Pictures are weird. They can be helpful, but I’m conflicted. I want to compare strength from today to a month from now (or whenever), but I don’t want to perpetuate the idea that you have things on your body to fix. I want to see how much stronger I get from doing my workouts, but I want to make sure it’s just out of curiosity and not that I will be disappointed or checking my abs when I wake up in the morning.
It can be good to compare your strength, your progress, as they say, but really, if you are at a healthy weight, who cares?
Your shorts, your pose, your tan, the lighting, it all makes you look different. Don’t compare, just be proud for doing the things you know will make you stronger and healthier 💪🏻
So what can you compare to see how much stronger you've gotten without the possibility of skewing your view?
First, don't compare yourself to others. You are only working on improving your OWN strength. You cannot compare your experience, starting point, or current level to anyone other than yourself.
Second, compare abilities. Instead of comparing what you weigh (unless you medically need to lose or gain weight), compare the weight you can lift. What size weights are you typically using in your exercises? Have they increased? Compare how many reps of exercises you can do. Can you do more push-ups than you could before? Can you do exercises without modifying for some or all of the workout? Can you feel yourself using the correct muscles in the correct form?
These are all things worth celebrating!
Photos have their place and can be great tools and proof of changes, but don't allow yourself to become consumed with the physical in your strength and health journey.
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance