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What do you consider progress?

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Depending on what you are doing, the definition of progress can mean many different things. In terms of weight loss, many people consider progress to be when the scale is moving in a downward pattern. I admit that my ultimate goal is to get the scale to say 160lbs. Two years later, it's still my goal. Does this mean I haven't made progress? HECK NO!!!

Progress for me takes many different forms. It's my A1C level going down. It's how I can walk a flight of stairs now without stopping halfway to catch my breath. It's not having had an asthma attack in over a year. It's the energy I have to get up and do something...ANYTHING...other than watch tv. It's how my clothes fit now.

The scale hasn't made any significant movement in 2 months. However the jeans I am wearing today are loose in the thighs and waist where they were tight before. I am able to bend at the waist and tie my sneakers instead of trying to twist myself into a pretzel to do the same thing. I am standing up to pull on my pants....not lying down on the bed and hoping I can sit up once they're buttoned. That's my progress.

I know all these things are good. I am also human, which means that when I see the scale not moving I don't feel like I am doing it right. Reminding myself of all these other little victories helps to mitigate that feeling of failure. I am not failing. My body is just catching up.

As my status says, you are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream. My goal for this week is to track all my food and all my exercise. Get my 8 glasses of water in. Back to basics, if you will. These basics are what will keep me going in a healthy direction.

Let's face it, losing weight is great, but being healthy is really our ultimate goal. I don't need to look like a supermodel. I just need to take care of the body I've been given. I only get one of them.
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    1753 days ago
    Thank you for the reminder that there are a myriad of ways to measure success. I've had some discouragement with the scale lately. Thanks for sharing this. it helps me remember to look elsewhere and in doing so, see that I am making progress.
    1756 days ago
    This is such a good blog! It is so true. They days I don't give into cravings I count as progress. Keep up the great work!
    1756 days ago
  • LGAR519
    This is a very good blog! It's something that we all need to be reminded of frequently. Good work!
    1756 days ago
    You hit the nail right on the head. That's why taking measurements are so important. It is so much more accurate than the scale. Attitude is the biggest help and you have a very healthy attitude!!
    1756 days ago
    KUDOS! Definitely . . . progress is measured in many different ways! HUGS and smiles.
    1756 days ago
    emoticon on your progress. I measure progress the same way. I have lost 10 pounds, but for the past 2 weeks I have been at 250. It is frustrating, but I can feel the changes in my body. I feel firmer and more toned, I can walk 2.5 miles now, I am even starting to jog a little. You are right it is nice to see the scale move down, but we shouldn't let that be the only way we feel progress. emoticon emoticon
    1756 days ago
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