Friday, September 07, 2012
Today's topic, from the list:
"How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? "
My answer is a combination of the above. My "other" that I measure is my mental attitude and my physical behavior. Because actions follow thought. If I detect anger or resentment, in particular... I have to start examining what's going on. If I see slips in eating... i.e. purposeless indulgences... rationalization of extra treats... that's something to look at. This is truly the early warning system.
But if the early warning system should fail? Reality checks!
I do weigh daily. I do track the 7 day rolling average... that is a reality check of how I'm trending.
I do tape measure my body (monthly), and this is a HUGE check on my fitness, beyond the number on the scale. Am I in training? It shows in the tape measurements when I am.
How my clothes fit isn't quite as big a deal for me... it happens a little too late to make the adjustments I need to make.
Finally, the progress photos... if I'm not training and posting athletic event photos, I *do* take a fitness-posed snapshot of myself end of each month. I tend to skip them when I'm putting up a mud run or race picture... they would be overkill... but through the winter, they are a huge item in my reality check network.
We can do this, but only if we live in the present and SEE what's there! LIFE is good. Spark on!