Track Your Progress

I cannot stress this enough. Tracking may seem tedious, and the tracking may not always seem to go in the direction you want to see it go, but it’s very important to track ALL of it. The ups and downs, the gains, losses, and forward movement and the setbacks.

Knowledge is power, and the more data you have the more knowledge you have, meaning the more info you have to work with.

When it comes to weight loss, there is no such thing as a steady downward trend on the scale. Depending on how often you weigh yourself this line will most definitely include ups and downs—but it’s the overall trend that matters.

Same goes with calories, fitness goals, and pretty much any other measure of success.

I encourage you to track it all.

Tracking the scale will allow you to see patterns. It will also show you how far you’ve come when you get frustrated and want to throw in the towel.

Tracking calories will also provide an opportunity to see patterns, as well as areas that might need improvement, potential habits and triggers, and more. Tracking calories isn’t about pass or fail. It’s about collecting data so you can trouble shoot if needed…and you will need to at some point, if weight loss is your goal, I can promise you that right now!

Tracking fitness is an incredible motivator when the scale isn’t doing what you want it to do. It’s easy to get caught up in that one number without realizing the improvements to our overall health.

RULE #11 FOR LIVING AN I'MPERFECT LIFE

If you start at 300lbs, get down to 250lbs and have a two month stall (not uncommon at all!) being able to look back and see that at 300lbs it took you 30 minutes to walk a mile and now it only takes you 22, is motivation to keep moving forward!

Progress doesn’t always look like progress. Even when we feel stuck, we still have the choice to keep plugging away, or give up and go back to where we started. If you choose the first option, THAT is progress! Standing still, practicing maintenance, working on healthy habits for the sake of our healthy and happiness rather than just movement on the scale, is worth doing.

Once you get to your ideal weight, this will be mandatory, so don’t look at a plateau as a failure. Look at it as an opportunity to practice living your life. This IS your life, and that mental and emotional progress is just as valuable as the physical progress.

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