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The Importance Of Progress Pictures! Take Some!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This is especially for those of you that hate that darn scale because it doesn't always read what you think it should. Monthly pictures have reflected my progress better than the scale and the tape measurer put together if you ask me! OF COURSE it is a wonderful feeling when the number on the scale goes down and when I find out I lost a few inches but it just doesn't equate to the feeling I felt when I compared my first two progress pictures. My jaw dropped. Ok so lets back peddle a little bit. When I decided to start working out I hit the gym HARD, and when I say hard I mean it. I went 30 consecutive days. (which is bad, don't try it) Well I fully expected that a when person who hasn't worked out in six years starts exercising intensely all of the sudden and modifies their diet (a little bit) would lose weight! Right?! Well I didn't lose weight, in fact I GAINED weight! I felt horrible! I couldn't believe that I had just wasted so much time and effort and I wanted to give up. THEN . . . I took a new picture of myself and compared it to the before picture. WOW was all I could say as a huge Crest toothpaste commercial smile spread across my face. WOW! Then I ran with the computer to my husband so he could see. I vividly remember holding my breath as he sat up, set the computer on his lap, and then proceeded to push his unnecessary but sexy reading glasses up from his nose like an old man to get a good look at my pix. Then guess what? HE SAW IT TOO! I wasn't crazy and I wasn't seeing things! My body was actually changing! I was floating on cloud nine! All that exercise and salads turned out NOT to be a waste of time. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it is true! The amount of encouragement and motivation that progress pictures can provide is off the charts! When the scale is pissing you off and the person staring back at you in the mirror looks unchanged, turn to your pictures. They don't lie, like the mirror can since we look at ourselves in it very often.

I challenge every one of you to start taking progress pictures of yourself if you haven't already. If you don't want to post them on this site then I understand completely. I was so embarrassed of my original before photo. I look worse than I thought I did starting out that I didn't even want my face to show. Take baby steps. Maybe you can not show your face as well, or maybe you can some how work up to posting your photo. No matter what you should be proud and if you don't feel proud now I bet money that you will once you see even the tiniest bit of progress in your second photo. One last thing, before and after pictures are great as well but it is in between that you need to record and see for yourself the most DURING your weight loss journey. It will give you an unimaginable boost even when it is unexpected because you think you didn't change or because you know you didn't lose weight. To those of you that don't know, I am the SAME weight in the majority of my progress pictures and then in the one photo I am only down a SINGLE pound. If I had only stuck with the scale then I wouldn't be where I am today. (like I am really somewhere far lol) I would have not only beaten myself up but I would have quit.

Go for it guys.

P.S - Measurements measurements measurements. You have to stop letting the number on the scale bother you so much people. I went and am still going through the same thing. We all want the number to go down, and IT WILL but everything doesn't happen on our time. Don't give up because of the scale like I almost did. Take your measurements because THAT is what is important. You might not have lost a pound but you could have lost 2 inches off of your waist. Good luck everyone and let me know if and when you post your pictures so I can check them out!

I forgot to mention that the March Challenge for my SparkTeam is to take a PROGRESS PHOTO! What a coincidence ;) You still have 5 more days!

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    I read a great tip to stay on track without watching the scale. As you make progress, buy a pair of the tightest jeans you can get into... make sure you try on those jeans once a week and you're staying on track. Of course it's also a good excuse to buy some fun jeans :)

    Of course I'm so much of a numbers dork that I do weight in every day and measure every week, but that's definitely not the right motivation for everyone. My new Withings wifi scale logs my weight for me now: http://www.withings.com/en/utils/gr
    3892 days ago
  • VEMAN1
    Great blog. Yes, the numbers are not the end all to be all. The proof is in the pudding. Things are definitely different around the mid section, back, and chests.

