You've worked so hard...training a minimum of 3 times a week and eating way more vegetables, fruit and even salad!
It's Monday morning and you hop out of bed for the moment of truth. You step on the scales with excitement and anticipation to find out that they've only shifted a pound this week!
Whaaaaaat...you exclaim and slump onto the toilet seat completely dejected !!!! They CAN'T be right...they must be broken!
STOP!....Before you think about undoing all your hard work with a detour to Gregg's on the way to work to get your (pre-exercise regime) skinny latte and Danish! Carry on reading to find out the better ways of tracking your results which will help keep you motivated and propel you towards your goal!
Energy levels - You are not feeling drained all the time and in need of a caffeine hit just to function but have the energy to walk up the stairs in work AND still manage to keep your eyes open past 9pm instead of falling asleep through your favourite Netflix episode!
Sleep - You have been sleeping like a baby over the last few weeks and not even used the snooze button once because you have woken up before your alarm! Instead of the customary tossing and turning because you're too hot, too cold or too stressed!
Clothes feel looser - This is the first sure sign that you are on the right track. Bear in mind that your body is made up of over 60% water and your weight will fluctuate greatly from one day to the next dependant on your hydration and sodium levels or whether you ate pasta for dinner the night before!
Mindset - You're feeling more positive and ready to tackle the world, your confidence levels have increased and your clarity and focus at work has improved. You're more receptive to change and want to learn more.
Fitness - You are able to now get through a 45 minute exercise class without as many rest breaks, are keeping up with the others and are actually starting to enjoy and not endure it!
Remember - The weight didn't creep up all in one go...let's be honest, it came on over time (several weeks, months or even years!) therefore it stands to reason that it will take your body time to adjust to this new healthy lifestyle. Just give it time, consistency is key for the body to realise that it can start burning the fat stores as energy rather than storing them.
On a final note...the old saying of 'a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips' is true with regards to that Danish (and any other pastries, cakes or biscuits!) As they are full of trans fats, the body sees these as dietary villains and will deposit them as far away from the vital organs into the adipose tissue primarily around your hips, tummy or bum.
So keep going, you are doing great...save yourself the money and make yourself some porridge to go along with a black coffee. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day!