Check out this Before & After transformation! How to go from that to this in just 3 HOURS!?! That’s right, you read that correctly – 3 hours! All it takes is some Chinese food and a frumpy mindset. If you are thinking “huh, I’m confused?” Rightfully so.
We call this a transFAUXmation. We are accustomed to reading left to right, so you had assumed that the ‘before’ picture was on the left and the ‘after’ picture was on the right. Wrong! I did the ‘ol switcharoo and put the after on the left, which is a big fat no-no.
I bet you also assumed it was after weeks or months of strict dieting. Wrong again! These pictures were taken just 3 hours apart. I didn’t lie to you when I said the pictures were before and after, but I didn’t tell you which was which. Not to be mean, but to show you that pictures don’t always tell the whole truth.
Why did I take these pictures? To prove a point. We need to STOP believing everything we see. We need to stop comparing ourselves to other people. Both of these photos are of me, only a couple of hours apart, and I can tell you that I don’t really recognize myself in either.
Here’s the truth: I didn’t really plan for this to be ‘a thing’. Our gym was having a photoshoot after a 90-day Fitness Challenge. I took part in the challenge, which also coincided with a 12-week cut session (focus was fat loss) with Stronger U, and dropped about 10lbs. I was feeling good about my cut and wanted to reward myself by taking part in the photoshoot. I’ve never done a photoshoot before and had no idea what to expect, so I went in with the attitude of “all I’m looking for is one good shot so I can have a new profile pic”.
I didn’t prepare much for the shoot. I had manipulated my macros for a few days and got my first-ever spray tan. I had never taken fitness photos before and had no idea how to stand or pose. I felt like Ricky Bobby not knowing what to do with his hands. A quick Pinterest search gave me some posing ideas. I had my husband snap a picture at home, so I could see what I looked like before I went to the shoot (this is the picture on the right).
The photo shoot was fun and I felt confident. It was like a celebration for my hard work the previous 90 days, so I decided to continue the celebration with my favorite – Chinese food (all planned in MFP of course!). A quart of chicken & broccoli, a pint of white rice, 10 crab rangoons, and a sleeve of rice cakes later (oh and like 5 fortune cookies), and I was feeling EXTREMELY full! To the point of discomfort. I laid on the floor complaining that my stomach hurt while scrolling through pictures on my phone from earlier. I stopped at one photo and I thought ‘damn, that picture looks good, I wish I looked like that!’ I was so disconnected. That picture was ME. I couldn’t imagine myself as the same smiling person in the picture from just a few hours earlier. That’s when I realized I needed to take another picture, right then and there. I wanted to see the difference that only a few hours and a different mindset can make. I was still in my same clothes but had washed my face and put my hair up. I went back into my sun porch where I took the first picture and snapped another shot (this is the picture on the left). This time I didn’t smile and stood there in a frumpy pose; because that’s exactly how I was feeling. No filters, no photoshop, no trickery; just a big meal and a bad pose. That is all it took to go from that to this in 3 hours.
Crank up the radio and roll the windows down, it's summer, which means Stronger U members are hitting the open road on road trips, camping excursions, and so much more. Stronger U coach Katie Leahy, RD, is dishing her common member tips for making this year's road trip the best one yet, with gas station and packing tips, how to handle the road, and much more!
When I launched Stronger U in April of 2015, I wanted to reverse engineer the dieting process, figure out why people fail with diets and try to fix those things. What started out as my side gig of taking on 7-8 clients at my friend’s local CrossFit, quickly grew to 70-80 through word of mouth. I eventually quit my fulltime job, brought on the first few coaches, and Stronger U continued to grow like crazy. By 2021 we had helped 50,000 members globally in improving their relationship with food and building better awareness of their eating habits. Yet, just like reaching our health goals requires stepping out of our comfort zone, I realized that to continue building Stronger U to be the best nutrition company
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