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I posted a couple “before and after” photos back in the day. Here’s why I VERY DEEPLY dislike them now:

There is no “arrival” point. Our bodies are constantly changing.The beauty of the human body is that it is constantly adapting… to activity, environment, temperature, food, stressors, disease, etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It’s pretty amazing. In each season of your life, your body WILL 👏🏼 BE 👏🏼 DIFFERENT. No moment of your life is the exact same as another. Shouldn’t we expect our bodies to reflect that?⠀⠀⠀⠀

You might be “lean” for a while and then “less lean” for a while. Some muscles might be more developed for a while, and then less developed for a while. Your posture might adapt slightly as your work environment changes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Before and after photos give me a very weird feeling because they send the message that in a certain version of your body, you have “arrived” at a happier, better, more deserving you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

⚠️ THAT IS NOT TRUE!!! ⚠️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

If you are a health and fitness professional, I simply ask that you think twice before you use “before and afters” to promote your business. 🙏🏼 Consider the deeper message you are sending about what is valuable and what is not. I remember the mentality I was in when I posted them. I had every good intention in mind of helping others achieve what I THOUGHT was making me happier.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I didn’t understand how much unhappiness it was actually bringing me to assign my worth to arbitrary changes in my body that would never be permanent!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We HAVE to start valuing other things besides aesthetics if we want to grow as humans. 💗Be PROUD of the body you live in right now and the things it can do right now. 💪🏼 Please, set goals if you want it to adapt to do some other stuff or feel different. But projecting a false sense of arrival doesn’t do you or anyone else seeing it one bit of good.

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Coach Casey 
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