Have you ever dreaded stepping on the scale?
Have you ever done silly things before stepping on the scale? I never used to weigh myself with wet hair. All that water has to weigh something, right? I had a friend who used to go to Weight Watchers and go in the bathroom to remove her bra before weigh in. Many of my best laid plans for weight loss have been destroyed because of the number on the scale. I used to give that number WAY too much power in my life. Now I’m working on using other methods to measure the progress in my quest to eat better and move more.
In the last few months I have lost 10 pounds. I am proud of the 10 pounds, but it looks like I have lost even more than that because I have gained muscle which takes up less room than the same number of pounds of fat. I have also lost inches which makes my clothes fit so much better. A few more inches and I will have to start shopping for new clothes! I am currently facing a plateau but I’m not letting it derail my efforts. As soon as the holidays are over I plan to do the Beachbody Ultimate Reset and then I will start P90X2.
My favorite way to measure my progress is to look at the increase in my fitness level. I wrote in an earlier post that I have lost weight before but I’ve never been fit. My first hint of fitness “wonderfulness” came when I did my second Insanity fit test. The first fit test is the one you do before you start the exercise program. Since I had been a couch potato for many years I was tempted to skip the fit test all together. I’m so glad I did it even though the results were dismal. One of the exercises on the test is called the push up jack. To perform it you do a men’s push up, but when you go down your legs go out like a jumping jack. On the first test I couldn’t even do one. I attempted it, but I was just sure I was going to break my nose. When I did the fit test after two weeks of Insanity, my numbers went up on every exercise. I was able to do 6 of the push up jacks. I was so excited I was doing the happy dance. I had never been able to do men’s push ups before, much less a PUSH UP JACK! This one simple victory became my motivator to commit to exercising regularly – and it happened with just two weeks of consistent effort. I have many other examples of how my fitness has improved, but the push up jack was my initial inspiration.
I would love to hear about you and your fitness journey.