Ditch the scales and celebrate these amazing achievements instead
Focus on these celebration-worthy wins instead
Exercise Physiologist, Wellness Coach and Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, Bell Silverthorne shares other achievements (beyond what’s on the scales) you should celebrate during your weight loss journey.
Numbers. How can everyday things seem to evoke so much emotion about self-worth when they flash up on the scales? While it’s tempting to focus only on the scales when you’re trying to lose weight, I challenge you to broaden your horizons! Let’s reset your brain from thinking what you’ve sacrificed, and instead think of all the wonderful highlights you will experience from changing your body shape.
1. Celebrate consistency
While of course, you can give yourself a big pat on the back for that one-off park run you attempted six months ago, you feel better within your bones when you do things consistently. There’s a certain amount of satisfaction you have about chipping away and doing something just about every day or week. Think of how that reflection will feel “actually I have walked at least four afternoons a week for the past month” or “I have stuck to my two alcoholic drinks on weekends only for the past 3 months”. Whether you feel a sense of satisfaction, achievement or let’s be honest an element of smugness – it’s a really positive feeling to have and focus on. Having little behaviour based goals really helps you be more conscious of celebrating consistency.
2. Love having more energy
The phrase “I have more energy” gets bandied around all the time when it comes to people bettering their health, but what does that actually mean? It could mean;
- Not having the URGH feeling when your alarm goes off, even if you have slept long enough
- Not thinking twice about doing everyday things like “should I put a load of washing on” as it seems like a lot of effort
- Not feeling as out of breath from climbing the stairs to get into the office
- Not reaching for a soft drink or sugary treat to “get you through” the afternoon
- Feeling like you have the emotional energy to deal with tricky life situations
My take on having more energy is having a better ability to make life a bit easier and more enjoyable as it takes out the perceived difficulty factor, regardless of the task at hand.
3. Better sleep
When your body is healthier, chances are you’ll sleep better too. You might notice you’re sleeping more soundly or able to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep, particularly if you’re burning some energy through the day through walking or any other exercise. Many people snore less, are less reliant on sleeping aids and feel more rested in the morning when their body goes from a larger size to becoming leaner. Better sleep is also about having a pretty consistent sleep schedule too, so while it’s tempting to stay up and watch one more episode of Tiger King, do your body a favour and switch it off and hit the hay the same time every night.
4. Feeling good in your clothes
How do you feel in your clothes? Do they seem to fit more comfortably now, or seem more flattering, or even a bit loose? A change in your body composition can sometimes happen without a shift in the scales. Sometimes looking at an old photo in the same outfit can really help you compare the feelings/look as well.
5. Feeling more mobile
We get used to the body we’re in. When it changes for the better and makes it easier to do things, it’s a great feeling. If you used to struggle to bend down and tie up your shoelaces when you were sitting on the edge of the bed – but now you’re finding it easier, go you! Getting in and out of the car more easily thanks to a change in body shape? How fantastic! Do you feel like your body can achieve more now in terms of endurance or strength? You are KILLING it! These every day, little experiences are a great yardstick that you are tracking really well.
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Bell Silverthorne is an exercise physiologist, wellness coach and lifestyle medicine practitioner with a passion for every day Australians to be that little bit healthier. Whether it’s sleeping better, exercising more, eating more fruit and veggies each day or doing your best to maintain a good headspace. Bell is a massive advocate of lifestyle medicine – harnessing your everyday lifestyle habits to help prevent, manage or even reverse chronic disease.