Why measurements & photos are so important
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Back when I got serious about losing weight, in October 2014, I failed to do 2 big things:
I didn't take before photos.
I didn't take measurements.
I didn't think it was that big of a deal. I mean, I had photos of myself, right? I knew how bad I looked. And how my clothes fit was far more important than writing down a bunch of measurements. Also, I had a fear of admitting even to myself that I was "serious." I'd been "serious" before and had either not lost weight or had lost it only to gain it back. What if I failed? If I had all the preparatory photos and measurements, wouldn't it make me feel worse? Wouldn't that put extra pressure on myself?
When I reached my goal, I knew I had lost 41 lbs. I knew I had gone down 4 sizes. I knew I looked a whole lot better, and a whole lot healthier. I scrounged around and found a photo taken not too long before I began, and made a little side-by-side comparison (my SP profile picture). WHOA! Everyone who saw it said they didn't remember that I had looked like that before photo - heck, I didn't remember that either! I knew I was terribly out of shape, but I didn't realize how big I was or how puffy and bad my face looked. Even my eyes look better in the after photo.
AND...the other day I found a notebook where I had written down measurements in February 2014, so I went ahead and took measurements right then and there. I have lost 25.75 inches!! I am just flabbergasted - that does not even seem POSSIBLE!
It's powerful, even now, a year+ after reaching my goal weight. It makes me feel strong mentally AND physically, knowing exactly what I did, what I'm capable of. I wish I had had that tool along the way.
As far as putting undue pressure on ourselves, what if we got into the habit of taking those photos and measurements from time to time? They'd lose their power to spoil our mood or make us feel like failures. I mean, we're here, so we must be at least to some extent "serious" about getting healthy or losing/gaining weight, right?
So go, right now, and take that photo and those measurements. Give yourself a touchpoint! You'll be so glad later on.