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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 4: Picture Your Success

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Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 4: Picture Your Success
Melissa W. did it, and so can you! Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

It’s day 4, so you’re already making progress! And speaking of progress, let’s talk about the importance of documenting your starting point by taking photos and measurements and weighing in.

Why Before & After Photos Are Key to Getting Lean

You might be embarrassed or uncomfortable doing this. You might even be unhappy with how you look. But here’s why it’s so important to capture the beginning of your fitness journey: Often, the scale doesn’t move at all when your body composition begins changing.

As you exercise, hydrate and eat healthier — using the LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Calorie Tracker on desktop or on iOS and Android devices to stay accountable — you’ll start seeing results.

Take your measurements, get that weigh-in on the books and take your "Before" photo. You don’t even have to smile. Here are some tips for taking your "Before" photo.

As much as you might not want to do it right now, you’ll be glad you did it later. When you look at that "Before" photo, you’ll be proud of your progress. Because once you take that photo, everything that follows is part of the "After" that you’re working toward!

Imagine looking at that picture and those numbers and watching them shrink day by day, thanks to your hard work and discipline. That’s not just going to feel awesome, it’s going to feel… STRONG.

Plus, you might be able to enter your transformation story and photos into LIVESTRONG.COM’s weight-loss contest and win $250 for sharing them and inspiring others. It’s another way to pay it forward.

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Articles to Help You With Your Day 4 Efforts

Readers — Are you joining us in the 30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge? If so, what's your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight-loss challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.


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