How’s your relationship with the scale?
How do you check your weight loss progress?
Now is a tough time for our world. And it’s easy to lose focus on our health and fitness goals. But now more than ever, we need to build a strong immune system and body to fight off all viruses.
So let’s focus on what we can change and dive deep into weight loss progress.
Are you frustrated with your progress and that number on the scale?
Do you weigh yourself multiple times a week?
Well what you should know is that your body, fitness, and health is more than a number on a scale.
That number does not defy your progress. Stop letting a number on a scale define your success in your fitness journey.
When it comes to weight loss, the scale may not be your friend, but there are other ways to track your fitness programs.
These three no-scale victories will not only show your progress but also ease your mental anguish with the scale.
We are in the third month of the new year and I’m sure you are chopping away at your fitness goals.
Weight Loss Progress #1
Before and after pictures
One of the best ways to really see proof of your progress is to take before and after pictures.
To get an accurate picture of your progress wear a sports bra and shorts or a two piece swimsuit. It can be motivating to you to see your progress on a bikini.
As you progress from week to week, you will see a change in your body. It’s hard to see those small changes you’ve made in one week, but as you progress, you’ll see the change in those pictures.
But to see the change you have to take the picture. I can’t tell you how many times, I wish I did this. As I begin and end an exercise program, I know I’ve lost inches and it would be shown in pictures.
And the lost inches are not always shown on the scale. You have to see those inches to believe it.
I’ve lost more inches than I have weight, but it also put me in a single digit jean size.
Which would you prefer? Smaller jean size or lower pounds on the scale? I am only about 3 pounds lighter than I was before having a baby, but down two jean sizes!
Victory for me was smaller clothes sizes!
What does weight loss success look like for you?
Weight Loss Progress #2
Do you have a tape measure around? If not get one. They are inexpensive and a great way to track your progress when you’re not seeing it on the scale or in a picture.
It’s funny how the body works. You could be the same weight or even a few pounds lighter and be down two jean sizes.
Of course this is not the case for every woman. Age, genes, and lifestyle has a lot to do with how you lose weight.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Again that’s why it’s important to take measurements of your body.
The number on the scale can be deceiving and not show true progress.
Weight Loss Progress #3
One thing I find helpful is to keep a journal. Track your workouts. Write down your weights from week to week or duration or miles on a cardio machine. You can also track calories. Compare them to when you first did the work out.
As your tracking all this from the beginning to each week, also write down how you’re feeling in your body. Everything your feeling: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Again look at week one and see what you’re feeling now.
Sometimes tracking your energy and feelings can be as simple as you’re sleeping better at night or your joy for life is back. Perhaps your spending more time in prayer and meditation with God. Progress of your mental fitness is just as important as your physical fitness.
This can be the best part of your journey. You’re growing in your knowledge of fitness and health but also in your confidence, how you feel around others, and your relationships. This is such a fundamental part to how you view and check your weight loss progress.
Ditch the Scale
The scale has a purpose and it’s effective in showing your progress weekly.
However, to make sure the accuracy of the scale is on point, you must weigh yourself at the same time and on the same day every week.
And there are so many other factors that come into play that can show weight gain. So make sure you’re using multiple sources to show your progress.
You use multiple sources when you’re researching anything else, so make sure your doing the same for your fitness journey.
Does this change how you check your weight loss progress?
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