Hey, guys!! How goes your January and all the goals you set out for yourself earlier this month?
I think now that we’re getting to the end of the first month in 2017, it’s a good time to sit back and ask yourself
- have I actually done anything about the goals I set for myself
- how am I tracking progress?
Because as you know – what gets measured, grows. What gets ignored, doesn’t.
I have a really happy example I’d like to share with you from my own results this month.
I came back from Costa Rica bloated, but happy. I have a general rule that while on vaykay I let myself eat and drink with a little more freedom because I know once I’m back in my routine, I’ll settle back into my good habits (80/20, but not perfect). So when my accountability group started earlier this month, my goal was to lose a little of the “fluff” I had gained while traveling. No biggie.
Now, when I’m running these groups, I’m in the trenches with my participants, working out and dialing in my food right along with them. I try to be a good role model and do all the things I’m asking of my participants, like taking measurements, weighing myself and doing progress shots. Well, this month, I didn’t think I had made much progress in my first 3 weeks. Not a big deal, but I have been very diligent with my workouts, so I was hoping for some progress, but when I woke up this morning, the last day of my group, and I weighed myself, I was actually 3lb heavier than when we started.
Honestly, I wasn’t too upset about it because I had been out the night before, ate a ton of carbs, and I was probably just retaining water.
But then I took my progress shot and put it against my first image of the year.
Um, WOW!! I had actually come much farther than I thought I had!
Now granted, I am sporting a nice spray tan in the “after” pic, which always makes you look leaner, but there’s no mistaking that I’ve made progress, even after a night of wining and dining.
I have to say, that seeing these results is such a motivator for me. Now that I’m visually seeing the difference in my shape, I’m inspired to go harder, keep at it and see what the next few weeks will bring.
I share this with you because I know it can be frustrating when you’re not seeing the scale budge, but really, it’s not a great indicator of progress. I urge you to take measurements, progress pics AND jump on the scale once a week. Just like your investment portfolio, performance and results are not linear. It’s two steps forward and 3 steps back sometimes, but over time, the slow and steady progress will win out.
Here’s a simple tracker you can use to manage your progress. You don’t have to do a weekly check in if that feels like too much, but at the very least, do it monthly. Biweekly is even better.
Remember, that what gets measured, grows.
Now go grow!