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Andre Agassi's New Memoir Reveals That Brooke Shields Hung Up a Photo of Steffi Graf as Workout Motivation

Have You Ever Hung Up a Photo as Motivation?

I haven't yet cracked a copy of Andre Agassi's new tell-all, Open, but I have been reading reviews and can't help but be fascinated by the revelations about the tennis star, his equally talented wife, and his ex, Brooke Shields. I especially love this tidbit:

In preparation for her wedding to Agassi, Shields embarks on an exercise regimen and hangs an inspiration photo on the refrigerator door. The photo is of the woman who Shields thinks has perfect legs. The woman is Agassi’s future second wife, Steffi Graf.

Growing up, my mom often put a photo of her younger self on the fridge when she was trying to lose weight. Have you ever done anything like this?

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jadenirvana jadenirvana 7 years
I am a writer so I made a collage with words like "Confidence., "Nature," "Vacation" etc. It helps me keep a healthy perspective about how fitness affects my whole life, rather than just a simple "Must..be...size...zero" attitude, because that's just not my body type so it's not particularly inspiring.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I did it when I was creepy skinny, but then, that wasn't exactly healthy.
Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
I taped a picture of Jessica Biel in a bikini to the inside of my bathroom cabinet, with "130 pounds" written on it (my goal weight) before my wedding. I'd leave the cabinet door open so I could see it as I got ready every day. I made it to 132 pounds and looked hot!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I don't think I could use a picture of myself at a younger age. I was really, really underweight and had an unhealthy obsession with working out. If I used that for motivation, I'd probably get depressed because a) I don't have hours of free time to devote to working out like I did in college, and b) I'll never look like I did in my early 20's. I'd rather embrace being fit and healthy as a 30 year old than try to be my former 20 year old self. I'm way healthier now, even if I am 15 pounds heavier. I cut out pages from fitness magazines of women doing different exercizes/workouts and have them hanging in my basement where I work out. It reminds me to throw in strength training or a run on the elliptical.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I don't think I could use a picture of myself at a younger age. I was really, really underweight and had an unhealthy obsession with working out. If I used that for motivation, I'd probably get depressed because a) I don't have hours of free time to devote to working out like I did in college, and b) I'll never look like I did in my early 20's. I'd rather embrace being fit and healthy as a 30 year old than try to be my former 20 year old self. I'm way healthier now, even if I am 15 pounds heavier.I cut out pages from fitness magazines of women doing different exercizes/workouts and have them hanging in my basement where I work out. It reminds me to throw in strength training or a run on the elliptical.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I once hung a picture of Adrina Lima on my fridge when I was doing a lot of midnight snacking to remind me of my fitness goal, but then I just got more depressed seeing her perfect body and ended up eating more. LoL.
Lissfit Lissfit 7 years
I still have pics of the Olympia's fitness-champions Adela Garcia and Jen Hendershott hanging on my refrigerator - this motivated me to fullfill my first fitness-contest and to stay away from all the "fridge-temptations" when I was dieting :-)
sunsophia sunsophia 7 years
I posted pics of the Sports Illustrated Girls up by my bedroom door as a reminder for what I want to achieve, but then guests (with a healthy dose of side eye) kept asking me why my room looked like it belonged to a 15 yr old boy.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I'm with Fit's mom on having a picture of me when I was toned and in shape to convince me I can get back to what I once was.
nancita nancita 7 years
Spectra, I love the idea of doing the opposite to remind you how far you've come!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't put it up on display, but I have a pic of me when I was at my heaviest. I'm at a potluck dinner, stuffing my face in the pic. When I first saw that pic (a friend had taken it and gave it to me when she developed the roll), I didn't recognize myself...I had two chins! I keep the pic to remind myself how far I've come and how I never want to get back to that again.
kpeazy kpeazy 7 years
Jayde30--don't be embarrassed! My friend got married a few years ago. She was between two sizes for the dress she wanted, and for whatever reason the bigger size wouldn't look right if she got it taken in, so she needed to lose a few pounds to fit into the smaller size. She looked to her friends for support, so we started "the visual diet" where every day we would take turns emailing the group a picture of a woman who we thought was fit. It did help motivate her, and her dress ended up fitting perfectly!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No. I like the irony about the Steffi Graf photo.
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