This is Day 4 of my flat abs challenge.
Why take weight loss pictures?
I’ve committed to taking and posting a photograph every day until I reach my goal – which is a pain in the rear if I’m honest, but I think it will be worth it.
On a daily basis I can barely see the difference between the pictures. Of course it doesn’t help the the lighting and perspective are slightly different every time, but you do what you can with what you’ve got, right?
What I’m planning to do is publish the pictures in a single post to give a time lapse effect. I got the idea from a site I used to read years ago. When John Stone started losing weight he took a picture every single day for over a year.
It’s amazing to watch his transformation:
Other than the fun of watching myself get progressively leaner, taking the photo’s is really focusing my attention on sticking to the eating plan – but not for the reason you might think.
Many people swear by public journals and photographs for the benefits of accountability, but I’m not a fan.
In fact, I seem to do worse at things when I tell other people what I’m doing and how I’m getting on.
Actually, I’ve already mentioned the reason why this works for me… it’s because it’s a pain to take pictures and post them on the blog and I want to get it over with as quickly as I can.
I think it’s funny that my laziness about the effort of posting pictures is driving me to do better with my diet. The mind boggles!
Saturday is my rest day, so I’m free to eat what I want, when I want and that’s exactly what I did.
I’m glad to say that I didn’t over indulge, but over the course of the day I probably ate marginally more than a maintenance intake.
It seems odd that whilst I want to ge the results quickly (so that I can stop taking pictures) I’m quite happy to have a day where I make no progress. It was tempting to try for a calorie deficit on my cheat day, but it’s a bad idea.
Having this one day every week keeps me honest for the rest of the week and probably helps my metabolism.
Here’s today’s picture:
Here’s the picture from Day 1
Here’s me a t 205 pounds: