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It’s easy to get discouraged when we’re starting a program thinking we aren’t seeing enough “weight” come off (stay off the scale!) or that the trouble areas on our body aren’t responding “fast enough.”

We always recommend taking progress pictures and measurements.

1: Take your pictures and measurements at the same time every week.

You can also do every other week if you like too, just pick an interval and be consistent. 

Add a reminder to your calendar every 7 days or at your chosen interval so you can stay on top of it.

2. Take more full length body shots than just one specific body part like your abs

It’s tempting to just zero in on the areas we most want to see change in, but if you focus on your stomach or butt, you miss important changes happening in your arms, legs and back!

Our 5.4 goal support coaches hear this often.  People get discouraged that their stomach isn’t changing fast enough – and they are totally missing the awesome muscle tone they’re creating in their legs, back, arms and other places … which if they keep going will affect their abs

We have to be able to look for the actual progress we are making – all of it!

Not just the physical changes that show in a picture, but also our energy. Our mood. Our self-confidence and strength.

Yes, it’s ok to want to look your best, but beating yourself up mentally along the way is NOT the way to feel good about yourself. So look at the big picture (literally take a picture of your entire body) and remember to pay attention to the other changes that you can’t see in the photo.

Fat does not come off the body in the order that we want it to, it’s a fact of life. We can’t spot reduce areas on our body either. So doing a lot of crunches or ab exercises is not going to make your stomach flat.

Burning off your fat systemically (meaning all over) AND adding lean muscle to your body is the fastest way to change your shape.

Fat comes off in the order it went on – an order primarily governed by genetics. So if you gain first on your stomach, guess what – it will come off the stomach LAST.

Which is EXACTLY why you want to look at your entire body to see the changes that you’re making. If you’re making some changes, you’re heading in the right direction.

The LAST thing you should do is stop, get discouraged or quit now!

3. Take your pictures in the same shorts and sports bra or bikini, same lighting and same poses.

I do front, sides and back and like to take mine in the morning before I’ve eaten, but that’s totally up to you.

I use an app to line my pictures up by pose every time I retake them to see my progress because I do NOT always see the changes myself in the mirror every day but I absolutely see them in the photos.

The changes may not be dramatic, but I can always spot them, and it’s so encouraging to see that. It helps me stay on track with my eating because I get excited to see how much my hard work is paying off!

When you’re making your progress side by side collage, put your oldest photo to the left and your newest photo to the right in the same poses to really clearly see your progress.