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Wow, keeping track makes me feel GOOD--Here's how!!

Friday, December 31, 2010

I would constantly kick myself except for Sparkpeople's constant reminders to give myself credit.

That's right--keeping track of how I am doing, good or bad, encourages me in that I can see a difference! Here's what I have learned:

CREDIT: Giving yourself/ taking credit regularly is just as important as long-term goals. For me, just seeing the differences from week to week or month to month really gets me excited and ready to do more!

CALENDAR: Keeping a calendar of my workouts REALLY helps in that I would be feeling guilty and avoiding the whole subject except seeing that I HAVE been doing more than I was giving myself credit for. For me, just seeing that days that I HAVE exercised gets me feeling pepped and energized.

MEASUREMENTS: When one exercises more, muscle replaces the fat, so weight is not an accurate measure of progress. Taking weekly measurements of girth IS. Believe me, when the fat moves out and the muscle moves in, you will see it in measurements.

I know if I take measurements from the beginning, as I get better I will have proof of the difference and feel great about it.

NUTRITION TRACKING: I just realized that I know I have been cutting back on portions but not keeping track "not giving myself credit." It occurred to me that I am doing better on eating healthier and that I will be able to see the difference if I am weighing or measuring my food. I am SURE I have been eating better. So now I can keep closer track and feel good about my progress! Whoopee!!
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  • KITTYF54
    I haven't measured in a long time because I'm afraid I've been aging inches even though the scale hasn't changed. I guess I better log the damages so I can start anew. Lol
    1210 days ago
  • DAKOTADEBBIE
    Keep up the great work. Tracking, weighing, and measuring are all important steps to weight loss and the motivation to keep on the journey to better health. emoticon emoticon
    3435 days ago
  • MOM2ACAT
    I keep a calender of my workouts too; it helps me to stay motivated, and during the times I'm not able to do much, I can see how even short workouts add up.
    3443 days ago
  • SLEEPYDEAN
    Yeah these are great measure of progress and things to keep you motivated!
    3443 days ago
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    3443 days ago
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