What’s your views on before and after pictures??
Personally I dislike them. Are we saying you were a lesser being, you were worth less in the before picture because you were a few inches bigger….? You have to be thinner to be a better person? To be happy, contented, successful?
Speaking from experience I have been bigger and smaller and bigger again. I felt fat even when I was at my thinnest. I wasn’t any happier being slim, a bit more self absorbed, selfish, controlling, uptight, stressy, thoughtless, totally obsessed with exercise and food. I over trained, under ate and still disliked what I saw in the mirror. I managed to get myself in a bad relationship with food which I am still working on.
I put on weight when I couldn’t run anymore, I still tried to train everyday putting my body through more stress than it could take, I was constantly hungry no matter how much I ate only this time I wasn’t burning it off. I was just stacking it on and putting on a lot of muscle through lifting too much. The more I trained the bigger I got because the more I ate.
My hormones were shot, my energy, moods and body completely done in. I became mentally and physically weak.
I am not at my smallest now, my tummy isn’t flat, my before picture would show me looking thinner in a bikini than my picture would now but should I feel bad about that? I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been and happier. Should I feel worthless, unsuccessful, a failure because on the outside there’s a little bit more of me…… are we only worth what our outer shell shows?
Hell no, mentally I am in a better place, my relationship with food is getting better, I have a lot less ‘I hate my body days’ I can still run and enjoy it, I am physically stronger, I am more flexible, I have a better mindset, my hormones are levelling out, my energy is up there, I have rest days, I enjoy life without the constant restrictions and worry. I am better and I will keep getting better as I am working on me.
Surrounding myself with good people and seeking help that I need, don’t be afraid to say ‘hey I can’t do it all, I need help’
So do I think before and after pictures tell the true story? Ummm no. You have no idea of the mental journey people are on and just because you maybe thinner it doesn’t make you happier or healthier. It’s not always sustainable.
There is a much bigger picture than what you get from a (more than likely staged) before and after picture.
There is no before and after there is just life. You are on a journey, things will not stay the same you will change and so will your shape.
Your body loves to move, your body loves real food, your body loves challenges, as does your mind, it loves self care and kind thoughts, it loves to be rested and it loves to be appreciated. Be kind to you always.