Sunday, April 11, 2010
It's depressing when you track every bite of food, measure out your portions and weigh them, exercise until you drop and still that silly scale won't budge! This has happened to me so many times that I've had to develop a different philosophy about what constitutes progress.
We seem to be married to what the scale says and use that as a measure of our success. It can get to be down right depressing if you let it. By looking at other signs that your body is changing, you can see that despite a lack of change on the scale, you are still making progress. Look at the way you feel, the way your clothes fit, measure yourself with a tapemeasure, notice the appearance of muscle definition, your energy level and your ability to sleep at night. For me, I noticed that my skin began to take on a healthy glow, my hair became really shiny and grew faster and my fingernails grew faster. My stamina has increased greatly and I feel much more confident. I also surround myself with positive, supportive people and limit my time with negative, angry, selfish people.
I'm starting to put myself at the top of my list. This is a big one! I make time for exercise and taking care of myself. I'm learning to love myself as I am right now. That means eating right, exercising, not beating myself up if I make a mistake; looking beyond the weight issue, into the real me inside.
A journey to health is a lifestyle to be lived. It involves things other than that number on the scale. It is tied into emotional and spiritual growth as well as losing weight. So when that scale won't budge and you know that you're doing everything right, look beyond the scale. Think outside the box! Look at all of the many things about you that have changed since you began your journey and be glad instead of mad. You don't have to just lose lots of weight to consider yourself a changed person who is a success.