This post was inspired by Mel’s 15 minute Before/After shoot. Bcause I’m a misfit mine is more a 30 second Before/After snapshot. You’ll have that…
If you read fitness blogs with any regularity then you’re familiar with Before & After photos.
Some display shocking weight-loss transformations.
Others are more subtle, yet no less amazing in the hard work required.
If you’ve never read a blog
then you wouldn’t see this, but for sake of being hyperbolic you’d *still* be familiar with the concept as they’ve long been staples in the weight-loss industry.
Before and after photos are used to pitch everything from diet pills to exercise plans.
Photos of flabby, pale (and if you’re male uber-hairy) “befores” placed next to smiling, tanned, toned “afters.”
Having worked in the bodybuilding industry I’ve long known these advertisements were, for the most part, faked.
Same person. Same day. Adjustments in expression, posture, body hair, skin color and voila! An impressive “after photo” in moments.
No photo-shop required.
Recently bloggers & trainers have set out to debunk these fabricated images.
I had no plan to join in—-until an experience last week.
Before heading out, I shot a quick, filter-free instagram photo.
No hair bushing, no face washing, simply an “I love this stuff! Thanks for sending!” shout-out to the brand.
I shared the image & turned to grab my stuff and go.
As I spun away from the mirror I laughed out loud at what caught my eye.
You see, it’s long been a running joke I lead with my belly. I live *too* relaxed and let it all literally and figuratively hang out.
Gone were my abs and happily, hanging in the forefront was my r-e-l-a-x-e-d belly.
And an idea was born.
I pulled up my hair, slouched, ceased smiling, and snapped another swift shot:
In less than a minute I became my own Before and After! shot:
As I hiked I thought about my first photo.
I didn’t *intend* for it to be a “fabrication”—yet, in this instance, it felt as though my “truth” was what was caught by my peripheral vision as I grabbed my mat.
For that reason this is less a rant against the fitness industry/bashing of its tactics (that’s been done by more eloquent writers than I) and more a reminder.
A reminder to me—and by extension to you—at times I *do* unconsciously choose to put my best
abs face forward and perhaps not display my complete truth.
selfiepicture is worth a thousand words…yet sometimes those words are NOT what we think we’re conveying.
- What are your thoughts on ads using fabricated before/after photos?
- Do you strive to always put your best self(ie) forward or do you let it all hang out?