Last month I started a new series of monthly progress photos. It’s never easy to post photos of yourself in semi-dress and opening yourself up to the judgement (positive or negative) of your friends, followers and general internet users, but it is a beneficial way to see the changes in your body rather than relying on the scale (although I use both).
Even though I’m a couple of pounds lighter than I was this time last month, there hasn’t been a great change in my body. Some items of clothing are still a bit snugger than I would like, but I’m getting there!
So without further ado, here’s my February progress pics!
If you have any negative thoughts about these images, please don’t share them, we don’t need that kind of negativity here!
Does anyone else share their progress pics to help motivate them?
She’s a perfect 10, but she wears a 12…
In last week’s Friday round up I mentioned that I had bought a new pair of jeans in a size 10, equivalent to a US 6 (I think). Normally I’m a 12 or 14 depending on the brand and style, so I was happy!
Now, don’t get me wrong, the jeans are a little tight around the middle, and that’s where I find it the most difficult to de-jiggle and tighten up, so I though the jeans would make the ideal progress photo outfit!
Here’s the first below…
Date Taken: 29 April 2015
Do you use pictures to track your progress?
Use progress photos to measure your accomplishments, not the number on the scale (or as well as).
People say that you should use progress photos to really see how your body changes when you adopt a healthy lifestyle and want to lose extra weight. And I mostly agree. If you are building strength then it is likely that additional muscle will counter-balance fat loss, so you may not see the scale move as much as you want to, but your body composition will change. With that said, I do use the scale to track my weight loss as well as progress photos.On Friday (13th February) I weighed in at 156lb, and this weekend I took some progress shots.
On the left was a couple of months after having my baby, and I weighed about 175lb. In the middle was Aug/Sep last year and I weighed somewhere between 157 and 159 pounds. The photo on the right is from February 2015 and I weighed 156lb. I know there is no major difference between the second and third pictures, but I am definitely slimmer in the stomach and my posture has improved.
Do you take progress photos to track how a healthier lifestyle is changing your body?
So yesterday I went to the Doctors for a check-up and had my weight taken. I clocked-in at 72.9kg, or 160lb. I was a little disappointed as three months earlier I had been 72.4kg, so 1lb less, but do you know something? I’m still proud of what I have achieved in the past three months.
Sure, I may not have dropped the pounds, but I ran my 10km personal best, went on holiday and suffered through a couple of weeks with a nasty cold, and didn’t put on weight.
What’s .5kg when I was wearing heavier clothes and was weighed later in the day before I hit the gym?
Happy Tuesday everyone! xoxo
Sometimes we can focus too much on the number we see on the scale and it means that we don’t appreciate the progress we make in other areas of our healthy lifestyles!
For the past few weeks I have been stuck between 166-168 even though I have been hitting the gym hard 4-5 times a week and eating clean 80% of the time. This has been disappointing and I was slipping back into old habits because I didn’t think that being ‘healthy’ was having any affect. However, it took a couple of really good gym sessions to change my outlook and realise that just because you don’t see progress on the scales, doesn’t mean that your not making progress.
So, what changed my mind?
1. Looking better in my workout clothes – I haven’t changed what I wear to the gym, but over the past week I have noticed that I look leaner and stronger in my workout gear, score!
2. Getting faster on the treadmill – I used to try and run steadily at 10kph for however long I was on the treadmill for, but because I now only have 20 minutes on my lunch hour to workout, I have taken up HIIT running (1 minute at different speeds ranging between 9.5-13kph) and today I reached 3.5km in 20 minutes which beat my personal best by nearly 1 minute.
3. Finding exercises easier – The rowing machine was my nemesis and I would give up after a couple of minutes. Now I can go for 10 minutes at a medium resistance and still able to complete my strength training afterwards!
So you see, all of these things show me that I’m making progress, even if the scales don’t reflect this.
How do you measure your progress and achievements?
So it is now 5 weeks since I gave birth and providing I get the all clear from my gp, I will be starting my new exercise routine next week. I have already started the healthy eating (see next recipe post) and thought now would be a good time for a progress picture. The first picture is me at 41 weeks pregnant, then at 5 weeks after baby Jessica’s arrival.
Weight = 172lb
When I started this WordPress blog, I uploaded a photo of my current weight, and planned to upload them regularly to track my weight-loss progress. Of course we know by now that I haven’t actually lost that much weight, so I want to start again.
Here is me, as I am now. Every month I will upload a picture and (hopefully) we will see the progress made.