I hear you! It helps to focus on other victories besides the scales because the scales only show part of the picture. It doesn't account for hormonal fluctuations, building muscles while losing fat or water weight. In other words, the scales can lie! Something I have done is take pics of myself in my workout clothes, a side view and a front view, to give myself some perspective. It makes it easier to see the changes in your body that way. Other non-scale measurements are things like using a tape measure to see the inches coming off (I have to use a quilt tape measure right now because I am too big for a "regular" tape measure) although, my tape measure isn't showing much in the way of inches lost because my big belly is drawing up at this point so I'm losing girth rather than inches, changes in the way your clothes look on you and the way they fit will also help you to see how you are improving. I also focus on things like stamina (being able to do more for longer periods) and flexibility. I have scoliosis in my neck which limited movement in my left shoulder as well as making it almost impossible to look over my left shoulder but, since working out with kettlebells, I have no pain in that shoulder now and can look over it again. Those are all ways that encourage me and show me my efforts are not for nothing. This is a lifetime thing, not a short term thing. It can be very slow going but that also helps you to make changes you can live with and adapt to over time. Don't be discouraged. Focus on health and finding things you enjoy doing. Try new things. I was scared to work out with kettlebells because of my size. You have to do a lot of squats and I was afraid I would blow out a knee if I tried it. But I tried it anyway and found out I could do it. and I really like it. A 10 minute workout is about 200 calories burned. I'm also learning belly dancing which is actually pretty hard work but so much fun. I can feel lots of muscles moving that are not used to being used. Just keep moving, keep looking forward, keep finding things that interest you to try and find other ways to measure your improvements other than just the scales. I'm cheering for you! 3044 days ago
Even when I make poor food choices (like today!) I find that tracking helps me be aware, acknowledge where I could choose differently, and be more mindful going forward. (No, I won't have FOUR servings of the chocolate covered almonds, I'll just have TWO). Hang in there! 3045 days ago
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