Transformations have been super popular lately given the #transformationtuesday hashtag, and fitness programs that thrive off before and after pictures. Because I love fitness, and take my own personal fitness journey seriously I follow an array of different fitness, motivation, wellness, etc. social media accounts and have felt overwhelmed by the amount of transformation photos popping up everywhere.
I am a huge believer in documenting your progress, and taking your fitness seriously, but I’m not sold on gimmicky transformation photos, and let me tell you why.
2 reasons. 1 The photos are misleading because of many different editing tactics & 2 They’re a poor representation of what companies programs actually will do for you. They make it seem like a magic fitness genie will change the way your body looks in a months time.
Losing weight, or making the decision to live a healthy life is a lifestyle change that takes dedication, serious hard work, and motivation! & there are people that grind it out on the regular that completely understand this.
Even the best workouts take months of hard work to get results from…plain and simple.
There’s no quick fix…
I’m here to let all my awesome hardworking fitness ladies out there know it doesn’t happen at the snap of your fingers, and you shouldn’t be upset if it doesn’t. These photos are there to lure people in to buying a specific workout program, or drink, etc. but don’t work for everyone, and are an illusion to make people think their body will look chiseled in a seriously short about of time. Just to show you guys how much of an illusion they are I put up my own before and after photo. Both of these photos were taken on the exact same night one after I had worked out and was flexing, and one after I ate a large meal and was manipulating my pose to look unfit (slouching, etc). This just goes to show transformation photos can easily be doctored to show desired results.
I know people who have been on a fitness journey for 2 years and have lost weight, become physically fit, & happier in their life, and that didn’t take them 1 month. It has taken two years of killer workouts (actually lifting weights), & eating right.
The human body doesn’t want to change. It fights the process of losing weight, & the process of gaining muscle. It’s one thing to exercise to maintain your look and it’s another to transform the way you look and that takes a significantly greater amount of work. It’s great that people are creating fitness challenges but what do you do after your month long weight loss challenge? Even if you lose weight in that month then what do you do after it’s over? People who have had the most success have bought into it as a life long lifestyle or journey and not as a temporary challenge.
I wanted to write this post because I don’t want people to be discouraged, or insecure because they aren’t producing the same results as transformation photos. Photoshop, lighting, time of day the picture is taken, etc. can drastically change the photos for better or worse and that is what you need to remember when you start to feel upset or insecure in any way.
Everyones fitness journey is different, but what isn’t different is the hard work that it takes to get there. Fitting working out into my schedule is hard, eating right is crazy hard especially during the holidays, but remembering that Rome wasn’t built in a day (cheesy I know) is so important. I have been working out for years trying out different styles to see what I like, and only in the last year from the help of Chris’s workout plans I have seen my handwork paying off. (yes I said year it takes a long time to see change!).
Everyone’s bodies are different, and everyone’s best bodies are different. As hard as every girl might try to have Carrie Underwood’s legs (holy shit how amazing are her legs), no one will ever have her legs… (unless you have her DNA). This doesn’t mean yours aren’t just as amazing, they’re just different and that’s ok!
I want to end with saying that this is just my personal opinion, and what works for me. I just wanted to put a little positive encouragement out there for everyone working hard to live a healthier happier life.