When you are trying to lose weight, the number on the bathroom scale is often the sole focus of how you measure success. It’s understandable to want to see the results of your hard work but sometimes not seeing the scale budge or seeing it move in the wrong direction can lead to frustration and a sense of defeat. Non-scale victories allow you to celebrate healthy achievements that have nothing to do with weight loss.
Non-scale victories remind you that you are making progress in a variety of areas, not just the number on the scale. While the scale is easy to track and measure, it’s simply only one tool and does not provide an accurate picture of health. Measuring gains in various ways helps you to keep your journey in perspective.
Here are 9 non-scale victories you need to celebrate:
Sleeping more soundly
Being able to fall asleep more easily and waking up less frequently are benefits from a healthier diet and exercising. When you feel more rested, you are also more inclined to make good choices and stick with your healthy habits.
Adjusting your belt
Have you stopped avoiding mirrors and cameras? Wanting to be in front of the camera rather than behind it is a sign you are feeling good about yourself. Feeling more confident in your body translates to feeling more positive in other aspects of your life as well.
Stairs and hills are no biggie
Is your doctor pleased with your health numbers? Better eating habits can help lower your cholesterol and your triglycerides, which have a positive impact on your heart health. Help protect your heart further by reading These Habits Will Improve Your Heart Health.
Better mood and more energy
Are you feeling more positive? A better diet and regular workouts can help relieve stress, boost your endorphins and increase your energy levels. As a result, you’ll feel happier and accomplish more.
Are you noticing muscles in your arms and legs? Getting firmer and increased muscle definition are visible signs of strength and endurance training.
As you continue on your health and fitness journey, pay attention to your form when working out and don’t ignore constant aches and pains. If you are still sore and achy after few days’ rest, come see us for an evaluation.
Are you finding it hard to stick with a weight loss routine? Stay on track with our Easy Tips for Weight Loss.