I think a lot of us can relate to the above image... I know that I do !
Did you know the scale isn't the only indicator of progress? From the perspective of myself, when I have clients who have goals to be more fit, leaner, and "look" good, the scale is the LAST thing I use as my progress indicator.
Many women are caught up on the number. For some reason, we place this number goal in our minds and sometimes that number will not happen. This can be because YOUR body is not designed to be the number your thinking, you built muscles and that weighs more, or maybe you need to give yourself time to adapt and adjust to your new fitness and activity level.
Let me just tell you this, your body is a machine. For real !!! It has the ability to adapt to stress, shape and transform, move you from place to place, yet that pesky number is all you care about! How many of you step on the scale first thing in the morning hoping that you see a number you will be ok with ?? I know I do! And some days I choose not to get on the stupid thing because I don't want to ruin my day. It's called self sabotage and we need to stop this madness.
I have gone through all the ups and downs of weighing myself on a regular basis. All of you know, or now you will know, that I compete in figure competitions. Weighing myself and knowing what my body responds to is important. I can see how leg days make my weight go up, where i am in my cycle ( weight also goes up) and then when I am dehydrated. If you can learn your body that number doesn't drive you crazy !
How should you track progression? Pictures ! Now no one likes feeling vulnerable. But hey sometimes you just need to buck up and get them done. It's a reality check really. You can see your body, see the changes and that will increase your motivation to continue. Your body can change a lot in a week and the scale will say you didn't lose one pound.
So let me ask you this: Would you rather look leaner and weigh more or stay the exact shape you are now and the scale goes down? For many of you, Initially you will say I want the scale to go down, until you see the effects of lean muscle on your body you will quickly re-think that decision!
Some suggestions when taking photos:
-Take them in a bra and shorts or bikini bottoms
-Take them in the same spot with the same lighting
-Take them in the morning when you wake up before you eat.
-Try to be as consistent as possible with posing.
If you are frustrated and don' know what to do next, contact me today for online coaching and I will help you stay accountable and reach your goals!