Everyone defines their success in different ways, I personally like to look at the less obvious things. I'm currently working on my weight loss journey as many of my readers already know, but I find myself struggling with it a lot of the time. I won't deny that, and I want people to truly know that there are more ways to measure success outside of the scale.
I do measure my success by things that matter to me personally. I know that while I'm working on myself I can notice the changes I've been wanting to have. Even though I've only lost a few pounds I can tell that I'm losing fat from my body. I'm able to look in the mirror at myself and feel like I look better. I know that I look better in the simple fact that my clothes are fitting better too.
I bought a pair of size 18 jeans yesterday at +Wal Mart and as much as I love them, they are still slightly tight on me. I'm thinking within the month of March I will be able to fit in to them perfectly. Which while it kind of stinks they don't fit, I'm able to use them as a goal. Fitting into a pair of jeans is a lot more healthy than trying to look at the scale every weigh in and hoping I can make the number go down.
Let's face it, those of us who are struggling with our weight often feel defeated in what the scale says. Even if we say we are fine with it and know that it will change, there will always be a part of us that wants to be that lower number right now.As true as this is, we all have to remember that we will see changes in that number too, but we may notice our body changing first.
I want everyone to stop and think about it for a moment. Do you find yourself looking at the clothes in the department store that you're dying to try on but you're so scared you won't fit in them? Do you think maybe you might weigh too much to do something? Get over those thoughts. They're harmful to your mental and physical health.
Give yourself a pep talk before, during and after a weigh in and MEAN IT. I know it's hard, I struggle with it myself but I am getting better at doing it every time. I choose to be happy with my body even as it progresses, otherwise I'll never love it when I do reach my goals.
Here are my current stats as well as a picture of my body now. My camera on the phone I have right now isn't great, so that's why it's a little grainy. I'll have my digital camera up and running soon hopefully, and then I'll be able to take a clearer shot. Until then!
Picture & Stats
Pant Size: 18/20