Ways to Measure Progress Besides the Scale

September 30, 2015

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.

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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:

1. PICTURES. 

  • 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.

2. Measurements.

  • 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?

 

 

15 Comments
    1. The older I get it definitely has become completely how I feel. Before that, however, and with personal training clients? It was always always about those jeans 🙂

    1. I am so glad you are talking about this. I have started doing more lifting this year (not on your level – but a lot more for me). And the scale has gone up – but my size has stayed the same. It’s important to use other measures to gauge your training.

      Looking great girl!

      1. Yayyy good for you!!! That means you are getting some muscle 😀 <3

    1. I measure my progress by how my clothes fit. 100%. I didn’t fit a lot of my stuff (well, not comfortably) and I DO now, so I consider that a huge win! I always get way too caught up in numbers on the scale, so I tend to avoid that at all costs!

    1. Loved this post! It can be discouraging when you are weight lifting because the scale doesn’t always move. Important to remember muscle weighs more than fat! <3 Progress is happening even if your weight isn't changing.

      1. it doesn’t weigh more, it just takes up less space! 😉 but so true about the progress!

    1. definitely pictures and howi feel are the best ways for me! I don’t own a scale, and i’ve found that over the past four years my body has stayed around 130lbs but has changed quite a lot. i think you look awesome!

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