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The scale isn't the only measure of success!!!

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

So the last two weeks have been difficult, busy, and really dissapointing on the exercise front. A dear friend of mine passed away and things seem to keep creaping up on my zumba days and I haven't been as motivated to go, I'm sad to say. But it is a temporary thing!

It can be so easy sometimes to get knocked off your schedule or lose motivation but remember a set-back isn't a reason to quit! The good news is that I was able to still lose a pound during those two weeks that I wasn't able to make 100% effort.

The scales (which all say something different *sigh*) can be a frustrating measure of how well or poorly I'm doing. So I've relied on other means to measure my success!!!!

~ People commenting on how much happier I seem
~ My friends noticing how I'm visibly looking thinner
~ My pants fitting looser
~ My energy levels are higher!
~ I'm sleeping better!
~ I'm eating better!
~ My 9 year old son telling me I look thinner and he can almost reach around my waist :)
~ I'm starting to love myself!
~Healthier looking hair and nails! (nails are such a big indication of your overall nutritional health!)
~Better skin!
~Improved moods!
~I can climb stairs with greater ease!!!
~improved breathing = improved singing!
~Able to close a robe and tie it when before I couldn't even get it closed.

And looking at all of those benefits... how can I really be discouraged that the scale isn't reflecting what I expected in weight? I am improving on so many levels- and becoming a better me!

Back to the gym tonight for zumba and a swim with my son - This year, I am determined to make my health a priority!

***Thank you for all the comments and condolences. They are appreciated***
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    First off, I am really sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. You should be proud of yourself for the pound you did lose during such a stressful time. I loved your list of your positives. It made me re-evaluate some things in my life! Thanks for sharing!!
    1962 days ago
    great post
    1962 days ago
  • AJB121299
    nice blog
    1962 days ago

    Many positives, many accomplishments. Congratulations.

    Sorry about you having lost a friend - nothing much else to say regarding that fact.
    1962 days ago
  • 1935MARY
    Thanks. You are right .I was just thinking the scales are not moving, throw in the towel. But then I stopped to think my cholesterol is now great, my sugars have improve and I feel better then I have in years. Although I would like to be thin, like yesterday. All other things are measured as a great accomplishment. Clothes are a good measurement. I am sorry for you lost a friend. Keep on pushing it. You are doing great. May the rewards keep on coming. emoticon emoticon
    1962 days ago
  • ORODEO73
    Great job! Keep it up! emoticon
    1962 days ago
    needed to see this today. thanks so much.
    1962 days ago
    You CAN do it! I love Zumba, enjoy!!!
    1962 days ago
    I totally agree with you, if we only relied on the scale to validate our efforts, most of us would have given up a long time ago. I guess when you come to this realization, your attitude also changes. Well done on all your achievements so far.
    1962 days ago
    My favourite way to see how much I've changed to better is clothes. Nothing can beat the feel of how much nicer to wear something without bits and pieces of me sticking out unattractively :D
    1962 days ago
  • M_FITBY30
    Those "other" measurements of success are so much gratifying. And you can notice them all through your day, keeping you motivated to continue to make good choices :)
    we're on the right track!
    1962 days ago
  • LJOYCE55
    Its great that you see other ways that exercise and healthy eating improve your life. Thank you for sharing.
    1963 days ago
    Thank you for this bog!! This is very timely for me as I have been getting really discouraged lately. I am exercising more than ever and not seeing results on the scale. My body seems to have reached a set point. But your list above makes me see that my clothes are fitting better; I do feel and look better; people are paying me compliments. So I will persevere and stay with it. I also like Avanell's assertion that the scale doesn't define us. So now with my mind clearer on this issue I can refocus on the job at hand. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1963 days ago
    emoticon emoticon The scale doesn't define you! Keep up the good work. You are making progress!
    1963 days ago
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