story by Britney Jones Nutrition Group, Sportclub’s Nutrition Partner
“If I lose ‘X’ pounds, then I can wear my skinny jeans.”
“I’m doing all the right things, but I’m not losing weight!”
Do any of these statements above sound familiar? We get it: Exchanging old habits for new, health-promoting habits is hard.
It’s especially difficult when we feel we aren’t seeing progress! We think it’s time to start looking at different measures of progress and success beyond just the scale.
To keep track of progress outside of the scale, start by focusing on sustainable habits. What is one habit that you can easily do every day (or every week) for a long period of time that will help you reach your goals?
It should be something simple and realistic like making your own breakfast every day, getting in movement three times a week, or going to the grocery store at least once a week. Focus on habits that are sustainable and, more importantly, enjoyable!
Incorporating new habits into your day can be really exciting, especially when you are able to see improvements in your overall health.
Check out 10 examples of healthy non-scale wins below:
- Better mood
- More energized
- Achieving your fitness goals
- Improved sleep
- Everyday tasks (like walking upstairs, house chores, etc.) are easier
- Improved cooking and meal-planning skills
- Clothes are fitting more comfortably
- Higher self-esteem
- Lab markers have improved
- Greater self-awareness
Next time you find yourself discouraged by the number on the scale, try and think about other parts of your life that have made you a healthier version of yourself physically, mentally and socially. The number on the scale is a number — that’s it. It’s your behaviors that define who you are — not the scale.