    You rock!
    3916 days ago
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    3926 days ago
    That was a good blog...I totally get what your saying. I am scared to take a photo of myself emoticon . No good. But the scale does pose a challenge and frustration sets in. So I think I will take your advice because as you said photos don't lie and it may motivate me more because I will actually see what I doing...Good Job.
    3937 days ago
    Great blog! I just figured this out a few weeks ago on my own. I took my first set of before photos then. I don't know if you can call them that as I had already completed one cylce of insanity and I was trying to look bad in them. I will now do this every month and you have inspired a new blog. You look smokin' BTW. Keep it up.
    3938 days ago
    This is true and have heard this from other friends of mine. I always encourage a before picture, no matter how uncomfortable you may feel doing it. You can tell your progress from pictures more often than just in numbers on the scale it seems.
    3951 days ago
    Yes , your right, I'm going to take a pic starting tomorrow, at my friends house, and I WILL do that each month. I'd LOVE my abs to look like yours, They're AWESOME!
    3954 days ago
    I stumbled across your page and your blog is awesome. I just started a couple of weeks ago but I am going to start taking pics tonight! Thanks!
    3962 days ago
    Thank you ...your awesome...your blog is soooooo true..and inspirational...this is what i am gonna do now...thanx so much
    you look great....congratulations... emoticon
    3972 days ago
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you this is totally what I am experiencing. I went to the gym and worked out so hard I got sick for 3 weeks (I have EIA, exercise induced asthma) I wanted that scale to move down but it kept moving up. I was ticked. I am still a little sick with the coughing and wheezing but ready to go back and take it slow. Thanks again for this post. emoticon
    3977 days ago
  • APRILB333
    That's so true! And a total coincidence because I just posted my update blog with progress pics yesterday!lol It is hard to post them,and look at the before's,but it helps keep you accountable and really does make you happy when you can SEE the difference in your body! Great post!
    3988 days ago
  • JMARIE3031
    thank you so much for this information. I thought i was the only person that goes to the gym and dont lose weight. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!. emoticon
    now i'm going to take a picture ;)
    4037 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/9/2010 2:48:53 PM
    How is it going in 2010? I hate the scale too but am leaning to measure my progress back into health in multiple ways...not bad for a old broad learning new tricks to stay healthy. I know now that half the battle is in my head and not just backside. Smile. Have a good day and send me some more SPARK suggestions.....I am willing to learn.
    Thanks. emoticon
    4037 days ago
  • KEMMY2008
    Thank you - you are so right! I will definitely be taking pictures from now on!
    4087 days ago
    you hit the nail on the head!
    4110 days ago
    Yes Girl! I have to get with it
    4143 days ago
    Sooooo true. Thanks for sharing your story.
    4193 days ago
  • ALEXA728
    I love this blog, just came across it. I need the motivation!
    4219 days ago
    This was a great post. i have been getting so discouraged by the scale, because I am working my butt off for the past few months and I haven't dropped weight. I have seen changes in my body, but I usually get so discouraged that I quit for a week or two and mess everything up!

    Thanks again for the post. I am going to post some pictures tomorrow for my journey.
    4251 days ago
  • WALNUT5612
    I like that idea. Most of the time I have a problem trying to catch someone to take pix's. Any suggestions and taking pictures of yourself?

    4258 days ago
    I completely agree with this.

    I didn't want to take any pictures and I think that taking pics was the biggest helper in weight loss. I saw where I was improving, saw what I needed to work on, saw what wasn't changing.
    I got up the courage to take a picture of myself in a swimsuit and for the first time, was not disgusted!!

    4263 days ago
    Love your blog here, I did post two pictures in my latest blog!! COME SEE!! emoticon
    4276 days ago
    I like this. I’m always telling people don’t get to reliant on the scale. You sit there and watch the number stay right there, sometimes it may even go up. That discourages you. But you see the progression of your hard work through your picture gallery, and that inspires you. You can even become more sleek and trim even if the scale doesn’t move. So, I totally love your idea. Taking pictures along the way really does help.
    4280 days ago
    Hey, great post. I have to admit, I have visited your page once or twice to see your progress pictures to motivate me to stick with it. I work out and eat 'better', and the scale hardly moves, but I have taken measurements and I know my body is changing. I'm going to start with progress pictures at the beginning of June, hopefully I'll make great progress like you have!

    Keep up the good work!
    4294 days ago
    hahaa i just need to update mine...finally got a new camera just gotta get some batteries and I'll be set!
    4301 days ago
    I love the idea of progress pictures! I haven't done it myself... yet! But I do have a plan to begin in June.

    4304 days ago
    What a great idea! I'm definitely going to do this.

    Great post.
    4305 days ago
    Kimmieeeeeeee!!! LOL
    You are SO right about the pics. I've only lost about 6-8 pounds (am waiting till tomorrow for my official weigh in lol) but MAN I can see the difference in my face and neck between my gi pic and one I took this week.

    Thanks again for the suggestion!


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    4307 days ago
    I'm gonna try this! Thanks!
    4308 days ago
    Thanks for inviting me to your page Keep us the good work there something about the way you write that captures attention........... emoticon
    4309 days ago
    emoticon Hello just read your blog. Im there at this moment I am watching what I eat but will not deprive myself of foods that I like but wont have to much. I am walking about 45 min a day. But Im upset because I dont see the scale going down. But I have notice the changes in my clothes. I think Im loosing inches. Thanks for the encouragement! I have taken photos of my weight loss. Not Before pix I have lotssssssssss and lotsssssss
    of those pictures..........
    4309 days ago
    This inspired me...so I uploaded my pics, and I do notice a difference, in my arms and waist...it's pretty neat how that works, huh? :)
    4315 days ago
    I totally admire your motivation and confidence. Thank you for this post. I have always given up after starting a diet because I get discouraged with the scale. I am going to definitely start taking progress pics!!

