Sunday, September 23, 2012

Transformation Step Two: Your Before Picture

The truth is that I am small.  I stand just 5'1, and as I type this I'm wearing my size small Green Apple yoga pants, and an extra small tank top from the Junior department at Kohls.  So what is going on with my thighs?

I know, I know, I've got vanity issues, but I'm a trainer now and I want to represent a certain ideal.  In the right clothes, makeup, and lighting I can convince myself that I look the same as I did in the Spring of 2011 when I was firing on all cylinders in terms of eating and training, and I've learned not to blindly trust my bathroom scale to tell me how I'm doing health and fitness wise.  But now I see yet again that a picture is worth a thousand words.  The tight, shapely contours of 2011 have softened due to the happy stress of getting three fitness certifications, opening a business, and playing fast and loose with my eating and training.

Now that Turbulence Training Transformation Contest #15 has begun, it's time to get honest and accept where I am fight now in terms of fitness, and I want you to do the same.

The before picture isn't about punishing yourself for not being a model of perfect heath though- quite the opposite really.  The idea is that if you can take a clear look at your image and accept it, you can take steps to bring it into line with your authentic self.

It's important to remember that your authentic ideal won't look the same as anybody else's, but when you do see your image, I want you to feel at ease with it.  The goal is to bring your image into line with your identity on your own terms.  In my case, I want to be able to train, coach, and dance safely and with confidence.  Yes, I can do that now.  I'd better be able to because I'm teaching Turbulence Training and Zumba tomorrow, but I do want to increase my confidence by becoming tighter, stronger, and yes, a bit lighter- with all of that lightness coming from the release of fat.

What do you want to do that would be enhanced by a higher level of fitness, and the improved appearance that would bring?  I do believe that beauty is the physical expression of well being, so what do you need to do in terms of your well being that would bring your looks in line with your hopes?

Your before picture gives you perspective, awareness, and honesty.  In order to get the most out of the coming 12 weeks of transformation you have to accept yourself right now in this moment, and bring the body you have right now to the table, the gym, the garage, the grocery store, or wherever it is that you practice health and fitness.

Is it hard to take a before picture and put it up on the refrigerator? Your computer screen? The bathroom mirror? Your Blog?  Maybe, but once you've taken this picture, taken a good look and a deep breath, everything else on this journey will be a little bit easier in comparison.  Trust me on this.

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