Perception of Progress #2 [Link Up]


The past few weeks have been crazy, and I just realized how long it’s been since my last post!  But my lack of posts are not a reflection of my effort and my goals for this past month.  I’m a few days later than I wanted to put up the Link Up, but hope you all will still join in!

I want to celebrate your progress – – no matter how big or small, visible or not so visible, even mental shifts and progress are important!

What about you?  Do you take progress pictures?  I challenge each of you to start if you haven’t been.  It really motivates!  I had plans to take monthly progress pictures, and let it slide for a few months, but now I’m back and excited to see the small changes that really add up month after month.

So this past months updated progress pic:


Some thoughts on this past month:

The scale yesterday said 169, but honestly it’s been flip-flopping between 169-173, one day it’ll be 170, the next 171.8 and so on.  If I didn’t have in my head that I would be taking comparison pics, it would’ve been much easier to get frustrated with the scale being so slow and going up and down.  Each time I do these comparison pictures, it just re-motivates me and makes me excited at the differences I might see the next month!

Being accountable is scary.  Sharing your progress pictures is scary.  But it’s also so rewarding – – – SEEING the change when you don’t feel it.  Being motivated when you want to give up.  Looking back months and saying, “Oh, wow, yes, I can see a change!”

Where you are now is just perfect.  Don’t berate yourself, and in doing, never start your progress.  That happens to all of us at times, I’m sure (I know it’s happened to me).  No, where you are *right at this moment* is where you are.  It just is, and don’t dwell on the negatives of it – just accept it and thank it for the good things it does for you.  But it doesn’t have to be where you’ll be next month.  Just keep making healthy decisions, be more active, and remember that you can do this!

So be brave!  Start your own progress! 

I’ve decided to start a monthly Link Up, and I really hope you’ll consider joining in!  Each month, I will select a few to showcase the following month.  Let’s start a Progression Revolution!  🙂


To join the linkup

1. Add the link to your specific post, not your main blog page.
2. Grab the button above and add it to your post (a text link is fine too) linking back to
3. Comment on this post and someone else’s post…the whole point is to encourage and cheer on each other.
4. Follow my blog to be reminded when next month rolls around!


  1. You are doing so great! I can see such a difference. Way to go Kelly!

  2. You’re making great progress and you can definitely see a difference in your progress pictures.

    Progress pictures are incredibly important as sometimes the scale can be deceiving. I always take progress pictures, it allows you to physically see the differences.

    Laura | Health and Fitness Blogger

    • leafynotbeefy says:

      Thanks, Laura! So agree, and I just saw that you’ve lost well over 100 lbs! Congrats, that is really amazing!

  3. Great job girlfriend!

    • leafynotbeefy says:

      🙂 Thanks! I just soo want to be at my goal already, but I know it was a gradual gain, so it should be a gradual loss so it’s a longlasting thing; doing these progress markers helps me! (and of course encouraging readers like yourself helps me too!)

  4. My gosh, your legs and hips are SO much slimmer! And I love the message behind this progress link up. Rock on, Kelly, you’re amazing!

    • leafynotbeefy says:

      Thank you so much, Larissa! P.s. I checked out the Tracey Anderson arm workout you linked in your recent post, and whoa, lol. Very much reminds me of a Ballet Beautiful workout I am doing, very similar, just maybe more “hip hop” than “ballet”, but very burn-those-arms and feel them in a way you never have before! love it! 🙂

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