Body After Baby: Progress Pictures?

Posted: December 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Baby B is coming. Relatively soon. Within the next month (more or less). That sounds soon to me. I’ve mentioned before that I have quite a few topics I want to discuss relating to how I plan to pursue getting back in shape post-pregnancy and other issues surrounding that. I would like to lay it all out there before I even begin the process. I like to have a game plan to share and which to help hold myself accountable. Plus, its fun for me to talk about fitness related topics since I can’t physically do them at the moment. Hence the start of the Body After Baby series I will share over the next month. :D

Before I delve into those topics I want to discuss something else first. After my recent post on achieving my “best-shape” and sharing this set…

…of progress pictures from post-Makenzie, I began thinking more about the whole progress picture phenomenon.

The blog world is a very public place. I don’t mind so much the thought of having pictures like the above out there. The main thing I feel uncomfortable with is if sharing such pictures sends any sort of negative or inappropriate message. In the past 6 months there has been talk about blogger responsibility and posting such “progress pictures” falls into that role.

I don’t want my pictures to serve as a way to compare – either me comparing myself to others or others comparing to me. I don’t want my own personal “before” shots to be viewed as me unhappy with myself or that I view anyone with a similar physique as less than beautiful. I don’t want the focus to appear that I’m trying to look a certain way, over feel a certain health, strength, and vitality.

But…

I also know I refuse to use a scale in my post-baby fitness journey. I will need some sort of measure and pictures like the above greatly motivate me. I want to have the opportunity to show the changes that can happen in a body, without deprivation and overstressing the process. I also want to put myself out there every step of the way – as a means to lift up my body and its beauty in all appearances. The progress pictures would also serve as a reminder to myself to love and appreciate it for all it does, no matter how it looks in a photo. Because it is beautiful no matter what.

So, that’s where I’m at. Inappropriate or motivating? Thoughts?

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58 Comments to “Body After Baby: Progress Pictures?”
  1. MOTIVATING!!!! Rock on the with progress pics!!!!!! You never ever display yourself in a negative light…I do not see how anyone can be offended with you setting personal goals for yourself. Your body was healthy while you were pregnant, for the baby. Now you want your body to be healthy for Mommy!

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