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Before and After Pics

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Ok, so a pet peeve of mine is before and after pics. I mean, I love 'em - they represent possibility, hard work, determination, the knowledge that people CAN succeed so I can probably succeed too.


So many many before pics (at least of the ladies) involve a sports bra and a pair of too tight shorts. The subject stands there with their hands limply at their sides or rigidly held out to the left and right like they are being martyred on the cross of obesity. They don't smile, they have their hair tightly pulled back, no makeup on. Then they turn sideways for another shot. It all smacks of "full-body mug shot." And then there is the after picture, usually an action shot, out laughing and playing with friends. Or a strategically placed camera with a figure flattering pose. If it's another mug shot, then this time it's a smiley one, with the hair done and the makeup on. It's worse when it's a commercial company before and after because the white chicks usually get a spray on tan and hair color too.

Why can't we be happy where we are today and still try to move forward? I mean, losing weight doesn't make a grim and unhappy life immediately wonderful and sun shiny. Sure there are things that will be better without the extra weight, but dieting isn't going to cure depression or discontent. You have to make deeper changes.

This is all probably me projecting my issues onto something else out there. I know that I have to watch out for negative language and negative thoughts. I can't beat myself up into losing weight and getting fit; I have to love every part of that journey instead of punishing myself till I get to a specific end point. So this time, that's the attitude I'm taking. And that means not using words in ways that hurt me, and I think it will also need to mean not using images that hurt me either.

So anyway, I love the idea of taking pretty before shots. Finding a location and a pose and an outfit that I can recreate along my weightloss journey. Today, I'm thinking about how I can do that and I hope to have my first in a series of good photos up soon.

(And haha, I tricked you! There are no actual pictures in a post that is titled "Before and After Pics")
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    My "before" pic is a happy picture of me sitting on Santa's lap. It just happens to be one that show's me at my most "unhealthy". I cannot say I was unhappy.
    It was just a very revealing shot of how I really looked. Fully clothed and relaxed.

    When I saw it I was kind of shocked, during that time in my life I was avoiding camera's or getting rid of unflattering photos. The miror was not nearly a mean to me as the polaroid.
    Something held me back with that one (I felt sorry for "Santa" because I think I was larger than him) and I tucked it away instead of destroying it.
    It really has been a good motivator for me.
    There is also a swim suit shot from a vacation around that same time that is on my motivational poster but will nerver make it to my Spark.
    1967 days ago
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    1969 days ago
    This is the second post I read about before pictures... maybe because I'm just about to take mine =)

    I never really noticed what you pointed out- most before pics are so sad! And the after shots are happy and peppy.

    Maybe I'll make it a point to have a happy before pic emoticon
    1969 days ago
    Can't wait to see your version of before and afters :)
    1969 days ago
    Very good points. If we aren't happy with ourselves now, truthfully we'll never be happy at our "goal weight" either.
    1969 days ago
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