Things I wish I had done as soon as I started
Sunday, January 06, 2013
When I hit my high and got sick of it, I started eating properly and tracking it all. The only thing that is measurable from the beginning is the scale weight.
I lost 6 pounds before I took a full body shot, I would have liked to see that extra 6 pounds. I had lost nearly 10 pounds before I started measuring myself with a tape measure. I'll bet that there was at least an inch or two lost in those 10 pounds.
I'm all about the measurable statistics and being able to write everything down and see the results is a big thing for me. Just call me a scientist...
I also think it would have been more helpful for me to have some kind of tracking device, I have a FitBit, but there are other measuring devices like heart rate monitors. I happened upon my FitBit in March, but didn't start using it until late summer. Now that Spark People connects to FitBit, it's much easier for me to know what I need to take in because I know the real amount of fitness I do in a day, although I go by the FitBit ranges, not the Spark People ranges because Spark People wants to put my calorie burn higher than FitBit does.
When everything is accurate, then I have a much easier time doing this right. Writing everything down, having measurable statistics, and then seeing the results really helps.
It would have been nice to see the full results, but I suppose I started close enough to the beginning that the results won't be skewed too much.
Don't wait too long to use all the statistics you can!