How do you measure weight loss success?
Is it just a number on the scale? A clothing size?
Does success always have to be measured numerically?
The scientist in me likes empirical measurements and prefers quantitative measures of success to qualitative measures. Why? Because there’s a number associated with it, and that’s something concrete in my mind. I have always liked numerical data, because you can manipulate it in all kinds of ways–do statistical calculations, analyze it and make visual representations from it.
But the realist in me knows that those qualitative measures are the ones that will propel me through the times that the numbers don’t come back the way I’d like them to. So how do I plan to measure my success at losing weight in ways that are not just a number? Here are a few things I’ve thought of: