I find that to really maintain a positive outlook I must have multiple measures I can look to for encouragement. I cannot simply look at progress on the scale, I have to have an entire list of indicators of my ongoing progress. My list includes the scale, but it also includes how my clothes fit, my energy level, my body measurements, etc. To succeed I have to be aware of all the changes I am getting through my lifestyle change!!
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