So I started a “mini-cut” about four weeks ago, and you want to know something funny? Well, it’s not really funny. But it kind of is. The scale has not moved.. AT ALL. I mean, of course it has been fluctuating as usual, but in the grand scheme of things I’m pretty much the same weight. Back in the day, I would have been DEVASTATED over this. These days, I really don’t care. I feel really good, and I know i’m making progress because of the other ways I measure my progress.
The funny thing about the scale is yes, it is a good measure of progress. However, it is not the ONLY way to measure progress. So many people get so caught up in the number on the scale and if it doesn’t move at all, or as fast as they’d like, they think they are completely failing and they just decide to give up. Which is silly, because you can certainly still be losing fat even if the scale isn’t moving.
Here are some other ways (and better, in my opinion) that you can measure your progress:
- Honestly, this is the first way you should be measuring progress. Looking at yourself every day, you obviously are not going to notice very many changes. If you stay consistent and keep on going, I guarantee you will look back to older progress photos and notice a big change! How you look is more relevant than the number on the scale anyway, right? Right.
- Typically I do waist measurements about once a week, however, they can be inconsistent sometimes (due to bloating, etc.) so don’t get hung up on it either. However, waist measurements going down are one of the best signs that you are indeed losing fat. Even small increments such as 0.5 make a difference. As for other measurements, I don’t do as often – maybe about once per month. But I can tell you that my waist has gone down, as well as my hips and thighs over this past month. That just shows that I am losing fat, even though the scale hasn’t moved.
3. How your Clothes Fit.
- This one is a big one, too. If something was tight on you a month ago, and now it fits looser or more comfortably, obviously you are making progress in the right direction!
4. How you FEEL.
- If you feel good and comfortable in your own body, WHO CARES ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. This is all that matters, screw numbers.
Moral of the story is not to get too caught up in the number on the scale. Be consistent and PATIENT. Do not give up because things aren’t happening as fast as you’d like. Keep going, and you will achieve your goal.
How do you measure progress?
Any tips I left out?