Beginning Stats

I’ve found that before-and-after photos work wonders. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget what your belly pooch or your big butt or your thunder thighs really look like. Pictures don’t lie, though. They serve as a good reminder. A painful, often disturbing reminder that you wouldn’t want to post on Facebook, but a reminder nonetheless.

So I think you should take a series of shots. Wear tight workout clothes and print out your photos so you can revisit them. Definitely keep them available to compare with your “after” pictures. When you take new photos, remember to take them wearing the same clothes and in the same place each time.

If you choose to share your photos and your story here as testament to your hard work and dedication to your good health, I’ll think of a good reward for you. Seriously.

Also remember to take your measurements and weigh yourself before you start. I’ve given you a handy chart to download and use. Your weight naturally fluctuates day-to-day and even in the course of one day. Don’t worry. Fuhgeddaboutit. Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week, preferably on the same day and time wearing the same clothes. Personally, I prefer to weigh nekkid. Then there’s no possible way (weigh?) to blame anything on anything. It’s all me, baby!

I don’t really care what the scale says, though. I know that even when the needle doesn’t budge, my body is changing shape. I prefer to use my clothes as my gauge. Wearing your favorite skirt or pants again is a much better way to celebrate the new you. Face it, you’re not going to sashay into work saying to everyone, “Hey, everybody! Guess what I weighed this morning?”

Unless you’re weird.

Instead, you’re going to wear your smokin’ hot outfit for them all to be jealous of.

As part of your preparations to create the new healthy you, pull a couple of things out of your closet that have become a wee bit tight. After a few weeks, try them on and see how they fit.

For me, it provides the best motivation. If I’m close to fitting in them again, it makes me more determined and diligent about working out and eating right. Often I’ll wear them even though they’re a tad uncomfortable. It reminds me during the day to be mindful of my eating. And when they finally fit again, it makes me think twice about that second glass of wine, or cutting the workout short.

That number on the scale? I don’t really even know what it should say. But I do know that I love wearing my favorite jeans again.

By the same token, when your body has changed so much you’re wearing all new clothes, don’t get rid of all your “fat clothes.” Save a couple as a reminder of how far you’ve come.