One of the BEST ways to track your progress is through ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo’s of your physical transformation. They can often be the most empowering, but that also comes with a bit of a daunting feeling too.
As much as you might hate the thought of taking these pictures, seeing the physical difference you can make will be more powerful than any number on a tape measure or scale! It may be uncomfortable to start with, but stepping out of your comfort zone is always needed for any body-changing journey, it may even help to push and motivate you even further!
So here is the ‘how to’ for taking the best quality pictures to start the 12 week Challenge, so you’ll be able to look back and see the changes you’re about to make 🙂
- Before anything else, make a note of your measurements, so that you will have all of the data together from the closest point
2. Then pick your spot – you want somewhere uncluttered with a clear background, in front of a door or blank wall, with plenty of light
3. For the photo’s; Chaps take off your shirt and wear shorts. ladies, wear a sports bra and shorts or a bikini. You want to be able to see your waist, belly, thighs.
4. Take the photo so that it goes from head to toe. If you can get someone to take the photo for you that’s great, if not try and prop your phone/camera with a tripod or against something in the room, and set it to take the picture on a timer. If you really can’t get that to work, grab your photos in front of a mirror, and again make sure you can see all of the key areas you want to see change.
5. You want front view and side view shots. But the more the merrier when it comes to viewing your own progress later as you may never know where your results will come from, feel free to get creative!
I’m putting my own down here, my bit of accountability! (You’ve seen them now, I’ve gotta crush this 12 weeks the same as you guys!)
In all of these, stand up straight, so that you will have the same posture with all photos. Keep your hands by your side so that they are in the middle of your thigh, you don’t want them blocking the outline of your hips and butt.
Put those photos into a folder on your computer or phone and make sure you mark the date, then you don’t need to worry about them again. 12 weeks is the perfect time frame to make some really noticeable changes, you may not notice the subtle changes each month, but looking back at the end will feel great!
There you have it, that’s the simplest way to get a great set of progress photos stress free. Trust me, you’ll be so pleased that you did when you’re able to look back and soak up your accomplishments!