When people come to me for help losing weight I usually tell them not to check the scale too often. I believe that it is far better to focus on the positive changes that can happen when you get in shape and eat right rather than the negative thinking around losing weight and dieting. If you have an otherwise healthy diet than getting off track once in awhile with a piece of cake or some French fries won’t necessarily reflect itself on the scale as long as you maintain healthy eating the majority of the time.
The focus should be on making sure you get consistent exercise week to week. Looking good on the outside comes from being determined on the inside. A really great tool to keep you on track and motivated day to day is to create a vision board. Find pictures of strong, healthy and happy people (fitness magazines and Pinterest are great for this) Add some motivational quotes that speak to you and make sure to include a picture of yourself when you are feeling at your best. Put it in a prominent spot where you will see it everyday. Update it whenever you feel the urge.
There will no doubt be times when things will derail your workout plans whether it’s a cold virus knocking you out, spending too many overtime hours at work or overindulging at a party. The important thing is to not beat yourself up. Keep your eye on the ultimate goal of being that healthy person you want to be and get at it again when you can. The healthier you are the better you will be able to handle all the crazy things life throws at you.
So instead of looking to the scale for validation of how your doing, pay attention to how you are feeling mentally and physically. That is the best indication of whether the changes you are making are working. Nourish your mind, body and soul and the benefits will become apparent to you and everyone around you.
My Vision Board