What if I told you that the scale can shove it, and that there are AT LEAST four other measures of progress that are MORE important than the number on the scale?
It’s a bright, sunny day here in New Canaan, CT (AHA! I’m NOT on Long Island!!) and I just finished up the first of two deep-dive days regarding my business. I’m part of a mastermind group that meets twice a year, and this will be my first of 2017. During the last one, I got some golden nuggets that literally helped me to rebrand and restructure my service! I have no doubt that this one will help me to do the same 🙂
Anyhow, back to how to truly measure progress on your health and weight loss journey…
We’ve been tied into being married to the number on the scale. If it keeps going down, then great! We’re more apt to stay motivated and to keep moving forward. If the scale stagnates, or (god forbid!) shows an INCREASE in weight, then it’s a lot more likely that our weight loss efforts will be derailed.
And while the scale is one of the simplest and most affordable methods of measuring progress, it’s far from the only one! In fact, there are four other methods that are just as simple, and provide you a wealth of more pertinent information as to whether or not you’re truly making progress…
Let’s get into them, shall we? 😉
1) How Do You Feel?
This is something that I feel most people neglect on their health and weight loss journeys. We’re so married to putting all of our progress solely on the number on the scale. Even if that number doesn’t give you the number you’d like today, things like how you’re feeling, both physically and mentally, are, in my opinion, THE MOST important gauges of your progress.
For example, are day-to-day activities like bending down or walking up stairs getting easier? Are regular aches and pains subsiding? Are you sleeping better? Are you less stressed, anxious or depressed?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any or all of the above questions, then it’s a clear indication that what you’re doing is WORKING!!! Don’t let some arbitrary number tell you how well or not you’re doing if you’re seeing positive physical changes that go beyond the scale.
2) How Do You Look?
One of the things I tell my clients to do on a weekly basis is to take Progress Photos – One from the front, one from the back and one from the side. This is a great gauge of any improvements you’re making week-to-week.
So, for example, if your problem area is your underarms, and you’re noticing a reduction in flab and an increase in tone around there, then you know you’re on the right track! Same with your midsection, same with your legs, etc. If you’re seeing improvements in these photos, then honestly, who cares what the scale says?
3) How Are Your Clothes Fitting?
Is there a dress, or a pair of jeans that you used to look great in, but now you can’t even button? Use that article of clothing once per week as a gauge of progress by trying it on. If you can, take a picture of you in that shirt, pant, etc., and see how it fits you in comparison to the week before. You’ll be amazed at how this one simple measurement can keep you motivated and keep you reassured on your weight loss journey.
4) What Are Your Body Measurements?
If you’re a stickler for hard data, then this may be the option to consider over solely relying on the scale. So many things can manipulate your results on the scale: A salty meal, a fibrous meal, constipation… In short, there are dozens of things that can give you a lackluster result. And while bloating may not yield great results in this forum, either, it’s a lot harder to hide progress EVERYWHERE on your body than by simply putting two feet on a scale.
So next time your weigh-in doesn’t go according to plan, don’t reach for the cookie jar! If you think about the four methods of measuring progress I just gave you, and you’re feeling, looking and fitting into your clothes better, then isn’t THAT what really matters?
I’ll try to touch base tomorrow, but with a laser focus from 9-3 and a 90+ minute drive back home after that, don’t bet on it :-p
Have a good rest of your day!
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