If you are attempting to lose weight, but you are not really there yet, what kinds of things can help you persist on your weight-loss path? In other words, how do you keep yourself going so that you will, eventually, get to where you want to be with your weight?
One important factor to help you persist in your effort to lose the weight is to have feedback on your progress. OK, so you are not at your goal weight yet; it stands to reason that if you can take note of your PROGRESS toward that goal, you will be a lot more motivated to keep it up. If you set up a system of effective feedback so you can track your performance in relation to your goal, it gives you a motivational advantage. And the daily or weekly number on the scale is not always a reliable marker of progress. It is good to keep track of your weight, but sometimes the number doesn’t change even though you are doing very powerful things that will ultimately get you there.
Along with weighing yourself, you can pay close attention to your behavior—what are you doing day to day, week to week, that is perhaps changing your relationship to food? We know that changing how you deal with food will surely pay off in pounds lost at some point. You can keep a record of how you are changing in this way, and you may be very surprised to see what tremendous strides you are taking.
An added benefit to keeping track of all you are doing to lose the weight actually helps to keep you focused on goal relevant activities. This cuts down on distractions.
It’s kind of like having a map, showing you the way to get to your weight-loss goal. If you keep looking at the map to see if you are doing what you need to do to get there, you can then shape your actions accordingly. If you are on a road that is getting you closer to your destination, that’s encouraging, and it lets you know you are going in the right direction. If you have taken a road that isn’t getting you closer, and is maybe getting you a little lost, you can alter your route.
It will help you tremendously if you can devise your own methods of evaluating your progress. It is bound to add to your ability to persist, even when the weight-loss goal you set is still in the future.