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.
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