Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Time to Break Out the Tape
I am so glad my friend and I had this conversation this past weekend, because it is so important to remember that weight does not tell us the whole truth. In fact, sometimes weight can be a deceptive little thing. When weight goes up, this could be fat gain or it could be muscle, but the scale is not going to be able to let you know which one it is. We see little movement on the scale and naturally get bummed out because we think whatever we are doing is not working. This is why taking measurements is a great way to track your progress.
Other ways to measure the effectiveness of our workout efforts is to note how we feel. Working out and eating well should make us more energetic, happier people. I personally go with the "how are my clothes fitting" as part of my approach to keeping my shape in check. However if your husband has the amazing ability to shrink everything he puts into the dryer, this may not be the right method for you.
Basically, don't let the number on a scale control you. That number is not the only thing that is expected to change when we change our eating and exercise habits, therefore don't let it be the only indicator of success.
Oh, and to my friend who inspired this post...did I mention how great you look? Well, you look fabulous!!! I am so proud of you. Keep it up, girl!