We’ve all heard it before. There is more to weight loss than what the scale shows. SO much more.
Sure, it is nice to see a smaller number when you get on the scale. But, what happens when that number doesn’t change? For me, it’s discouraging. It makes me feel that what I’m doing isn’t good enough. I’ve given up getting on the scale. The number hasn’t moved in weeks. Yet, what has happened in the past few months?
My face is smaller. I can feel cheekbones again! My legs are smaller, and I actually like to touch them. I am stronger, physically. I have more stamina. I’m wearing smaller sized clothing. I actually kind of like shopping for new clothes (this is huge for me, as I’ve never enjoyed clothes shopping!)
I’ve been going to the gym and working out three times per week for 9 weeks now. I’m using free weights and machines to work out. This is a change of workout style for me. I used to do mostly cardio. Cardio is a needful method of exercise, but strength training is also quite beneficial to the body. Working out has definitely become a favorite activity for me. I look forward to my workouts, to challenge myself, to push harder, to increase my weights, to conquer my fears.
But, for all of these improvements, the number on the scale hasn’t changed much. SO WHAT?! I’ll take the improvements that I’m enjoying.
We do eat a lower carb diet. I track my food intake via MyFitnessPal. Being conscious about what I eat helps me make better choices. What I found was that most days, I was under calories. I used to think that this was a good thing, however, I was actually starving my body. No wonder I had a hard time losing weight, I wasn’t feeding my body properly and it was in self-preservation mode. Using the If It Fits Your Macros site and calculator, I now have a guideline of what my body needs to be healthy.
While it’s tempting to measure your progress by the number on the scale, a better method is most definitely in taking your measurements, and taking notice of how your clothes fit. Take a few photos when you begin making a conscious effort to get healthy. Take more photos a few months into your new lifestyle. If you are truly eating well and working out, you will see differences. Let that be your encouragement!!
And, for goodness sake, throw those scales away!
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