Do you jump on the scales every day or even more than once a day? Is your whole day dictated by the number on the dial? Then maybe it’s time to step off, step back and look at some other ways to record your progress.
Here are ways to measure success that go beyond just the scale.
Though weighing regularly can be fun and motivating while losing weight there are many other ways to track your progress. We have a friend who wore the same belt every day over his 2-year period of weight loss. He tracked his progress with the notches in that belt. When he got to his goal weight, he hung the belt up on the wall as a reminder of his accomplishment.
Here are a few more great suggestions:
1. Take photographs of yourself in the same clothes and in the same location every 2 or 3 weeks and create a photo journal.
2. Track your health indicators, like blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, or fasting blood sugar. [Note: “Fasting” means a blood sample is taken in the morning before you eat anything.]
3. Keep one pair of each size pants as you lose and compare them to see your progress.
4. Take your measurements every month or two and track your inches lost.
5. Log your medicine intake and note how exciting it is when insulin, blood pressure and other medicines are decreased.
This is proof of your new healthier you.