I Hate Before and After Pictures…Posted: January 20, 2011
I hate them because they are usually presented in a way that communicates, “Look at this hideous, fat creature I used to be. Now everything is perfect because I AM THIN!!!” The people in them have been made over within an inch of their lives, and the photo is professionally shot and lit. Annoying. They also presume health = thin. Believe me, I know a lot of sick and unhealthy thin people.
And yet, here I am showing you mine. I think they can be instructive for people, and that can’t be bad. If showing people my before and “after” (“after” because I am not done yet) somehow motivates people to make some changes, then it is worth it. I have found that living by example is way more helpful to people than telling people what to do about their own weight struggles.
Also, my “after” photos hardly depict me in a state of made-overness. Rather, I am nasty and sweaty from a hot yoga class. I felt like these photos show my body after it had served me well during a 90-minute yoga class in a 100 degree room. Not bad. And I really like that it is the same body as in the “before” picture, just transformed by a rather simple diet change (see What I Eat to Lose Weight post) applied consistently over time. So, here it goes.