You often see “before and after” pictures in fitness magazines and on television commercials. Pictures and videos of dramatic changes to people’s figure. Many of these pictures are doctored up, and almost all of them have the subject go through a dramatic physical change on purpose, just for the picture. Some pictures may even be of a bodybuilder during and off of competition season. The point is, before and after pictures are usually made with unrealistic situations for the common person. This is in no way talking down about the specific people who have appeared in these pictures. Bodybuilder or not, they had to somehow make the change (assuming the picture wasn’t photoshopped) that you see in the picture.
These pictures are usually used as a marketing tool to make us think that taking that supplement or trying that special workout will make us have that dramatic of a change in a short period of time. Usually, that is not the case. Most of the time, making that dramatic of a change, in that short of a period of time isn’t healthy for the body.
I would like to share a before and after that is honest. No photoshop. No promises of any type of supplement or workout dvd. This came about from years of hard work, dedication, and trial and error. I recently did an interview titled A Real Life Fitness Mommy, about a modern day mother who did not let a busy life and raising two young kids prevent her from pursuing her fitness goals. In the interview, Aubrey explains what her journey has been like, and how she stays fit. Recently she shared a before and after picture of herself, and was gracious enough to allow me to share it on FM.
Pretty dramatic change, right? Congratulations on the success, Aubrey. She explained that this was a process of successes and failure. Between the time of the before and after picture, she spent 2 years of trying different inconsistent diets and workouts. However, once she was got consistent with her healthy eating and workouts, she was able to reach more dramatic results over a 6 month period. But, you know what? You wouldn’t be able to tell there were failures along her journey. This is exactly why I wanted to share this with FM viewers. This is yet another example that with hard work and determination, goals can be met. Yes, the most cliché thing in the world is to say that “if you work reallllly harrrrd, you will reach your dreams, yay!” Cliché or not, it’s true, and sometimes we need to be reminded of that. Sometimes we win some, sometimes we lose some. What matters, is that we keep moving forward and make the necessary changes along the way. This serves to motivate every one of us.
What changes have you made that you are proud of? We encourage you to share with the FitMentality community. Inspiring each other is a beautiful thing.