Tracking your progress is one of the best ways to motivate change. Photos are great for showing long term changes (try some of the short term suggestions below as well). Here are the photo suggestions/guidelines:
“BEFORE” AND “AFTER” PHOTOS
- Wear a swimsuit, underwear, or something comparable so you can see where you need the work, and where you’re making progress.
- Use a plain background if possible.
- Take a few front shots (hands on hips, “biceps flex” muscle pose), a few side shots (hands
at sides), and a few back shots (hands on hips, “biceps flex” muscle pose).
- Don’t suck it in or push it out. You want a true reflection of your body’s appearance.
- Repeat this process every 2-3 months
I also suggest tracking your exercise progress regardless of what your routine is. For example, if you are strength training keep track of weight/rep/exercise during each workout. You could also do this with Pilates by tracking each exercise and times along with notes on how difficult it was for you. The less subjective you can be the better. This is the best way to realize gains from week to week and can serve as a great motivator.
Finally, track your FAT loss by using a body fat calculator. All you need is a scale and a cheap skinfold caliper. This is the best way to determine your body composition which is what you are most interested in. During your progress you may actually gain weight but remember that muscle is denser than fat and you may have still lost fat while gaining muscle improving your overall appearance.