Do you weigh yourself on a daily basis?
Do you strip all your clothes off, so its the lowest number possible?
Come on, we’ve all done it! But is this an accurate measurement of progress? To me the best measure of progress has to be how I feel both inside and out. I tend to measure by three things: how do your clothes fit, does your skin glow and how do you feel over all?
The scale is a great tool to use when you’re just getting started, but it can also be a frustrating instrument when trying to reach your goals.
As women, our weight fluctuates on a daily basis. We can thank genetics and hormones, oh and those impulsive trips to the pantry when we are under pressure. However, once you get a handle on your diet and exercise regimen, you should start seeing a change.
Sometimes our bodies retain water and hold on to weight, if the calorie deficit is too low. Therefore, you can diet for a whole week and never lose a pound. I think it’s much easier to get a healthy baseline, use it as a guide, and eat as many clean foods as you can until you have reached your caloric intake for the day. This way, it will be a lot easier to maintain this type of lifestyle. It is no longer a diet, it is just the way you eat. Try eating food that keep you full longer, doing this will help with the urge to snack on unhealthy stuff in your pantry and overeat.
So with that being said, although the scale is a great way to document your starting point, there are many other ways to truly see your progress.
- Daily fluctuations happened to all of us. Don’t get discouraged by what you see from one day to another.
- Use waist circumference and other body part measurements to track your progress
- Don’t put the scale on a pedestal…it’s not always accurate
So remember this, if you weigh yourself at 135 lbs starting today and after training a month from now you are still 135 lbs but your waist measures a smaller size, that’s progress! Keep that in mind the next time you step on that scale.
Author: Jennifer Colon
Jennifer Colon is a 44 yr old wife & mother of two teenagers. After being an educator for 15+ yrs she decided to retire early, raise her children and Focus on her health. Certified in fitness & Nutrition, Jenn seeks adventure and fitness challenges that push her to the next level. Her goal in life is to inspire others to take care of themselves and promote self love!