questionswho would take your "before" picture?

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This is what tripods are made for.

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i agree with tripods. another option is taking a pic with a laptop or other webcam (if you have one). another option is the cell-phone-in-the-mirror thing and use an image editor to flip the pic so the newspaper comes out readable.

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I'd have my wife do it. O'course we've pretty much seen each other from every angle in every light, so nothing new! I would hope your DH wouldn't mind seeing you with it all hanging out.

I'd be more concerned with who you're sending the picture to for the contest. Where will they publish it? Pro tip: use a national newspaper so the creepers don't know your location.

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@bsmith1: Thanks I didn't even think of that (the national paper). The photos are not private, not at all; it;s a forum deal similar to what we have here (but less anonymous with the pics and all). I would actually consider doing it just for myself and not even entering the contest, the directive is to be able to see a difference. I have been eating clean and working out HARD for a month (6 days a week, 2 hours a day) and the scale hasn't moved. DH says he sees a difference and I know it HAS to be there but maybe I'm too close to it (I am DEFINITELY a lot stronger though!). So I was thinking the pictures thing would help me stay positive about progress. I did a question a while back about losing weight after quitting smoking, well at least I've stopped gaining and I've lost maybe 5 pounds of it back but I am getting so frustrated....
Sorry I went off on a tangent there. But I appreciate the response! I may have DH take the pics. I just don't feel pretty right now, you know?

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@mrsbeny: i suggest not fixating on total weight. working out will burn fat and possibly increase muscle mass. lowering percent body fat is good. since muscle is denser than fat, you could possibly get slimmer and yet maintain weight. eventually as muscles grow they will help burn more energy and help lose fat faster. keep up the good work!

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I pondered your question for a while and came to this conclusion:

Any photo I am too mortified to have a close firend or loved one shoot will definitely be too mortifying to post on the internet. So my own answer is, no one. But if it will work for you, more power to you, and I suggest using a camera with a timer.

A couple of years ago I lost about 90lbs with no support other than the members on Livestrong. When I was about halfway through that I took a photo standing with a 30lb bag of dogfood and a 12lb bag of cat food and posted it with a note saying those bags of pet food represented my weight loss so far. It was a pretty effective photo.

I need to get back to it, but when I was last trying my biology was fighting back and I was eating right, exercising so much that some days I posted negative calories and the scale and tape measure would simply not budge.I felt like "why bother when I am getting nothing out of this". But I need to try again.

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Any available female, family excluded of course.