18th March, 2021
At the beginning of this year, I was really keen to get back in shape. My husband had recently completed the 60 day Insanity challenge and had used Myrror’s visual progress tracker to track his progress. His before and after photos were really impressive so that gave me the motivation to get my ass in gear and actually try it myself!
Now I have attempted Insanity before… twice in fact… and never completed it.
However, what has dawned on me is that the power of visually tracking is the perfect incentive to keep going as you start to see the subtle changes, which you miss if you don’t compare 2 distinct time points.
Think about what you would normally do with a Personal Trainer at the gym when looking to improve your physical fitness and wellbeing:
People who track their workouts get better results. Muscle growth, weight loss, increases in strength and endurance are not linear. Some days you are stronger than others, but measuring progress over time will show you how far you’ve come. If you’re not training effectively, you will notice where progress isn’t happening
I am on week 6 of the Insanity Programme now. The previous 2 times I attempted it I stopped at week 3 – because it is really hard, but I couldn’t see an instant effect so wasn’t motivated to continue. This time, I have been taking my photos each week and when I scroll through the timeline and see week 1 vs week 6 I am so pleased I have stuck with it. Don’t get me wrong – this time again I had the 2/3 week wobble – where I was so close to stopping again, however I looked at the photos – no huge difference between week 1 and week 3 but there was a subtle change, which I wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t been tracking – so that made me keep going.
I am now not using the scales to tell me if my workout is making a difference, I’m using photos – a far better reflection for me personally on if I am progressing. Your body fluctuates in weight every day and therefore having a ‘weekly weigh in’ can be really disheartening if your weight on that day isn’t where you had hoped after all of your good work.
If I feel brave enough at the end I will share my progress timeline and photos but like many things, this is something that I am happy to keep to myself, locked away securely in my Myrror app but always there to show how far I’ve come
So why don’t we take that same approach for all aspects of your beauty regime as well?
The challenges we see is that everyone is aspiring to look a certain way, and therefore are making efforts to change themselves aesthetically, without accounting for the unique characteristics that make you ‘you’.
Without consistently tracking it is difficult to see if your journey is developing how you want it, and allowing you to learn about how your body responds to treatments, so that you can tailor your journey to suit you.
So track your journey, whatever that may be. Not only will you have the facts and evidence to make the right decisions for you, but you will be motivated to continue by seeing the small incremental changes that come with consistently doing something.