I have been working out and eating clean for years. A very good friend, that has a four-year degree in nutrition, is a personal trainer and in amazing shape shared this great tool with me. Take progress pictures to monitor your success.
Here is why it is important.
1. Fitness Progress Is Subtle: The changes in your body are subtle. At times it happens so slowly, I can not see the changes in the mirror. Yet, when I take pictures every few weeks, I begin to be able to compare and contrast changes over time.
2. The Pictures Provide Motivation: You are more likely to continue working hard and not give up goals if you can see progress. Without the progress pictures, I become discouraged. The process is very subtle day-to-day and week to week. It is imperative to have pictures from months ago to monitor the growth.
3. Sharing With Others: This is not an exercise in getting compliments. This has a few benefits. Yes, it is nice to have the words of encouragement. It also provides others with evidence that change is possible at any age. I am very grateful for the hundreds of pictures brave women have given me so I could see the possibilities. Posting my pictures keeps me honest about my goals. If I make a commitment to myself and share it with others, it makes me keep on track and not give up my dreams.