You look like you’ve been losing weight

I’ve gotten this a lot in the last few months and I never get tired of hearing it. It’s noticeable. The work clothes I bought when I initially dropped 30 lbs are starting to become baggy. The pants I bought that were tight are fitting well. While my weight is not going down as quickly as I like, these other indicators definitely help me to stay motivated because the truth is the scale is a lying liar who lies. 

The truth is that I weight the same as I did last June, but those gray pants that used to be too tight fit perfect. Those black pants that used to fit perfectly are too baggy and that black shirt is starting to look too big too. But the scale is the same. In fact to give you a little more insight, I weigh about 20 lbs more than I did in 2011, but I’m almost a size smaller. I weigh a lot more than I did when I graduated high school, but I’m the same clothing size.

It’s so important in your journey to measure your success in multiple ways. I don’t keep inches (though I probably should) but I do know that I’m getting smaller. I can tell when I look in the mirror. I can tell by the way my clothing fits. I can tell because a lot of people are making comments. I also have measurements of my body fat percentage that I will eventually retest. But if I relied solely on what the scale told me I’d be in a world of disappointment because the truth is, I’m losing inches much faster than I’m losing “weight.”

So if you are just starting your journey or restarting your journey for the 115th time, know that the scale is not always a true indication of what’s really happening. Find other ways to measure your success. May that be measuring inches, getting a body fat scan, taking progress photos, monitoring how far you can run before stopping, how many sit-ups you can do in a minute, how much closer you are to getting that pull up. You never know, these other indicators may be what keeps you going. They may be the thing that stops defeat and makes the 115th attempt the successful attempt. Don’t let the scale make or break you. It’s journey, it has ups and downs and sometimes your progress and hard work are not always obvious. But I promise, if you put in the work you will reap the benefits.

 

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