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Hi, all,

I've added another article to the Team Favorites: Measuring Progress Beyond the Scale. (I think that's the title. The idea is correct.)

This is a concept I frequently express to new members on the Introduce Yourself forum. Our bodies are not machines; we can input x and y (food and exercise) but we are not automatically guaranteed to receive z (weight loss on our timetable).

If we unhook our sense of success or failure from the number on the scale we can better appreciate our progress in things we can control. Have we become consistent in drinking our water? Are we exercising aerobically most days? Have we stretched our horizons by trying things outside our previous comfort zone -- a new food, a new exercise, a new attitude?

Our efforts will show up in objective measures other than the scale, as well. My favorite is Body Fat Percentage, which takes into account the distribution of our weight between fat and "everything else", i.e., bones, muscles, water, etc. We want to lose fat pounds, but most of us also want to increase lean pounds. The scale lumps these together; the BF% doesn't. Handheld meters are available now for less than $20 dollars. Mine is slightly smaller than a paperback book; I bought it at Target.

But there are other measures: our measurements, our clothes, the compliments we receive. We needn't discount these just because the scale doesn't agree.

Anyway, that's my take; check out the Resource Center for the SP point of view.


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