We love a before and after shot.
Shoot, I love a before and after shot. Who doesn't?
It gives us hope.
It gives us a feeling that change is possible.
That hard work nets results.
That (potentially) we've been doing it wrong and if we just fix this one thing we can change.
If we have more discipline. If we really really focus this time.
Then we too can be like Sally Smith from Sunport and drop 5 sizes in in 5 months.
Or we too can go from couch potato to killing it at marathons in 2 months.
Or we too can go from just an average joe to RIPPED SUPER HERO STATUS.
We love a makeover.
The problem is these are just moments. There is SO MUCH MORE to the story. The fits and starts. The forward progress and backfire.
The after that goes back to the before.
An image can be deceiving.
What I am trying to say is that the journey to health, happiness, and strength is complex. It isn't a straight line up and to the right. There isn't always a moment where the "pounds melt off" or where you suddenly feel strong and powerful all the time. There are bright moments and there is a trajectory, but there are a lot of bumps and backslides.
Sometimes we need to believe in the ease of a before and after to START.
But, don't let the before and after seduce you into feeling like a failure when the journey gets tough, when you have a bad day, or week, or month.
Keep going forward.
The road may be more muddled than expected, but moving forward is the way you will succeed.