Thursday, October 23, 2008

Before or After Pictures

What's your motivation to be healthy? In our meetings this past week, we discussed pictures and their motivation for all of us. I have always avoided the camera, but now since losing over 80 pounds, I try to get into a few more pictures. I believe it is because I want to stay motivated to remain at a healthy weight. My before pictures are few and far between. My after pictures are plentiful and happy. I am proud of my accomplishments and stay motivated by the success I have had so far. I know I am one apple pie away from returning to my old ways, so these "after" pictures will continue to be a great motivational tool.

This week on the Biggest Loser, Bob Harper mentioned something about believing in yourself because if you don't then how do you expect others to believe in you? This is definitely a journey in which you need a lot of self confidence and belief in your abilities. It's hard to remain diligent and focused all the time. It's easy to become lazy and break back into old habits.

So what makes a bigger impact on you, your before or after pictures?

7 comments:

Lost Half of Me said...

Those few and far between Before pictures helped to give me the motivation to change my lifestyle and lose weight, but the After pictures that I now enjoy being in are definitely a tool that helps me in maintaining my weight now that I have reached my goal.

Andrew is getting fit said...

I too have extremely few before pictures.

I've got plenty of pictures available now though!

Hmm...I think both are extremely valuable to me now.

I know I like the after pictures a lot more and they still blow my socks off but the befores are needed too. They remind me how far I've come and what I need to watch out for.

new*me said...

I don't have after ones yet......just during ;) but I have to say I am enjoying the "during" ones because I look happier and younger :) I do at least a once a month pic but lately we have had a lot of family things so there has been more of me. I am not hiding from the camera so much! I use to tell them not to take my pic because my hair was a mess or I forgot my makeup but the real reason is because I didn't want proof of how fat I had gotten. I was really in denial.

john - from fat to fit said...

I certainly like the before pictures, before the fat that is. But I'm also 20 years younger in those. :-)

Edge of Design said...

I learn so much from that show the Biggest Loser. Did you hear his comment that "to try is to quit with honors". I liked that and have been saying it ever since. I take it you won't be trying to maintain your weight now either. :)

MizFit said...

so true about the believing in yourself and LOVING YOURSELF before anyone else will be able to follow suit.

my motivation is 100% sticking around for my family...

theantijared said...

I like the before pictures to motivate me, and the current pictures to push me further.