When you’ve got a long way to go on the road to fitness, it can seem endlessly challenging, especially when you’re just getting started. Staying motivated can be as much of a challenge as the actual effort to stay on track with your diet and exercise program of choice.
I have found that taking pictures often (even if they’re pics I’ve taken of myself in a spotty mirror), and putting them side-by-side with older pics in similar poses can be a HUGE motivation.
For me, this helps me stay motivated because:
1. I get a great visual on how far I’ve come.
2. The old pics remind me that I never want to go there again.
However, it’s important to note that not everyone finds this kind of visualization effective. Some say they actually get rid of their “fat” pictures because they feel that keeping any reminders of their “old selves” can cause them to backslide into old habits.
“On one hand, they’re excellent reminders of why you should stay on track and continue on your path to a slimmer, healthier you,” writes SheKnows blogger Rolla Bahsaus. “But on the other hand, they can be painful reminders of what you used to feel like when you were heavier, and any sadness or negative feelings you felt toward yourself might not melt away with the weight.”
So how about you? Do you feel that side-by-side weight loss progress pics are helpful as you move toward your goal, or do they cause you more harm than good? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.
Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.
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