I've read several articles lately about men and women faking their Before and After pictures. It has just really bothered me for some reason.
I never want you to come here thinking I'm going to show you anything that isn't real. Many bloggers struggle with what to share and what not to share when writing. I'm not going to hold back. What you see is exactly what you get.
I have two very simple rules when I write:
- I refuse to share pictures that my husband thinks aren't appropriate. I believe fitness and weight loss bloggers can tastefully show their progress without degrading themselves.
- I won't share anything I wouldn't mind my mama or my hubby's mama reading. I admire the heck out of those two women and I would never want to say something to disappoint either of them.
Other than that, you get one hundred percent me.
The smaller I get, the more difficult it is to show you the changes in my body. Showing a 75 pound difference is beyond easy and cannot be faked.
Showing muscle tone and inch loss can get trickier now. I want you to see the authentic side of things. Don't come here and expect to see only the perfect side of things.
I can tell you I haven't lost any additional weight since the end of summer. I won't use a camera or cute clothes to trick you into believing otherwise. That's just not me. If I have progress, I am proud of it and I own it.
On Pinterest a woman pinned something from my blog. She said this was a great site for showing the maintenance phase after weight loss. I don't feel like I'm done with my journey though. I have more to go, but I also admit that I'm struggling to maintain.
Last week, the scale showed a seven pound increase. I was furious! This week has been all about me buckling down and refocusing (and the scale is back down too). I needed to show that drastic increase to fire up my drive. I will be the first to admit that I have completely lost that burning need to keep going over the last couple of months. Thank goodness I was lucky enough to just maintain, but this isn't where I wanted to stop.
With the coming year, I think it's time to focus harder on where I want to go from here. I've had fun and slacked off a bit, but now it's time to dig back in.