It can be very frustrating stepping on the scale every week to find no change, or sometimes even the unwanted change in numbers. Weight loss (or gain) is not the best indicator for how well your fitness journey is going. Many factors go into how much you weigh day to day. So today let’s talk about non-scale successes. Celebrate these changes instead of waiting for the numbers to go up and down.
Starting the journey is the hardest part
Even starting a new fitness and diet program can be tough. It’s scary to try something new; and it’s hard to commit to a serious life change. So celebrate the fact that you are trying!
Clothes are baggy
Last summer those shorts fit perfectly, now they look a little baggy. Yay! That means change is happening, even if you don’t see a lighter weight on the scale.
Completing a 5k
Committing to a race is one thing, but actually completely a 5k (no matter how fast or slow the pace) is incredible! Good job!
Finding a new (active) passion
Maybe you have fallen in love with a spin class or the weight room. Or perhaps you decided to try a dance class to get fit and realized you love to dance. I personally fall in love with hiking and my city every time I go outside to workout.
Lifting heavier weights
You are lifting double the amount of weight you started with… that is progress! That is amazing progress. It does not matter where you start. Maybe you started by lifting one-pound weights. If you are lifting heavier weights now, that is progress and something to smile about!
Making new friends
Fitness can bring people together. Whether you found a friend feeling overwhelmed in the back of a Zumba class or starting chatting to your spot in the weight room – you now have a new buddy to call when you want to do something active.
Tracking your food for 100 days
I love using My Fitness Pal because when you reach a milestone like this they congratulate you and encourage you to keep going. Being consistent is something to celebrate.
Finally being able to do one push-up or pull-up
I challenge all of you to pick one strength movement that challenges you and work your butt off until you are able to do it. A lot of people struggle with push-ups and pull-ups because they require so much strength. But if you work hard, you can complete these tricky exercises and the day you do will be a very exciting one.
One big change you will notice after a few weeks of training is that you are able to breath easier. Exercise is great for not only strengthening and shaping the muscles we see on the outside, but it also makes you healthier and stronger on the inside. How awesome!
Self-confidence is something many, if not all people have struggled with. I am not saying that exercise and dieting will always leaving you feeling secure… but every once in a while you will see yourself mid-workout, all sweaty, with a good pump going, and you will feel like you are hot stuff. The more you workout, the more you will feel this.