How to Keep Track of Your Progress and Reading Results
- Possible Pat
- February 21, 2017
When I first began to lose weight, I didn’t notice a big, sudden change in my body, at least not in the way someone would have if they only had 30 lbs to lose. For example, after losing 100 lbs, I didn’t see too much of a change in my body; not in the way that I had thought I would.
Because I needed to lose so much more than the average overweight person, I needed a different way to track my results. Just tracking the visual changes were not working for me.
In this post, you’ll learn how to keep track of your progress by…
> Using a scale and a journal to your advantage
> How your clothes can reveal major changes
> Why the small differences are huge to your results
Keep Track with a Scale and Journal
One way to track your results is to keep a journal of your progress. Whenever I weighed myself, I would write it down, that way I could visually see my progress and how long it was taking me. I could see when I lost weight faster, and when it would take me more time.
I even got to a point where I was weighing myself every day!
Every day I would weigh myself and then write it down. By doing this I could see when what I was doing was not longer working and when I needed to make adjustments.
This was also a way for me to hold myself accountable. Seeing the numbers down on paper really helped to push me forward as I began a competition with myself. I always wanted to do better than I had the day before, or the week before. I wanted to make sure that I lost more and kept up my progress.
Keep Track with Your Clothes
Another way to keep track of your progress is to pay attention to how your clothes fit. You may not notice a big change right away, but you will begin to notice your clothes will start to get looser.
When I lost my first 100 pounds, although I didn’t see the difference I thought I was going to, I noticed that my pants were loose and I had gone down a few sizes. Since I planned on losing more, I didn’t rush out and buy new clothes, but you will notice them feel bigger on you.
Keep Track of the Little Things
As you keep your journal of your actual weight, you should also keep a journal of how you feel and changes that you notice. Keep note as you begin to feel more energized and you no longer feel as sluggish.
Keep note of any achievements you make along the way. For example, keep note of when you are able to get out of bed, rather than having to roll out of bed. Take note of when you can comfortably fit into a booth or bend down to tie your shoes.
When people think of losing weight, they mostly think about the actual pounds and how they look. What happens to you internally, and the small achievements you hit along the way, are often overlooked and not something we immediately think about. But just because these little changes and little achievements seem insignificant, does not mean that they should be minimized or passed over. These too should be celebrated throughout your journey.
Keeping track of the progress you make is very important as it can help keep you accountable when you are tempted to fall off and sabotage all of your hard work and it can help keep you motivated when you are doing well.
No matter how you decide to keep track, the more detailed you are, the better off you will be in the end.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.