Be sure not to use the scale as your only means of weight loss.
Measure Progress Without the Scale
An Arsenal of Tools for Your Motivation
-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer
4 Non-Scale Signs of Progress
1. See results by taking a trip to your very own closet. Take out a pair of pants that fit snugly before you began your new, healthy habits. Are you able to ease into them, when before you had to sit (or lie) down and yank them up your legs? This is a sure sign of progress toward a leaner you! What about an old shirt? Is it now a little loose around your waist or arms? Also look for improved muscle definition when you check out your body in the mirror. There are many everyday indicators that you are firming up your body, from how your clothes fit to sitting more comfortably in a booth or small chair.
2. Aside from weight, use other numerical signs of progress. When you first start your program, take measurements of your waist, arms, neck and hips. Even if you are not losing pounds, you very well may be losing inches all over your body as your figure slims down and tones up with muscles. Measuring your body is more reliable than the scale alone. Other numerical indicators include a reduction of blood pressure or cholesterol, heart rate, and body fat percentage.
3. Monitor how a healthy diet and regular exercise affects your energy levels. Not only will you be able to work out for longer intervals of time, but everyday chores will also become easier. Whether cutting the grass or simply walking up the stairs, these behaviors will come effortlessly. Think of all the daily activities you could use more energy forógrocery shopping, house cleaning, playing with your kids, and more. Pretty soon youíll be training for your first 5K!
4. Lastly, be conscious of how you feel emotionally. Youíve been working hard to reach your goals. Hopefully, the hard work will come with a boost in self-esteem, confidence, and happiness. Are you beginning to feel more comfortable in your own body? Work to build a positive vocabulary to stay motivated.
Just because the scale has stopped moving doesnít mean that youíve hit a plateau in reaching your goals. Donít give up out of frustrationóall healthy behaviors are well worth the effort. Whether itís better sleep at night or more energy throughout the day, start listening to the signs your body gives you that all of your hard work is paying off!
| Pounds lost: 11.2