Gauging Progress (aka Success)

In our daily journey to greater health, we try to gauge our progress (success) and often that is on the weight scale.  Sometimes we see progress and sometimes we do not.  But that is not the end of the story nor the complete picture.  Using only one measure of progress, such as the scale, is having blinders on to the whole process and creating a very narrow focus. This can lead to early overwhelming discouragement and not being able to continue the journey.   You might find yourself saying “IT is not working, I CAN’T do this!” etc.

There are other measures we should be examining our progress (success).  Examples of non-scale progress (success) are items like:

  • Feeling better
  • Sleeping better
  • Breathing better
  • Walking without pain
  • Standing without pain
  • A waistband not squeezing us as tightly
  • Having more energy at the end of the day
  • Clearer and softer skin
  • Not snacking past a certain time
  • Choosing healthier foods
  • Controlling our portions
  • Feeling satisfied with eating less
  • Tracking our food intake honestly
  • Drinking more water
  • Smiling more
  • Maximizing our daily food budget

Not all progress (success) is measured in pounds and ounces.  Every weigh in will not show a weight loss.  This is normal!  To help keep focused on our journey we have to look at the big picture, see the changes no matter how small and celebrate them. 

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