If you’ve ever been on a diet, then I’m sure you know what I’m about to say. We’ve all done it. We step on the scale, day after day, waiting for it to change. It’s important to remember that this isn’t a race, it’s a marathon, and it’s one that ‘s measured, not in days or weeks, but in months and years.
True change in body composition takes time. If you’re brand new to this whole getting in shape thing, then you very well may see some major changes in the scale. However, if you’re like me, and you’ve been doing some kind of diet for a while, the scale will probably creep lower slower and slower. Some weeks it won’t even move at all. These are the times when your true willpower and dedication will either show up or leave you high and dry. Here are some of my tips for these times:
- Push on through. This is a tip that my future mother-in-law inspired. Although she says this for anything and everything that comes up in life, I like to apply this to my lifestyle. These are for the times when the scale hasn’t moved in ages, and you feel like there’s no point. Always remember that there is a point. It’s worth it. You’re worth it.
- Stop looking at the scale. This one may seem counter intuitive, but it definitely helps. When I first began my new lifestyle, I weighed myself daily. Sometimes, I even weighed myself multiple times in a day! These changes in the scale usually don’t mean anything. Weight can easily fluctuate between 5 to 10 pounds every day. Instead, I recommend checking the scale maybe once a week. If you can’t do that, try every other day. The scale also can’t show you changes that are happening deep down. It doesn’t show how much muscle you’re gaining, or how much fat you’re actually losing. BMI doesn’t do this either. Your best way to tell if you’re changing is the mirror and your own subjective sense of well-being. Which leads me to…
- Take pictures! I’m sure you’ve all seen them on TV or online. The ever awe inspiring before and after pictures. Well they aren’t just for people you see on a screen. They are very useful to you as well! When I first began, I knew I would want to see how I looked at the beginning. Let me tell you, this was probably my biggest motivator. I would take a picture of myself every week, and I could literally SEE my body changing. I could also tell that my clothes fit better, and I felt better every day. Pictures were definitely one of my biggest motivators when I was in a slump, and I wholeheartedly recommend them.
Well everyone. Here are some of my tips for you on your journey. Remember … think marathon, not sprint!