It’s been said many ways, but my young son said it best tonight, “Mom, you can’t know how to get where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re starting from.”
This is one of the truisms of weight loss. You need to know your starting point, whether in pounds, inches, heart rate, laps, or anyother measure. And man, can that be scary. It sucks getting on that scale for the first time in a while, seeing the number that is usually larger than you had convinced yourself it could be. It hurts. Maybe you cry a little, or scream.
But here’s the thing. You have to know! Knowing is what will set you free. Because as you start a weight loss program, and as you go through the journey, the steps that get you to your goal are so tiny sometimes you can’t even see them. You need the numbers to tell you what your eyes can’t! When you measure and define your starting point, you can “see” how far you’ve come. “I’m down 5 pounds!” “I’ve lost 2 inches!” “I completed 10 laps!”
These are the positive changes you may not be able to see in yourself. And to get that positive feedback from your own body, you need the data. So, I know its hard, but go right now and get out your scale, or your tape measure, and take some measurements. Write them down, with a date. Then set a reminder for 2 weeks from now, and do it again. If you’ve been working your program, you should see a change in your numbers, even if you don’t see it in the mirror.
The data is your friend in the weight loss journey. Find your starting point, and see how far you can go!