Friday, February 19, 2010

Measure Progress without the Scale

For many trying to shed pounds, the elation from that initial weight loss is brought to a screeching halt when the scale stops moving. Instead of viewing this as a setback, you should look for other ways to measure your progress besides the scale. After all, good health isn’t always measured in pounds. Consider these non-scale signs of progress
Taking a trip to your very own closet. There are many everyday indicators that you are firming up your body, from how your clothes fit to checking out your body in the mirror. Take out a pair of pants that fit snugly before you began your new, healthy habits and see how they fit now. Also look for improved muscle definition when you look at yourself in the mirror. Use other numerical signs of progress. When you first start your program, take your measurements. Even if you are not losing pounds, you very well may be losing inches all over your body as your figure slims down and tones up with muscles. Measuring your body is more reliable than the scale alone. (If you don't know your measurements, contact me for a free health assessment)
Check your energy levels. Not only will you be able to work out for longer intervals of time, but everyday activities will also become easier. Whether cutting the grass or simply walking up the stairs, these behaviors will come effortlessly. Pretty soon you’ll be training for your first 5K!
Be conscious of how you feel emotionally. An excellent side effect of the hard work is a boost in self-esteem, confidence, and happiness. Also, work to build a positive vocabulary about yourself to stay motivated.
Just because the scale has stopped moving doesn’t mean you’re not reaching your goals. All healthy behaviors are well worth the effort. Stick to your plan and listen to the signs your body gives you that all of your hard work is paying off!