One of the most important things you can do on your journey is measure your progress. It serves as a motivator, reminds you of how far you’ve come and gives you something to be proud of. But far too often, people only use the scale to measure progress: and the numbers lie. 10lbs looks different on everyone, and the numbers will never tell you if you lost fat, water or muscle. Similarly, you can notice HUGE changes in your body composition without the scale changing much at all. So when it comes to measuring progress, I prefer photographic evidence. But there’s one problem. PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME BEING HONEST IN THEIR PHOTOS!
In the age of digital cameras, we’re no longer trapped by the horrible photos of yesterday (well, most of the time). We can delete what we find unflattering, un-tag the double chins we’d rather not see, put our pics through filters to make them seem amazing and make it so we look our absolute best before we show our family & friends the pics we want them to see.
But looking good? That’s not what before pictures are all about. You’re not supposed to cut out the arm that looks fat, or use flatterring angles. You’re not supposed to suck it in, stick it out, or hide behind clothing. You’re supposed to capture YOU, as you are. Not try to hide it.
In short, before pictures are supposed to look, well… bad. They are supposed to show the parts that you’d rather no one see. They are supposed to show you in all your body glory, as it is now.