Thanks to all of you who offered your support for my decision to hide the scale for a while. Even after just a few days I can tell you that I really like not having that burden hanging over my head. The first two days I had a very intense desire to weigh myself, and I’m so glad I had Stephen hide it so I wouldn’t be able to give in to that desire even if I wanted to! However, I haven’t felt such a pull to the scale the last few days, and it feels great!
For me, the biggest challenge of this no scale experiment is knowing how to measure my progress. From day 1, the scale has been my primary measurement of success, so I am having to revisit what I consider success and progress and find other ways to measure that. So here’s what I’ve come up with:
1. I’m going to take measurements of key body parts and track the inches lost. I took measurements before in my weight loss journey, but I haven’t done them consistently since Charlotte arrived, so I need to get a picture of where I am to see where I need to go. Tonight I’m going to measure my arms, thighs, calves, waist, chest, hips, and neck. I’ll post updates once a month about what progress (or lack thereof) that I’m making.
2. I’m going to set daily goals for myself to meet and track them with a “Healthy Habits Checklist” that I’ve created. I think if I can focus on making good choices day by day, then there is no reason for the weight not to come off! On days when I meet all of my goals, I will give myself a sticker on the calendar. Here is my Healthy Habits Checklist:
- Exercise 5 times a week. The tentative plan is for me to run 3 times a week and do 30 Day Shred the other 2 days, but as long as I move my body 5 times a week, I can check this off.
- Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. I don’t anticipate this being very difficult except on the weekends.
- Eat a minimum of one fruit with breakfast, a fruit and/or veggie with lunch, and a veggie with dinner. I’m terrible about eating veggies, so this is a baby step for me to take to encourage more veggie consumption.
- Consume at least 25 grams of fiber a day. I’m all about the fiber, so I don’t think this will be too difficult.
- Eat no more than 1600 calories a day. I’m not giving myself a minimum target because let’s face it, eating the minimum calorie allowance has never been my problem. 🙂
The healthy habits on my checklist are very basic, and there should be NO REASON why I can’t succeed at meeting those goals each day.
Measurements and my checklist are the two main ways I plan to track my progress. I also will be able to gauge my progress by the way my clothes fit, but I don’t expect to see changes in that area for a while. I think the checklist will help me to focus on living healthy and not use this hiatus from the scale as an excuse to slack off. I do well within defined parameters, so I’m hopeful that these guidelines will lead to a healthier life free from dominion of the scale!
If you were creating a healthy habits checklist, what would be on it?