    Thanks again! emoticon
    4316 days ago
    i agree with your post b/c i have a hard time seeing a diff unless it's in pics. i didn't notice how heavy i had gotten til i saw the picture that sent me on this journey, and i don't see how much i've changed now til i compare pictures either.
    4316 days ago
    Hi Kimmie, Thanks for posting this. I went from being inactive to going to the gym 5 days a week, and I have gained weight. But, my clothes fit better. So there's progress.

    I can't bring myself to take a full-length picture of myself, but give me time...
    4319 days ago
  • ROGUE_1
    I just stumbled across your page and read your blog...wow, what perfect timing! You hit the nail right on the head. I have been working out for 2 months straight and have consistently lost weight. But then today (after a great week of working out hard) I hopped on the scale and was super bummed to see that I was up .4 lbs since last week (arghh). I decided to take measurements aftewards just for the heck of it, and to my surprise, discovered that I had lost 1.5 inches within the last 2 weeks. You have motivated me to take before/during pics as well (yikes I am scared). Thanks for the inspiration!
    4319 days ago
    I just took pictures today! haha
    But this was awesome to read. You're really motivating!

    4321 days ago
    Thank you for the inspiration
    4322 days ago
  • JLBART74
    Love your photos and the thoughts in this blog. I take pictures but not that often.

    4322 days ago
    Wow. All I can say is that the encouragement from your progress pictures is going to help motivate me when I feel like giving up. Thank you.
    4323 days ago
    This was very inspirational! Thank you for posting!
    4323 days ago
  • ELISA7
    wow gurl that sound like exactly what i need to do... i always work hard and when i start gaining i stop but i have more to loose so they will be private pics for a long time but i never thought of doing that.. just from looking at your pics a month apart from each other i cant believe how good u look... after i read this i know why u really worked hard emoticon
    4323 days ago
  • TEENI_04
    I feel you girl.. I think I will try it. Because I did the same thing as you. I worked out consistently everyday for a month. When the scale didnt budge I was incredibly pissed. Like you have on your page, I was feeling very Kimora Lee, I was hungry and tired and for what? I gave up until now. I probably won't be posting them on my page until I see a considerable change. ( You're talkin to the girl who cut her pic out of everyone's yearbook she could get her hands on. I was chubby then, but I'm just plain fat now.) But I know I can do this. Two years ago I was forty lbs lighter and I really didnt try to lose that weight. I know with effort I can do better. I was sexy then and I miss turnin all those heads emoticon
    4324 days ago
    This is a great idea! I joined Sparkpeople because of a photo I saw of myself. Why did not think think to take photos to see the change. Thanks so much for the idea. However I don't think I am brave enough to place them on the web just yet. Maybe later.

    I took the pictures though and that was a big step for me.
    4326 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/27/2009 8:49:08 PM
    Thanks so much for the great idea. I will need to take a starting picture and then do one each month.
    4329 days ago
    that is awesome Keep up the great work i know it is sort of late that i am just now reading this. but i will start taking progress pictures as soon as i get a good camera.
    4329 days ago
  • TRICIA08
    Thank you so much for this. Working out I've noticed less on the weight drop but I can see the change in my body. I DO need to take progress pics...maybe, being a photographer, I just dislike being in Front of the camera LOL!

    Great post! Great reminder...thank you!
    4330 days ago
    Ya know what Kimmie ... I just couldn't do it! And even after losing 37.2 pounds I still can't bring myself to do it!

    I know I should have done it ... when I first joined NTOL you told me to do it ... and I'd be able to see the 30.25 inches I've lost and the 37.2 pounds ... but I'm ashamed, in denial, afraid ... something, all of the above.

    I am still even hesitant to take pictures to show my friends the new clothes I just got! I just feel so self conscious and almost mortified and I'm pretty close to my goal weight. I wonder if this will go away ... or will I always be self conscious?!?!

    I guess if I looked like you I wouldn't be self conscious! Oh well ... I'll work on my self confidence and maybe I'll post some AFTER pictures.

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    4330 days ago
    You are soooo right. I always get discouraged when I don't see the scale move but if I took more pictures I know I would see the subtle changes and actually do my program better. I tend to eat out of frustration so when I don't see any progress I take it a licence to eat badly. Totally counter intuitive.
    4331 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/21/2009 2:14:26 PM
    You have totally inspired me! I'm going to go take my progress picture right now.

    Ps. you look great Kimmie, way to go!
    4331 days ago
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