Sometimes we need to give ourselves a break. We are always so hard on ourselves when it comes to health and beauty. So many people rely only on the scale to gauge success. I believe we need to find others ways to check in, especially if you’re feeling less than satisfied. Don’t give up, just change your perspective and your measuring stick.
They say absence helps you to better see the changes in people. Aging, weight loss and other life changes are more noticeable when you don’t see someone everyday. This same principle applies to our own reflection in the mirror.
It’s always good to document your journey to health. Weighing in is just one way to do this. Measurements are another. But the one which gives the most visual support is documenting your journey with photographs.
My friend mentioned to me the other day that she sees a difference in me from June to now. I decided to look at some photographs and see if I too see a difference.
This first pair shows me in May and August of this year. I actually do think I look healthier in August than I did in May.
The dreaded bathing suit photographs. The green suit was taken last July and the pink suit is from this July. I definitely see the progress here and even feel I’m walking more confidently in this year’s picture. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll rock a bikini.
Finally, below are close ups of my bottom half. I’ve always carried my weight here like many women do. The first shot is from a race I ran in May of this year. The second shot is from this July. Only two months between these pictures and I see a big difference. That slow heart rate running is sure helping tone up my legs. Thanks Coach MK. #winningatlife
It is important to measure your progress on more than just the scale. The scale often leaves me sad and frustrated. These photograph comparisons leave me hopeful and motivated.
How about you? How do you measure your progress? If you’ve been stuck in a rut, dig out some photographs and hopefully find something to smile about.