You don’t have to prove to me that you’re beautiful

tgif-grind Sometimes, when you’re trying to change your body, any perception of a lack of progress can really sap your motivation.

Let’s face it, exercise is hard. At least, it is if you’re doing it right. But sometimes, it’s hard to see any progress. Take, for example, the situation where you want to lose pounds and/or inches in your abdomen. You’re working hard and you’re eating better but you just aren’t seeing it come off.

Of course, it might not seem like you’re getting anywhere with the tummy because the shrinkage your body is experiencing isn’t as localized as that. You’re shrinking all over, not just in one spot, so if you only look in one spot for signs of progress, you are likely to be disappointed.

That’s why any “before” and “after” activity you do can be critically important.

I’m not into selfies — particularly since I hate all pictures of myself — so I am very glad that Gina took those initial pictures when I first started working out. I didn’t want her to and, when she first took them, I wouldn’t even look at them.

Two months later, she took progress pictures. They helped quite a lot because, just when I was beginning to feel like I wasn’t getting anywhere, they showed me that I was definitely making progress. Now I’m kind of eagerly awaiting the next set of progress pictures, currently scheduled for mid-February. I’m anxious to see how much more progress I’ve made. (And I faithfully promise that I’ll show them to you.)
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