Scale, Measurements, or progress Photos?
Tracking your progress is a HUGE! part of losing weight on any health and fitness journey. A girl needs to be able to see that she's changing and feel the results of all her hard work! (am I right?!)
But what is the best way to track your progress? Here I'm breaking down the top three methods that I know of and the one I find the most results from.
I'ma just say it now... THE SCALE IS OUT. Like.. bye Felicia out. At least for me and how I measure my progress. I haven't weighed myself in over a year (maybe two..). It used to be the same thing..
I would get on the scale and instantly feel one of two ways: HAPPY OR DISAPPOINTED.
And that was it. Most likely it was the latter of the two. The scale for me is a just a little tool that measures gravities pull. We used to "check-in" with Weight Watchers when I did it years ago. I did have some success with it, but you're only measuring that one little thing.
When you take away the "certain number" you're going for and start focusing on how you feel, your mindset around weight loss becomes healthier and you get happier. There is no striving for a number.
If the scale works for you, that's cool too! But if you find yourself getting off of it and becoming irritated, mad, sad, anything but happy.. maybe it's time to ditch the scale and move on.
For me I would say the second best way to track your weight loss is measuring yourself with a tape measure. Keeping a weekly/monthly log of where your body is in inches.
All you need is a measuring tape, a notebook, and a pen. You can measure your:
Arms- Circumference of the place halfway between your shoulder and elbow. Both arms!
Waist- Around the smallest part of your waist, slightly above your belly button.
Hips- Circumference of the roundest part of your booty
Thighs- Circumference of the place halfway between your hip crease and knee. Both legs!
Anywhere else- I found a lot of my weight loss was in my stomach area. Feel free to make your own place to measure. Just keep track that it's the same spot every time you measure!
I would recommend doing it every week/two weeks and keeping a log in your fitness journal or phone. Your body needs time to change and see results. :)
3. PROGRESS PHOTOS
So if you're wondering what my favorite and best way to track progress is.... PHOTOS! It may be because I love taking photos in general.. but I've come to love progress photos too.
At the same time every month get into your favorite bathing suit, sports bra & shorts, or underwear. Find a mirror/self timer camera and a place that has nice, even lighting. Bright enough
- Same sports bra/bathing suit/underwear every time (easier to see changes!)
- Same time of day (same lighting)
- Good lighting. Nice and even lighting. Make sure there's no harsh shadows on you.
- Same poses (front, back, side, flex if you want!)
I personally do it on the 1st or 2nd day of a new month. I do them after I workout and shower. This is what works best for me. I try to keep the lighting the same but it isn't always (moving apartments, etc).
Keep in mind these photos are for you.. and it's up to you if you're going to share them.
TIP! If you don't want to share them or keep them on your phone.. I recommend emailing them to yourself with the month and the year. That way you can pull them back up when needed.
What is your favorite way to track your progress? Have something that specifically works well for you?
Let me know in the comments! If you want to read my full 45lb weight loss transformation you can find that here. :)
I hope this helps you! If you have any questions or want to know more please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
Contact me or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will do my best to help you where you are.
Remember... It's what you do every single day that matters more than what you do every once in awhile.
Keep going after your dreams and goals!