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# Measuring progress

### Saturday, May 16, 2009

Everyone has their own unique relationship with the scale. I feel like mine is OK; I never dread the number I may see, but the fact is when I am not taking the best care of my body I tend to avoid it altogether -- how convenient!

Now that I've been losing, though, I am always very curious what number will appear each week when I weigh in. Since I track all my food (calories, fat, fiber, and WW Points) and excercise (as much as I can keep track of above and beyond my estimated Basal Metabolic Rate) in Excel, it's easy to aggregate these numbers into a mathematical reality that I *am* expending more calories than I am consuming -- so I don't worry about whether I am losing, only curious as to how much I lose and when based on weekly variations in my food intake and exercise output.

The other thing that's been slow going but useful in terms of tracking progress is taking my measurements -- something I've always dreaded, because I've never been happy with my "size" (few women are, I suppose). These numbers are slower-moving than the scale, but in some ways to me are truer to reality. Since starting in January I've lost 2.5 inches off my bust, 2 off my waist, and 3 off my hips. (I still don't have the "right" proportions for standard dress sizes, but that's a different issue altogether.) Knowing those numbers helps me really believe what I see in the mirror -- since we all know what we see in the mirror can be distorted by our own sense of self-image.

I guess I just find giving myself a dose of reality to be comforting and encouraging in that way, as an antidote to the tricks our minds sometimes play on us when it comes to our body image.
• TANYAHDG
Hey Jennifer,

Looks like you have your mind over the matter of things. Thanks for sharing your blog. It gives me a extra boost since I started out my day with negative thoughts. I know it feels good to move in the right direction. Keep up the good work my friend!

Keep It Movin' (movin' inches, pounds, weight, right up to goal),

Tanya
3166 days ago
• HEALTHYME20091
I am not a quick loser of weight either and also have a comfortable "Don't ask, don't tell' relationship with the scale when I want, so I know how tempting it can be not to check in. I think it's great that you've got a system that you're comfortable with and have lost so many inches! Congratulations!

And as for standard dress shapes...well, I'm not convinced there really are that many people out there who are shaped like dressmaker's dummies. You can confidently tell people that you are no dummy, after all.
3167 days ago
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