Journaling Prompt #2: When you see 'transformation' or side by side photos... What thoughts come to mind? Do you think about your body? Are your thoughts positive or negative towards yourself? Do you think that the person in the photos did everything 'perfectly' to get there?
When it comes to transformation photos and side by sides, we always debate whether the positives outweigh the negatives. Sure, when starting a nutrition and/or fitness program it can be extremely motivating to see before and after photos. Seeing what someone looked like as the beginner of a program— and then seeing what the program has brought them in terms of their own ideal body composition goals can make or break whether you purchase a program. But what about the feelings that actually come up for you towards yourself? What if your body, that you’ve worked really hard for, treated with care, and/or feel comfortable in... was on the “before” side? What now? Do you suddenly feel like you need to “get back to work” and aim for their “after” photo? Do you feel like all of the sudden there is something about your body that needs changing/fixing? Do you believe that you are less in any way compared to that person in the photos? Some people are in recovery. Some people are content. Some people have worked really hard. Some people are struggling. While posting these photos gets incredible engagement + can bring tremendous business to us... we care more about how our clients speak to themselves and think of their bodies. Whenever you see transformation/side by side photos, ask yourself these questions. Journal about it. Self assess. Remember that skinny does NOT equate healthy. We never know what another person is struggling with. The person in your “dream body” may not have a good relationship with food and fitness. Be kind and #dothework.