No matter how out of shape you think you are, take a “before” photo prior to beginning your workout regimen and additional snapshots every two weeks until you reach your goal. This practice can be nerve racking, but nothing beats it when it comes to keeping your mind on your goal. It provides a starting point and biweekly reminders of your progress. I find it difficult to notice improvements on a day-to-day basis, which wreaks havoc on my motivation. When I compare periodic photos and notice the benefits of my efforts, however, I feel much more satisfi ed and strengthen my resolve.