The last few days I've been a bit discouraged because the scale has not been moving!
So tonight when I sat down to enter my food in the tracker, I thought, "What else can I look to as measures of success?" I hadn't been doing anything to sabotage my healthy lifestyle plan, and I knew, too, that weight loss is easier when you have more weight to loose. I also told myself that with strength training three times a week, it may be that I was now putting on muscle and perhaps that was why the scale remained still.
It helps to say these things to yourself, but numbers have a way of being an objective measure of how you're doing. So I had an idea, not so original, but an idea non the less!
I decided to look at changes over time of other relevant numbers. For instance, over the past five and a half months my:
1) BMI has gone from 36.4 to 29.1, and
2) I am no longer considered obese but merely over weight
3) Waist Hip Ratio, a measurement thought now to be more important than BMI in measuring health risk, has gone from .9 to .78.... the lowest risk category. (Note: for women your WHR should be under .85)
4) Unbelievably, I have lost 36" off body parts!!!
5) I have gone from a size 18 pant to a size 10! WOW!
6) My watch , which used to snap open, is now loose! (added Nov 12/11)
7) A good friend was just leaving after sharing a cup of coffee and she hugged me saying, "My there's only half of you to hug!". It felt great to hear those words! (added Nov 15/11)
I know I can continue this journey. But like everyone, it's nice to have objective reinforcement. Sometimes a plateau can help you (me) to take stock, to see if something new seems needed, or if this is just where I am for the moment.
I think, today, I can see progress, but I needed to realize as I am beyond the half way mark, the weight loss is going to be a bit slower. That's OK, as my goal was to loose the remaining weight, around 28 pounds, by next July.
Why that's 8 and a 1/2 months away!
My fellow Sparkers, I am going to relax now, as stressing out just causes that cortisol to soar and weight to stay put.
There's plenty of time to meet my goal! This is a forever lifestyle change, so so I am going to be patient and "keep on trucking", as the saying goes!
We can all do this! What I've learned today, is that reflection can be your best activity when you are a bit "down". The very fact that we are all here, trying, is the biggest gift we can give ourselves!
So, my Spark friends, let's carry on together down this road so well travelled, but perhaps with a bit more wisdom with each step we take!