Updated 26 January 2016

UltimateYou Challenge Day 7: Take photos of yourself in your underwear

Welcome to Day 7 of the Free 30-Day Ultimate You Healthy Habits Challenge brought to you by Sleekgeek and Health24!

On this 30 day challenge you will receive one task daily to complete in order to help you eat, move, think, and sleep better.

Today’s task is to take photos of yourself in your underwear.

Note: These are for your own personal use - you do not need to show them to anyone else.

Alongside our free 30-Day Health Habits Challenge we also run a longer Ultimate You 8-Week Body Transformation Challenge where we have seen over 7,500 challengers submit their photos.

These are used for judging purposes to decide our winners who walk away with some amazing prizes - but more importantly they are there to kickstart challenger motivation and give them a true look at their own current situation and what progress they achieve over the following 8 weeks.

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While most challengers are very reluctant to take their photos, they never regret it and always thank us afterwards.

The reason is that it is uncomfortable and out of our comfort zone to do this.

The most powerful thing that you can do on your personal  journey to health is to stop ignoring your reality, face up to it and take action. You have to know where you are in order to try and figure out where you want to go.

The most brutal thing you can do is take some photos of yourself in your underwear in a relaxed position. Front, back and sides. It is often shocking.

Read: Day 1: Eat slowly and mindfully

We are so good at not really looking at ourselves for too long when we dislike our bodies. People who take our challenges dread this moment and then are so grateful in the end.

These photos are just for you and you never need to show anyone.

You must take front, back and sides. Take a deep breathe and then breathe out and relax just before you take the pics. Arms relaxed at the sides. No flexing, no sucking in.

But if you have been ignoring your body it may just surprise you.

Taking photos changed many people who have transformed via the Challenge’s lives. That was the turning point when they said ENOUGH.

Read: Day 2: Move 6,000 steps

You can argue that this task is more about vanity than health but the truth is that humans are driven by vanity and wanting to look good. If that is what gets you to better health and habits I am happy. If you look fantastic naked. BONUS!

How best to take these photos:

It is best if you have someone you trust to assist you for the best possible photos. Taken selfies in a mirror is not ideal in terms of your body position and visibility. If that is your last resort then it is better than nothing.  If you do not have a partner then ask a buddy if you can.

Read: Day 3: List 5 things that you are grateful for

Some guidelines:

1. Front view, side view, back view
2. Stand up straight, proud, yet relaxed in your photos. Look straight ahead. Arms down at your sides.
3. Pose naturally. Do not slouch, flex, suck your stomach in, push your stomach out, etc. Your posture in your before and after photos needs to be as similar as possible.
4. Take a deep breath, breathe out gently and then have the photo taken at that exact moment when you are relaxed.
5. Use as plain a background as possible. A wall, a plain curtain or door are best.

What to wear

If you intend to one day show these pics to others or post them on our Facebook Group then

- Guys wear short shorts. No shoes or other items of clothing.
- Ladies wear a bikini or short shorts and a sports bra.

Reap the results

The people below took our 8 Week Ultimate You 8 Week Challenge and they do not regret taking “before” photos.

You can sign up for FREE here: Ultimate You 

In case you missed these:

Day 4: No caffeine after 1pm

Day 5: Eat green veggies with dinner

Day 6: Do 50 Squats


See you tomorrow for your next healthy habit.


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