Weight Loss: More than Numbers on the Scale
Friday, November 30, 2012
The scale can provide important information, but it’s not the only information to pay attention to. It's also important to pay attention to changes in how you feel. Even making small lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier, exercising more, getting more (and better) sleep, and reducing your stress, can give you more energy and help you stay motivated to live a healthier life.
Think about the scale as only one piece of information. If you don’t see a change in your weight, you might try stepping up how hard or how often you work out. Or, you might jump start your efforts by trying out new healthier versions of your favorite foods and recipes. Either way, don’t let the scale take the wind out of your sails.
Before you step on the scale, ask yourself if the lifestyle changes you made in the past week —maybe eating healthier, exercising more, getting more sleep, or reducing your stress— have made you feel better. Or think about how these changes were not quite as difficult this week as they were last week. Even if the scale doesn’t move as much as you might like it to, celebrate the ways you are doing your body good!