Weighing In On The Scale – To Step On or Off?
Raise your hand if the scale can be a source of frustration for you? My hand is help up high! If you’re like me, the scale can be a friend some days but mostly, something I like to avoid. What about you? Is it a true indicator of what is going on with your body? Is it the only way you can measure progress or lack there of? Is it something we should step on everyday, once a week, every other week or never? It is amazing how many different points of view there are on the subject. Take a listen to my opinion 😉
4 Reliable Ways to Measure Progress
- Take before picture– As someone begins a new type of workout program or nutrition plan, I often suggest to take a few pictures, with different angles, in order to use as comparison. Every 4-6 weeks, retake pictures in the same outfit, same positions with the same lighting. It is very eye opening to be able to see physical changes which can be a testament of success or could be used to alter the current plan if the results are not visualized. When you’re program is complete, take an after pic to place side by side. Positive results should be obvious. If not, adjust your plan, but don’t give up!
- Measure yourself– Actually asking a spouse or friend to break out the tape and measure your body in certain spots can be a great way to see results. Have them measure your chest, waist, hips, thighs and biceps. If the same person does it each time, there should be some continuity.
- How Do Your Clothes Fit?- Feeling a difference in the looseness of your pants, shorts, neck collar, chest and shoulder area, for example, can give you in indication that things are working. How about putting aside a pair of jeans that are snug, that you would love to slip on again. Every week or so, put them on and see if they are going on easier 😉
- How Do YOU Feel?– Think back to how you physically felt before you began your improved lifestyle. Do you have more energy, are you sleeping better, has your digestion improved, do you have less cravings for sugar and caffeine, are headaches subsided, has hunger decreased and are you happier and less stressed?? Phew, those are great ways to get an idea if you are improving. All that may happen even if your scale doesn’t reflect the number you were looking for 😉
Hopefully, these tips will help you track your progress without relying on the scale as the only measure of success. In the end, you are the only one that knows how your body reacts to change. In time, you will know what you have to do to make sure you are on the right path and not stepping backwards in your progress.
Side note: Like any advice, there are always difference in opinion. Your way or my thoughts may be totally different from others. I found this article that offers other advice and A different philosophy. Do your research and do whats best for you but the important thing is too keep it up and don’t get discouraged!
Please know, I am always available for support, encouragement and a soundboard if you need help in reaching your goals. You MEASURE up!! Remember that!