What is the most accurate way to measure success during your fitness and weightloss journey? Or more appropriately asked, How do YOU measure success? Is it by the number on the scale? or Is it the loss of inches?
Studies have shown that those who weigh themselves daily, are more successful with their weight loss goals.
However, I think being obsessive over the number on the scale can be counterintuitive – NOT helpful.
We become discouraged by the slightest increase (or decrease) from our hard work and efforts.
Over the past few weeks, in my personal weight loss journey, I have seen the scale hover between 143 and 146.
I found myself getting discouraged, angry, upset, frustrated and just CONFUSED as to why the weight fluctuation was happening.
I was losing sight of the bigger picture. There are MORE ways to view success. The scale is NOT THE ONLY WAY!
I noticed my clothes were LOOSER. I even recently purchased a MUCH SMALLER pair of jeans. Heck, I even zipped and buttoned a pair of size 6 jeans. (Granted, I did NOT purchase them – too many dimples, camel toe and muffin top exposed.)
I re-measured myself. My measurements are the same as they were post Boot camp.
My endurance and stamina has increased. I can run further faster than I could a few short weeks ago.
I am less tired, less cranky, less moody. Granted, I have my 16 month old son to thank for this one – he has finally decided to sleep for longer stretches through the night.
The only difference is my weight. The ONLY negative feedback I am getting is from my scale.
There are moments when I would like to banish my bathroom scale. However, I know that weighing myself periodically is part of the equation (not THE answer). I need to keep in mind ALL the ways to measure success during this journey.
Keep accurate measurements and compare every few weeks.
How do my clothes feel?
How do I feel in my own skin?
Do I have more energy? endurance? stamina?
When I look at the bigger picture, I find that I am successful. I am seeing the rewards for my hard work. Even if the scale might not agree (or is fickle from week to week).
I am not defined by the number on the scale. Neither does the number on the scale define YOU!
I am a strong, HEALTHY, woman! No matter what the scale might say. I choose to measure my success not by what the scale says, but through multiple parts of the fitness and weight loss equation.
How do YOU measure success?