I have a confession for you today. I haven’t lost a pound in 6 months! After 6 months of no weight loss it is so easy to to get discouraged and just give up. I could come up with lots of excuses why my weight loss has stalled, but instead I am going to share how I looked back at my photos and got motivated again! And why you need to take photos even when you hate them!
That First Photo
That first photo is the hardest one! I could tell how much I hated this photo by the fact it took me over 15 minutes finding the original image and also realizing I never uploaded it to my Flickr account.
I know that you will hate that first photo, that it will be heart breaking to see a full body shot of yourself, but I promise it will be worth it in the future!
As you make progress you will see how far you have come. You will remember what you looked like in the beginning and how much progress you really have made. When you are struggling you can pull out that first photo and motivate yourself to keep on strong and tell yourself even if you don’t lose more weight you will not go back to where you started!
Keep Taking Photos
Taking photos may be more helpful than watching those numbers on the scale. This is a photo of me now (left) and a photo from the last time I lost weight (right). You may not see much difference, but I do. I see that I’m actually toning, my skin is tightening up (which I was sure would never happen), and that I’m still making progress.
I didn’t even realize how much difference there was in the last 6 months until I uploaded a new photo for my Facebook profile and I saw it next to my coverphoto. I realized that even though I was in a plateau that I should have still stayed up with taking photos. I quickly set up and took my latest body shot.
Take that first photo and hide it away if you need to. Then make an appointment to take a photo every month to see your progress. Even if you don’t see a lot of difference at first, you will love seeing them side by side when you hit your weight loss goals and have a photo to see the real difference you are making.
When you are ready pull out that first photo, you once hated, you will see how much your hard work has changed you!
Healthy Mom = Healthy Family - That is my life motto and I hope to encourage it to be yours too. January 2011 I made the decision to lose weight and lost 80+ pounds. I saw my boys start getting active with me and I realized I wasn't only changing my life but also my boys.