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Non Scale Measures Of Progress

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sometimes I become so fixated on the number on the scale that I forget it is only one measure of my progress. This week, for example, I had a 1.2 pound increase when I weighed in at Weight Watchers. I was disappointed but I knew that I had changed my workout routine so perhaps that had some effect on my weight. I was surprised when I tried on a fairly new top and it was way too big on me. That was a very pleasant surprise too!

That got me to thinking about non scale measures of progress. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, the way your clothes fit is one measure of progress. Some others are lab numbers, energy level and improve immune system. My lab numbers and energy level are much better that they were just two months ago. I decided to measure my arm, chest, waist, hip and thigh and compare the measurements that I did on October 4, 2012. The results were very pleasing to me!

10/04/12 Measurements:

Arm 16 7/8 in.

Chest 47 3/4 in.

Waist 45 1/2 in.

Hip 53 3/4 in.

Thigh 27 3/4 in.

Neck 15 in.

02/16/13 Measurements:

Arm 15 7/8 in. (-1 in.)

Chest 45 in. (-2 3/4 in.)

Waist 39 in. (-6 1/2 in.)

Hip 49 in. (-4 3/4 in.)

Thigh 26 1/2 in. (-1 1/4 in.)

Neck 14 in. (-1 in.)

Total Loss = 17 1/4 inches

Oh my goodness! A total loss of 17 1/4 inches is a lot! No wonder I'm able to fit into much smaller sizes. Plus, with such a big loss around the waist, my overall health must be greatly improved.

This just shows that sometimes a weight gain will show up on the scale and it is easy to let that number define you. When you look at other measures of progress, you get a much better picture. Although I had a 1.2 pound gain this week, my body was busy making changes inside, where I couldn't see them. I am actually making great progress. Now that I can see the progress, I'm motivated to continue to strive to meet my goals and become more healthy.

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  • L*I*T*A*
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    1831 days ago
    That is wonderful! I, too, have learned that I need to measure success in non-scale ways also. emoticon
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    You definitely are making progress! It shows in person a lot!! So glad you did your before measurements so you could post that wonderful progress you have made. The loss in your waist is just great! Yes, it would indicate you've made some great health progress.

    I struggle to use the scale properly as a tool myself. It is easy to get too focused on it. It is an important measure, but just one measure. It fluctuates and sometimes you go up for no reason, when you know you've done well. Occasionally you expect a gain and don't get it. At least not the day you expected it. Also, you are not in total control of what the scale says in the short run, but eventually the scale will reflect your behavior.

    Again, congratulations on your very significant, and I know, hard earned inches lost!!!

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