If you are on a weight loss journey, then you would be tracking your results more than likely on the scales. I want people to know that yes, scales are an excellent way to keep track but there are so many more tools that we can use. We can use measurements. Keeping track of our centimetres is another great tool to track progress. Measurements such as arms, chest, waist, hips, bum and legs can be taken. Another great tool is progress photos. Watching our body change over the weeks and months is a great motivator to keep pushing towards the final goal. How your clothes fit…are your shirts becoming lose? Have you gone down a notch in your belt? Does that dress now zip all the way up? These are great indications of changes in your body. Are you sleeping better? Do you have more energy during the day? Has your skin cleared up? Are you less congested?
The scales are not the be all and end all. There will be times when you jump onto the scales and you will have put on weight. I want people to know that weight loss is not linear. You will have great weeks and good weeks, followed by not so good weeks and possibly terrible weeks. But just because you have a slip up does not mean you should abandon ship. Its just like getting a flat tyre and then thinking “stuff it” and slicing the other three tyres. You want to look back on the week that was and ask yourself, “what could have been better?” and “what can I do next week different that will get me closer to my goal?”.
Why wait until Monday? Eating healthy doesn’t have to start on Monday’s. Surprisingly it can start on a Tuesday or 3pm on a Friday. It can start straight after your “slip up”. Eating healthy is a lifestyle, not Monday to Friday, then trash the body from Saturday and Sunday and start the process all over again. This is forming bad habits and it is by no means a healthy lifestyle.
We are social beings. I acknowledge this. There will be weddings, weekend BBQ’s, work get togethers, birthdays, holidays, and Christmas parties. But guess what. There is always going to be something. Using an event as an excuse is a shitty way of saying “my goals are not important to me today”. Its how you manage yourself during these events that is going to determine whether you put on weight or continue losing weight. If you are not happy with yourself and have started a weight loss journey, then why consider drinking at that birthday party? This is what you have done in the past that has got you right where you don’t want to be. Unhappy with yourself. You know you can still have fun without drinking? You can still get through the birthday without having some cake. Make your health a priority. Yes sacrifices have to be made, but how bad do you want it?
This brings me to the number 1 reason, in my opinion why people fail on their journey to better health. Consistency. Being consistent with healthy eating. Being consistent with your workouts. If you bring that consistency into your life day in and day out I guarantee you will see results.