I have had so many people come to me and ask me, “What has been the one thing that has kept you going throughout this journey?” My response is always, “PICTURES!”
If you woke up this morning and decided that today was your day to change, TAKE A PICTURE and make sure you look at it real good and for a long time! If your someone who doesn’t like getting your picture taken or is always to the back of family photos, look at the picture even longer. This will definitely put a mental image in your head and keep you on track if nothing else does.
Of course, this will be your “before” photo. You will come to value this photo in years to come. Trust me! My most valued photos (as I said in my prior blog post, are the very few before photos I have because I was that person that you may be now….the one that wouldn’t ever let anyone take my picture! My biggest regret is that I don’t have many pictures with my children. It’s actually quite sad. The even sadder part is that I didn’t change this until my oldest daughter was already 20 years old! If this is you, it’s your chance to change.
Now, if you have gotten this far into this blog post and are still reading, get up off the couch, or out of the chair, and leave the computer to go take that first “before” photo. Today is going to be your day to change. Of course, I can’t tell you what to do, but I can make you want to do it. Right? So, do you want to? Is this your day to change and become a better version of the person you are today? If so, take the challenge!
Getting up off that couch and removing yourself from the front of the computer to go take that photo is the easy part. You now have a photo that is saved in your smart phone or camera, but what’s next? I will be the first one to tell you that this journey is all MENTAL. You need to take one day at a time and get there mentally. I am definitely not the same person today that I was over a year ago the morning I got up and took my before photo. It will come though. You can do this! You can train your brain to do anything and that is where it starts.
Start off with making small goals for yourself. Even if you have 100 pounds or more to lose, your first goal should be to lose 20 pounds. After you lose that first 20 pounds, take another picture of yourself! I promise you that this is the most motivating thing you can possibly do for yourself on this journey. Continue to make small goals and those small goals will turn into one HUGE goal. Before you know it, you will have lost 100 pounds with all those small goals. You will also have at least five photos. You will be able to look at those photos with a smile on your face when you realize what you have just accomplished.
Here was my very first “before” photo from that morning when I woke up and decided it was MY DAY!
Always take one photo from the front and one from the side.
Good Luck on your journey!