The Uniqueness of Progress

The first week of starting a new lifestyle is usually very fulfilling, in terms of weight released.  As we rid our bodies of processed sugars and begin to drink more water, our body automatically sheds quite a bit of weight.  Everyone is different in this regard.  My first week of eating low glycemic, I released 12 pounds!  I was thrilled, but I knew enough to not expect the same results the next week.

It is so important to realize that we need to be measuring progress in other areas besides just weight.  In fact, in my experience, I see more results when I have been keeping track of measurements, or even just paying attention to how I feel in my clothes.  While you might not release any weight during a week, you more than likely released inches.

If you feel like you aren’t getting to where you want to be, try measuring your upper arms, thighs, waist, bust, hips, and even your neck.  You will likely see changes there!

Other ways to measure progress.  How long is it taking you to walk/run a mile?  Are you getting quicker?  Are you able to do more push ups or sit ups than before?  What about your ability  to keep up with the pace of something that you struggled with in the past?

Ultimately, weighing yourself is not the only way to gauge your progress.  In fact, it becomes one of the most psychologically draining forms of tracking weight loss for many people.  It is too easy to put your life on hold until that magical number has been reached.

So pat yourself on the back for you progress, big or small.  Progress is progress.  It is a new day.  Set your goals for the day and week.  Don’t minimize it.  Watch for other, more fulfilling fruits of your hard work in the future.

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