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Non-scale victories

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Five other ways to measure weight loss progress

Don’t obsess over the scale. I know, it’s easier said than done. It’s very common for people to set a weight goal when starting a weight loss journey. But the scale should not be the only indicator of your progress as you work toward you goal! There are many other ways to measure 

1. Measurements
Before starting a nutrition plan, consider taking and writing down your initial body measurements. If you are consistent in a calorie deficit, you may see more progress via inches lost than on the scale. You may be surprised that your upper and lower body loses inches at different rates. This is normal! Check out my video on taking measurements. I suggest taking measurements about every two-three months. 

2. The mirror
Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? In my opinion, this is waaaay more important than a number on the scale! It’s hard to quantify a feeling, but when you like the way you look, you typically FEEL better as well. This can pay dividends when it comes to mental wellbeing and positive self esteem.

3. The way your clothes fit
Do you have goal jeans or a dress from high school you’d like to fit into again? Being able to fit into clothing that makes you feel good is a huge win! If the scale has got you down, maybe the opportunity to fit into those skinny jeans again will be a great motivator during your weight loss journey. 

4. How you feel 
Do you have more energy? Are you sleeping better? Are you less bloated? Do you feel like you have better endurance at the gym or can lift heavier? These are some of the amazing byproducts of sustaining a healthy nutrition regime. I don’t know about you, but these benefits are more important to me as I age than an arbitrary number on the scale. 

5. Progress photos
I recommend that all my clients take initial photos. Because we see ourselves every day, it may be hard for us to see the progress others can see. Sometimes looking at side-by-side “before” and “now” photos can be totally shocking. I suggest taking photos about every three months. Take side, back and front photos in underwear or a bathing suit. 

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