Take the Focus Off of the Scale
Planning on dusting off your bathroom scale? Perhaps you've been contemplating making some lifestyle changes to your daily routine to lose a few pounds, get in shape and feel better. While losing excess weight may be important, numbers on a scale aren't the only way to measure success. Here are some other milestones on the way to a healthier you:
- Smaller sizes. You'll notice that your rings and clothing may start to fit better and even become loose once you've lost some weight.
- Inches lost. Take your measurements, including chest, waist and thighs. Keep the measurements somewhere safe, and measure again in four weeks. You'll be able to see how many inches you've lost, which can be a great boost in confidence.
- Strength gained. Take note of how your body is feeling. You'll likely feel stronger and fitter from daily exercise, and improved mental fitness as well.
- Renewed energy. Often times the more you move, the more you want to move. Once you become more active, you're likely to gain more energy for your other day-to-day activities.
- Loss of cravings. When you get in the habit of eating a diet filled with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and protein, your other cravings for sweets and salts can significantly be reduced.
If you've started on your weight-loss journey and you're feeling like you may fall off the wagon, ask for help. Recruit a neighbor or friend to be your gym or walking partner. Call a relative for weekly check-ins. Start a journal to record your meals and exercise each day. You can also consider joining an online community for support or a program with meetings or one-on-one sessions on a regular basis.
Source: Dowden Custom Media. Published with permission.