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:
- How well are my clothes fitting me? Are they more loose than before? How are they hanging on my frame? Are they puckering anywhere, or are they baggy?
- How much (or little) are my knees hurting me? Are they wracked with pain? Or is it no problem to get around?
- How much more flexible am I becoming? Can I reach my toes easier?
- How much more loose is my car’s seatbelt becoming? Can I let out a little more slack in it when I put it on?
- Is my triple chin becoming a double chin? Is my double chin becoming a single chin?
- Do my shorter necklaces hang a little lower?
- Can I see my collarbone? Can I feel my ribcage? Can I feel my hip bones? Are my ankles becoming slender?
- Can I say “no” to food enablers that offer me things that I once gladly accepted and ate right there on the spot?
- Can I stay on schedule with my daily vitamin regimen?
- Can I plan social events that do not revolve exclusively around a meal or food?
- Am I trying a variety of foods to get my protein in so that I do not get bored with my food?
What ways to measure success that don’t involve numbers have you found to be helpful for you?