I recently wrote about Changing Perceptions – trying to see ourselves differently after thinking of ourselves the same way for years and years. For me that means finally coming to the realization that I am no longer the overweight girl I used to be and finding a way to finally stop thinking of myself as fat. Which is easier said than done when it was a belief you held for years.
Along with changing perceptions I think it is time we change something else – it is time we Change Our After. I am constantly seeing pictures all over social media labeled with the words “before” and “after”. At first I didn’t think much of it at all, but as I get closer to my Weight Watchers goal weight (about 6 pounds, but probably still a few months, away) I realize something – for most of us there is no after.
What I realized is that the word “after” seems to signify the end of something, that it is all done. However, that is not the case on this healthy journey. You don’t just hit a weight or fitness goal, take an “after” picture, and then stop. No you continue working towards your goals, maintaining your weight loss and fitness, and trying to stay healthy.
For me, and for many of you, there is no after and snapping one picture doesn’t change that. I know that we must continue to work hard and always focus on our progress, because if we stop this healthy lifestyle just because we got that “after” picture… well I am sure we all know what would happen.
It is time to change our after.
Instead of the typical before and after I am now thinking about it as – before my healthy lifestyle and during my healthy lifestyle because I plan on always working on living healthy, on always being a during.
How many of you will join me and change the way we think about our after?
Do you like the use of the word “during” instead?