Measuring your progress is an important part of your fitness journey whatever your goal may be. Whether you are working on losing weight, getting more toned or getting stronger, knowing how much closer you are to your fitness objective is key to staying motivated. And of course, it’s a means to measure your success and how far along you’ve come.
Don’t let the number on the scale define you.
For those who want to lose weight, the most obvious way to track progress is the weighing scale. However, keep in mind that the scales don’t tell you the whole picture. For one, your body weight fluctuates even within the day. Imagine the frustration when you step in the scale in the evening and you weigh heavier than you were in the morning. It can be very demotivating. Those who lift weights oftentime see weight gain too. It’s because eventhough muscle and fat weigh the same, one pound of muscle takes up half the space of one pound of fat. This means that by building dense muscle mass and decreasing body fat, your weight scale may increase while your body fat percentage decreases. Morever, according to a 2016 study done in the UCLA, that number on the scale actually does not define how healthy you are. Bottomline is, stop obssessing about it. Don’t let it be the only measurement of your success. Take it from fitness blogger Kelsey Wells who highlights in her IG post how deceiving weight can be:
SCREW THE SCALE || I figured it was time for a friendly, yet firm reminder.🤗 YOU GUYS. PLEASEEEEEE STOP GETTING HUNG UP ON THE NUMBER ON THE STUPUD SCALE! PLEASE STOP THINKING YOUR WEIGHT EQUALS YOUR PROGRESS AND FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING PLEASE STOP LETTING YOR WEIGHT HAVE ANY AFFECT WHATSOEVER ON YOUR SELF ESTEEM, like I used to. To any of you who are where I once was, please listen to me. I am 5' 7" and weigh 140 lbs. When I first started #bbg I was 8 weeks post partum and 145 lbs. I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my "goal weight" should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN. Also, I have gone up two pant sizes and as a matter of fact I ripped those skinny jeans wide open just the other week trying to pull them up over my knees.😂 My point?? According to my old self and flawed standards, I would be failing miserably. THANK GOODNESS I finally learned to start measuring my progress by things that matter — strength, ability, endurance, health, and HAPPINESS. Take progress photos and videos. Record how many push-ups you can do, ect. And if you can, your BFP — there is only a 5 lb difference between my starting and current weight, but my body composition has changed COMPLETELY. I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now. And if I didn't say #screwthescale long ago, I would have gave up on my journey. So to the little teeny tiny voice in the back of my head that still said "😳wtf is this- not 140!?😭😩" last week when I stepped on the scale, I say SCREW. YOU. And I think you should probably say the same to your scale too. #byefelicia 👋🏼🚫⚖ . . #bbgprogress #transformationtuesday #fit #fitness #workout #fitmom #fitchick #fitfam #fitnesstransformation #beforeandafter #sweat #mysweatlife #girlswithmuscle #girlgains #strongnotskinny
So how else are you to measure your fitness progress? We give you 5 ways to do so that does not involve the weighing scale:
1. Take progress photos.
Yes, go ahead take that selfie. Doing so allows you to have a visual record of the changes happening to your body. Changes are often imperceptible just by simply looking at the mirror from day to day. Take a photo from the front, side ways and back wearing a bikini so you can really see your body transformation. Do this every 2 weeks wearing the same outfit and preferably, in the same location and lighting.
2. Take measurements.
Your weight is not the only number that matters when it comes to measuring your progress. Get a measuring tape and measure those key parts of your body that will better show how much fat you’re losing. Measure your neck, waist, upper arms, hips and thighs. Do this every month and see how your body has changed.
3. Try on your old clothes.
Another telltale sign that you are doing great in your fitness regimen is when you can fit in those old clothes you haven’t worn in awhile. If you have an old pair of jeans that fits you better now or any other piece of clothing that seems more lose this time or if you’ve dropped a dress size or two, there’s no question you are making progress!
4. Beat your personal records.
Do you feel stronger? Can you lift heavier weights? Can you hold that plank much longer? Progress isn’t just about aesthetics. It can also be measured by your performance in the gym. Start tracking your workouts to see your progression overtime.
5. Feeling more confident.
In the end, you want to make sure that your mental wellbeing is headed in the right direction as your body and health. Feeling good on the outside is just as important as feeling good on the inside. Do you feel a boost in self-esteem? Do you feel more energized to do your daily activities? Do you feel more confident about wearing that bikini? If your answer is yes, then your hard work is paying off!
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