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30 Blogs hath September #7

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!

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  • SHARON10002
    Thanks for the tips, Barb. I agree that attitude plays a huge part, and I like your early warning signs. I use how my clothes feel because the scale makes me nuts!
    1942 days ago
    I do the daily weigh in and rolling average too...and just took pictures last week, so I'm going to start that as a monthly thing as well, we'll see how that goes! I think the rolling average was the key to taking the fretting over the daily weight in check, for me at least!
    1961 days ago
    Does a daily weigh-in cause you to change your daily routine or is it simply to keep track.
    I hesitate the daily for that reason. I think I'd be tempted to change my plan for the day based on daily weight.
    1961 days ago
    I weigh myself once a week, sometimes twice depending how I have done for food and working out. Have had some pounds come back on this summer so am being very careful.
    1961 days ago
    I love the 30 blogs hath September! Thanks for sharing your measures that keep you on track. It's specifics like these that really help me to be inspired and feel encouraged in the "how" of losing weight and keeping it off. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1962 days ago
  • ANDI571
    I like the idea of averaging the weight for a week. I never thought to do that.

    Mental attitude is a big one for me. I am finding that I finally took care of my mental attitude of late, that I am now doing much better on my food choices. It can be my biggest down fall if I am not very aware.

    Good blog Barb! emoticon
    1962 days ago
    Wonderful, wonderful words of wisdom. I never put a label to it, but you're right . . . measuring my attitude is definitely very important in this process because it drives my behaviors in response.

    Thanks for sharing!
    1962 days ago
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    1962 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That is what I admire so much about you -your ability to analyze yourself objectively to see when there is a problem and take steps to correct it before it gets out of hand. That is what is helping to make you one heck of a great maintainer!! I know I quite often overlook any emotional problems I may be having and just sweep them under the carpet and hope they go away. My exercise helps me feel good about myself.
    You have so many great ideas to share and I so very am thankful I came across you on this huge website to enjoy them!!
    Spark on!!
    1962 days ago
    I love the idea of progress pictures..I sure wish you could bottle up and sell that attitude and determination you got there...Id pay good money for it lol
    1962 days ago
    More wisdom, Barb! I love how you use attitude and slips in eating as early warning signs. I've never heard that before and it makes so much sense. I'm going to try that. And then double checking with the objective data -- well, that is just stellar!! I think you really have something there. Thanks for posting!! -Marsha
    1962 days ago
    "Because actions follow thoughts." I hadn't thought of maintenance being a check of my emotions but this rings really true for me. Originally I thought I was just dealing with weight loss but it became about a lot more than that. Thought maintenance would be about my physical fitness...Thank you for helping me see that maintenance is also about a lot more than that. emoticon emoticon
    1962 days ago
    I too weigh daily as a check in. But my choices and attitude are far more important. Love your blogs!
    1962 days ago
    Great ways to stay in check! I really like the photo one especially. You're right, by the time clothes don't fit right it's already late in the game.
    1962 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    You have a great system of checks and balances! My favorite -- the pictures that really tell the whole truth. The scale doesn't always accurately reflect reality but the picture does!

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  • LAURIE5658
    Sometimes those reality checks are a real slap in the face but perhaps it is exactly what we need. Photos do not lie and they are perhaps THE most motivational tool we have. Great blog!
    1962 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    Yup, if my motivation or attitude slips just a little, I can see the effects in what I do. Reluctance to exercise and keep moving, eating the wrong things, and generally feeling a bit down. Back to the present to remember that life is good and deserves a big smile! emoticon
    1962 days ago
    All very good ways to note progress and keep
    yourself on target. Life IS good! SPark on!
    1962 days ago
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