Always Striving Towards That “After” Picture? Here’s Why It’s Hindering Your Progress (Part 1 of 2)

How often do you scroll through Instagram clicking people’s before and after pictures and wishing you could see those same results? You start to feel like you’ll never get to your “after” stage and compare yourself without knowing anything about how they got there. How would we feel if we started looking at our own progress, not someone else’s? 

In this episode of Girls Gone Healthy, I have Jess, a college student, fitness instructor, and a retired dancer. She has undergone through many stages of her fitness journey from a confident dancer, to an unhealthy body comparing mindset to now helping others achieve their fitness goals. 

Listen in to learn how to stop comparing your fitness journey and only focus on what you can achieve.  

Key Takeaways: 

  • The mental unhealthiness and damage of before and after pictures.  
  • How different body types adapt to fitness and physical activities. 
  • How to lead from the fort- having the courage to stop comparing your body and instead help others with their fitness goals. 
  • Learning to show up consistently and develop a workout routine to notice the difference in your body.  

Episode Timeline: 

  • [2:10] Jess explains why she retired from dancing and the events that led to some confidence issues. 
  • [9:11] How Jess changed her mindset from comparing her body daily to having a goal of helping others.  


  • “Transformational photos are actually not helpful because it’s saying there’s something fundamentally wrong with you before and something fundamentally better after.” [8:11] 
  • “If I want to help other people, I need to help myself first, I need to change from within.” [13:18] 
  • “Whatever it is for you that you actually enjoy, find out and then go do it because life’s too short to do exercise that you don’t like.” [19:09] 

Connect with Jess to take a class!!  

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