I mentioned in my last post that my November would be marked by a concerted effort to get my nutrition and fitness in check. So far, so good. I made it to all my intended workouts, stayed on point with my nutrition goals, and then treated myself to a manicure because I deserved it.
And while simply feeling good, and centered, and most like myself is a big part of why I workout and eat healthy, this refocusing is not completely holistically motivated. I’m going on a trip to Mexico in December and ya girl’s trying to look good in a b-suit. (Insert bikini emoji here.)
Tracking your progress on any weight loss or body transformation journey is crucial. If you don’t do it, it’s unlikely that you’ll see it through to the end. Regular check ins serve as benchmarks, motivators, and opportunities to troubleshoot the entire experience. And if you do it incorrectly, you may become discouraged when the number on the scale doesn’t reflect all your hard work.
- Schedule a time each week that you check in. I, for example, wake up a little early before work every Wednesday morning to track my progress.
- Weigh yourself. The scale is not the be-all and end-all for changing your body, but your body weight can be a helpful parameter, depending on your goals. Weigh yourself in the same state every week (i.e. naked first thing in the morning) and remember that fluctuations are very normal based on water weight, hormones, and a change in body composition (i.e. gaining muscle, losing fat).
- Take pictures. Yes, it’s a little awkward to take a timed selfie in your skivvies, but this visual check in is one of the best ways to track progress! I care far more about how I look and feel than what I weigh. (You can opt to take pictures bi-weekly.)
- Measure. I physically measure points of interest on my body– my waist, just below my belly button, and inner thighs. It’s a pretty surefire way to know if what you’re doing is working. (You can opt to measure bi-weekly.)
- Record! Jot this stuff down, otherwise how will you know how you’re doing from week to week? I have a little spreadsheet I created using the Numbers app on my iPhone. I simply type in the date and each parameter I measured that morning.
I realize it sounds a little over the top to be so analytical, but the process only takes about 10 minutes each week and isn’t necessary to do long-term after you reach your goals.
What about you guys? Are you checking in? Does your system look anything like mine?
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