Monday, 4 August 2014

Motivational Mondays ~ Progress


I cant believe how amazing and supportive everyone has been on my last Motivational Mondays post, I was left some really lovely comments so It has really spurred me on to keep this series going, so thank you!
Today I want to talk all about keeping progress, I realise that the whole seeing the progress thing can be tough, especially when you have worked your butt off all week in the gym, then hop on the scales at the end of the week and they haven't changed at all. It happens to the best of us, and I have to admit it would make me feel really down ..like what's the point? I'm doing this and obviously not getting anywhere....FALSE!
I am going to show you how you don't have to just measure your progress with the scales, there are other ways that are sure to keep you going without that dis-heartened feeling you may get.

When it comes to that weigh in day and the scales don't change or they are even reading that you've gained a pound or two, don't fret! if you have genuinely been working hard it could be the fact that you have simply just gained muscle. Did you know Muscle weighs a lot more than fat?.

Anything you do towards a healthier you is going to benefit your body in some way, so don't give up.

Here are a few ways of recording your progress other than your basic scales.

Taking Photo's
In my last post here I shown you my before and where I am now picture, I find that taking progress pictures really helped keeping me going the most.
When I first started my journey I took photos of how my body looked in different angles, I then would take a new set every month, and compare.
You don't see much of the change your body is making as its more gradual.. you see yourself every day.
So this is why progress pictures really work; when your feeling down about your progress go back and take a look at your before picture to see how far you have really come, trust me it makes you not want to give up. 
Tip - When you do progress photo's its best to wear the same outfit through out, so you can compare better.

My Diet Doodle Diary & Taking Measurements
I bought the Diet Doodle Diary (as pictured above) a few months back from The Works bookshop for about £3, its a brilliant little book for tracking progress, and its full of lots of motivational quotes and ideas to really help keep you on track.

 
 

inside the book there are parts where you can record your goals, progress, write down all the foods you have eaten and all the exercise you have done daily, I also think it looks pretty cute too!

Inside this note book there are a few sections where you can record your body measurements using a tape measure such as your waist, thighs and arms. I find that this is another very effective way of seeing your progress that don't include the scales.

Body Fat % analyser scales
You can buy these, I got one from Tesco for a bout £30, these are digital scales that show you your weight, body fat% and your body water %. So if your weight reading isn't what you had hoped for than keep an eye on that body fat percentage.
You can also find more accurate ones in Boots stores and some gyms.

Then the most simple and obvious way would be how your clothes are fitting on you, and how you are feeling on the inside, do you feel fitter and healthier than you used to? can you run for longer than before?
All this will show you how well your really doing, keep going as every day you are closer to your target and that "after photo".

Do you ever feel dis-heartened with the scale readings after working so hard? Do you have any progress tips that you swear by? I would love to hear from you.

Thanks For Reading,
Love Zoe x
 

 

11 comments:

  1. Lovely post, I'm going to be keeping an eye out for that Diet Doodles book, it looks so cute! I'm currently in the process of losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle so I totally understand the frustration of working your butt off for a week and not seeing the results on the scales. I think the only way of really getting past that is to not treat the number on the scales like the be-all-and-end-all of your achievements so I love these alternative suggestions. I often find that just noticing that you're having to pull your jeans up every now and again during the day can serve as a great reminder of the positive changes that are happening.

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  2. Aw thanks so much lovely! You should definitely keep an eye out it's well worth 3 pounds. Well good for you, yes it can be frustrating can't it :( that is so true .. Well said, thanks so much ! Yea I never thought of that, it's a great reminder of how far your gone. Thanks so much for your comment xx

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  3. Great post! I love comparing progress pictures, I agree they make a big difference. The BF just ordered some scales with the body fat % on so we're hoping that helps us! Xx

    Kitty | kittyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. That diary is so cute! You're doing an amazing job, you should be so proud of yourself! xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

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  5. Thanks sweetie ! It really helps don't it, aw did he! Is better as I think it's more accurate and you'll be able to track progress more 😉 xx

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  6. It is pretty cute isn't it :) awh thanks so much lovely I appreciate that xx

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  7. How cute is that diary! I've started taking progress pictures now, I lost two stone over a year and because I'd not taken any photos, I never thought I looked any slimmer despite being three sizes smaller haha!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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  8. It is isn't it :) ! Oh wow that's fantastic well done , oh no bless you, it's because to us it's a more gradual thing I guess xx

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  9. :) hello! these are some great tips. I totally know the feeling.... I've been eating REALLY well and exercising more than normal (I'm no gym bunny but have certainly been trying to adapt my life to include more movement!) and was highly irritated to weigh myself recently and see no change. Will have to adopt some of your tips into my daily life so that I can see the changes in some other form until it starts reflecting on the scales!

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  10. Hey, aw thanks very much I'm glad you think so, well that's still great good for you! Well I hope you find it helps it has done me , just going by the scales always used to frustrate me xx

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  11. Its very good tips look like very nice photos great blog posting!
    nebosh | iosh

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