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PUBLISHER PERSPECTIVE BY TIM KISSMAN
Find that “before” picture and start your healthy journey
he trickiest part of documenting weight loss? Finding that “before” picture! You know that photo, right? You sort through your smart phone and search for the one where you look your absolute worst. That’s the one everyone picks. And you should, in my opinion. It should spark the motivation to make positive changes. And it will make the “after” picture that much sweeter. Through the 12+ years we’ve published Healthy & Fit Magazine, we’ve seen a lot of “before” pictures. I’d like to take a minute to give the proper credit to finding those pictures. They’re not fun to find, especially if you’ve made the changes to a healthy lifestyle. However, they’re proof of what happens when you let yourself go. At some time, we all have done that, right? The “before” photos we see at Healthy & Fit Magazine fall into three distinct categories: Fuzzy, out of focus prints. With all of the technology stuffed into smart phones and digital cameras, for some reason most “before” pictures are fuzzy, like a scan of a scan from a magazine. They’re often at a weird angle, too. Like the person taking the photo was lying on the ground with a 35-mm camera. I think most people find a photo that they’re in, crop themselves out of it and enlarge that photo to make it work. It offers enough detail to let you know it’s you, reveals your general shape, and that’s about it. That’s OK though! The after picture is always spot on. The find-me-in-the-group photo. These “before” pictures are of a group of people — at least three — where the “before” picture subject is shielded a bit by the others. Think of a wedding photo with the person in question behind his or her friends. From an editing point, it’s tricky to crop out the others. There’s always random body parts in front of my subjects. But that’s still OK! It’s about the “after” picture, right? And then the last of the pictures we get: barely any clothes photo. These are usually of people who are committed to the process of being healthy. Cast away those clothes, leave nothing to the imagination and send that underwear photo to us in high res. and nothing else! You’re in it to win it! I back those too. Little trickier to look at, but I get it. And that’s OK! “Before” pictures are just that: “before” pictures. So, dig out those “before” pictures, get motivated to be healthy and turn your body into an “after” picture! It’s not an easy road, but it’s extremely doable when you’re motivated. Use those “before” pictures as motivation. There’s nothing better than getting new energy, new, better fitting clothes and the chance to pose for an “after” photo. And when you do get to that “after” photo, let us know. Success stories are our favorite features! Enjoy the issue!
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Justin is the owner of State of Fitness in East Lansing. He is also a certified nutrition coach. Reach him at 517.708.8828.
Lisa Marie Conklin
Lisa Marie Conklin is a certified personal trainer and freelance writer. Conklin provides the Fit Bits information.
Susan Maples, DDS, MSBA
Susan is a dentist in Holt. She is also a speaker, health educator and author of BlabberMouth. Her e-mail: email@example.com.
Tom is host of the ‘Boomers Rock’ radio talk show syndicated throughout Michigan on the Michigan Talk Network. For more information visit www.boomersrock.us
Ryan Haughey B.S. CPT - ACE, SASTM is fitness manager and personal trainer at the University Club of Michigan State University. Call him at (517) 353.5113.
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