For many of us any movement towards a goals involves a number or a marker you can measure.
Trying to pass a course? Follow your exam grades.
Trying to get a PR at your next race? Follow your run times.
Trying to reach a goal weight? Follow the numbers on the bathroom scale.
If you have worked towards creating and following a healthy diet long enough you will find the scale can be either your biggest motivator or biggest frustration. And unfortunately (or fortunately) you are probably getting on your scale first thing in the morning.
The next time you are standing on a scale, muttering obscenities, remember this: the scale is just one of the many indicators of progress.
Here are others that may get overlooked:
– Frequency of workouts (have you been able to get moving?)
– Energy level Hunger level (Are you hungry for a balanced meal or cookies?)
– Stress Level (Are you able to handle stress better?)
– Body composition (progress pictures are often times the biggest indicators of all your hard work!)
– Water intake (Are you getting 8 cups or more of water daily)
– Fiber intake (Do you eat veggies and fruits at every meal/snack?)
– Sleep (Are you sleeping at or closer to 9 hours every night?)
– Consistency (Do you track your intake every day?)
– Lab results (If you started with high cholesterol, has this level decreased?)
– Mindset (Avoid thinking “I blew it” if you have eaten a cupcake)
– Knowing your body (Better understanding of how food affects your body)
Remember three things:
1) A number on a scale does not define who you are or how your day will start. Make this decision before you step onto a scale and if you can’t, then skip the scale that morning altogether.
2) Try also to focus on the trends of weight change over weeks and even months.
3) The scale does not tell the whole story. There are many markers for progress in your journey that go far beyond the scale’s number.