When we embark on a quest to lose weight and get healthier, the first thing we turn to is the number on the scale. However, the number on the scale is not always an accurate assessment of how we are progressing.
For those of you who want various ways to track your progress, I have included 5 ways that you can do just that.
#1 Take Pictures
Pictures are one of my favorite ways to track my progress. When tracking your progress using a picture, your able to really get a feel for how everything is moving along.
When I lost my first 25 pounds no one really noticed. However, when I went back and found a picture from a few months earlier, the difference was astonishing.
Just by cleaning up the foods I was eating and only drinking water, I was able to reduce the bloat in my face. It was crazy! I couldn’t believe it.
In fact, I would have never even realized how far I had come or the difference that it made if I had not taken pictures and looked back at them.
I know that taking a picture is the last thing you want to do, but I’m telling you, just take one picture or get someone to take one of you so that you can have something to encourage you when you feel that the scale isn’t showing you any love.
#2 Record Your Measurements
Taking your measurements is another great idea. If you’re like me and live in yoga and sweatpants, then you should be recording your body measurements.
A good rule of thumb is to measure your key areas in the same location every time. I prefer to measure once a month but you can measure yourself at the frequency that you feel is best for you.
Key areas to measure include:
#3 Track Your Weight
I know that this is a given and one of the first choices of measurements that people use and that’s why it’s on the list.
You see, if you’re trying to lose weight and you have a specific number or an amount that you’re trying to lose, then it makes sense that you are tracking your progress towards that number.
You can’t expect to lose 60 pounds and never step on the scale. How do you know which foods or exercises are working with your body to reach your current goals?
The scale is a great measurement because you can see whether or not new changes in your diet are leading to a weight loss or weight gain.
I like to track myself on a weekly basis – once a week.
#4 Track Your Workouts
Have you thought about tracking your squats, sit-ups, or any other workout exercises? Maybe the first week you could only do 20 but then next week you were able to do 25.
It’s important to be proud of yourself for increasing your endurance during a run, being able to walk longer distances, or improving the number of reps your able to do.
By tracking these, you are able to see that you’re getting stronger week after week. It’s a great feeling to see how each week you are able to progress toward your goals one squat or pushup at a time.
#5 Your Clothes
Lastly, the most telling of anything, your clothes. You can tell if you’re losing or gaining weight based on your clothes – even more specifically a pair of jeans.
If your jeans are getting snug and you can barely zip them up, then you know your packing on the pounds. However, if they are starting to loosen up then you know you’re headed in the right direction.
While the jeans are just one example, you can apply the same principle to a bathing suit that you may want to look good in this summer or a dress for a wedding. You pick!
Taking the time to measure your progress in a variety of ways can help to keep you encouraged and motivated.
Whether you decide to do this by taking pictures, measurements, getting on the scale, tracking reps, or by noticing how your clothes fit; it can help you to see how the effort that you’re making is helping you to reach your goals.