreadful.

Dan took the photos and was very sweet about it. Once he handed me my phone and I scrolled through the front, back and side images I started to cry.  I looked so tired, out of shape and sad. I honestly did not recognize who I saw.  I asked him “This is what I look like?” Then I started to laugh because It was just  that  ridiculous to me (I guess I thought I looked better than I did!) and also I realized Dan might have been feeling a bit awkward. I was crying and laughing at the same time.  Like I said, Dan was  very  sweet and I remember him saying to me – “You can do it Trish, you’ll get back into shape.”

Here’s the pic:

I completed the 90 day challenge  and while I didn’t win what I did win was priceless. I won the power of the “before picture” and  motivation like none other.  I never expected how much I would consider this picture going forward. I looked at it when I was tired and just being lazy. I  thought about this picture while working out. When tempted to eat junk food, I thought about this picture again. I would remember how I felt when I saw it for the first time. I imagined what it would feel like to look at a picture I was proud of. A picture that wouldn’t make me laugh and cry. Perhaps this is vain but I have always exercised and I just wanted to be back to what I had been. I wanted to feel good about myself and how I looked again.

So this  before  picture actually means a lot to me. It shows me, how far I have come, how hard I have worked and it proves to me that what I am doing is working! It reminds me that I  can  do it. No matter how frustrated I get at times with plateaus, and whatever – it reminds me of the bigger picture. I am on the  committed  road to health and fitness and plan to stay here.

I have not stopped taking pictures. Below, is my progress timeline. I no longer look at my pictures and feel bad. I see improvements I would like to make but I also see a healthier, happier, more energetic wife and mommy. I am happy with myself.
Please note: while I am not smiling in my April photo – I am much happier than I was in September. 😉

I plan to take my next “after” picture on the beach over July 4th weekend! 🙂 This won’t be my last picture either. I believe in the ever evolving “before” picture. I believe in eating clean as a  lifestyle. I believe in working out and a good sweat session. Finally, I believe in doing whatever you need to stay motivated.  If you need motivation – how about taking your “before” picture?  I challenge  you! 😉

I hope this helps just  1  person to get motivated and start making some changes.

You. Can. Do. This.  

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