Take a moment to congratulate yourself — you’re doing a great job, and you’ve already made it to your first check-in! Time flies, right?
It’s time for your weigh-in and measurements (or however else you're tracking your progress). If you haven’t yet taken your "before" photos, now would be a great time to get it done. Don’t deprive yourself of the satisfaction you’ll feel looking back at those photos, knowing how far you’ve come.
Maybe you’re nervous to step on the scale. Do it anyway. You’ve started this journey, and you’ve already hit a milestone. Don’t dwell on the numbers on the scale or the tape measure, though. Instead, focus on how much better you already feel.
How to Measure Your Progress
Tracking your progress is essential to your success, and you have amazing tools that make it quick and easy. Track and get a complete overview of your nutrition. Track more than just your weight, because it's all a part of your total transformation. Here are some ideas of what to track:
- Your weight (obvious, yes, but it's a main goal for a lot of people)
- Your body-fat percentage
- Your BMI
- Your body measurements
- How your clothes fit
- How much water you drink each day
- The macros you consume every day
- How much you can lift (either in one rep or over a set number of reps)
- Your mood or another aspect of your mental health
And here are some tools to help you quantify your health and fitness journey:
- MyPlate Calorie Tracking App: Track your food and water intake and see a graph of how your weight changes over time.
- LIVESTRONG.COM's BMI Calculator: Enter your gender, age, height and weight and find out your BMI in seconds.
- Tips for Taking Body Measurements: Here's a quick, easy video to show you exactly what measurements to take and how.
- How to Take Your Before Photos: Watch Frankie and Sam from the STRONGER series show you the best way to take your "before" photos.
- Journal: Yep, a good, old-fashioned paper journal (or app if you prefer) can help you track so many things, including how you're feeling physically and mentally (because the scale can't tell you that.)
- Or find an another alternative tracking method that works best for you!
Why the Scale Isn't Enough
But don’t let the numbers define you. Instead, let them inspire you to continue your journey and work toward your goals! And certainly don't beat yourself up if your weight bumps up one week. There are plenty of reasons for this, including:
That's why recording a variety of stats each week is important. You are not your weight. It's not the be-all-end-all of your healthy living journey. Sure, it's nice when the number on the scale drops, but there's so much more to life than your BMI.
How do you feel? Do you have more energy? Feeling stronger? That's great! Focus on that, and the weight may follow. And if it doesn't, chances are that you may not even mind at that point.
Empower Yourself on Your Fitness Journey
Whatever your goal is — losing weight, building muscle, feeling confident — we want to help you get there! So here are more resources to help you track your progress.