WHAT ARE YOU MEASURING?

Today is my last blog on holiday health, How to Have a Huge Holiday Without Getting Huge.  I believe today’s blog is one of the most important aspects as to why people lose focus and get discouraged when trying to obtain a weight goal (or any goal as far as that goes). Take these thoughts and cater them to your own situation and I feel sure you will get out of a rut and back on the road.

WHAT ARE YOU MEASURING?

My family has watched The Biggest Loser since its first season on television. I believe that unlike most reality shows, it is one of the most realistic programs on today and has had probably what I consider the most positive impact on society of any broadcast on the air. I have had friends who were on the show which gave me some  insight to what goes on behind the scenes and I have seen personally the positive impact the show has had one people.

I am not sure if you have ever noticed, but only a small percentage of the show consists of actually measuring the contestant’s weight. The majority of the time is focused on eating right, competitions and digging into the contestant’s emotions and the reason’s they got to where they are. Have you ever given thought as to what the show would be like if 90 percent was focused on the actual weight loss of each contestant? Just imagine if every few minutes of the workout Jillian and Bob would bring out a big scale into the workout room and tell everyone to line up and get on. After doing a set of pushups, weigh in; Walk up a hill, weigh in. Eat a good meal, weigh in.

While that sounds ridiculous this is exactly what so many people with weight challenges do. They will walk into the gym, weigh in; leave the gym, weigh in; eat a salad, weigh in; take a shower, weigh in; wake-up, weigh in. Day in and day out it is the same cyclic behavior of constantly looking at the scale.

Now what do you think is going to happen to the person who is constantly looking for every ounce to come off? Nothing but discouragement!  If losing weight was that easy, then we probably wouldn’t be on the scales in the first place, so why continue to put ourselves through constant disappointment with something we already know going in isn’t going to change over night? Weight loss is the slowest effect of eating right and working out so why measure something that you will see the least amount of change in? It makes no sense.

Have you ever made a cake? Can you imagine going to the store, purchasing all of the ingredients, bringing them home, and piling them on the counter. With everything laid out you go get your favorite decorative glass cake dish, put it on the table and stare at it for four hours (because you read the recipe that said it takes four hours to make a cake) waiting on a cake to appear. Sounds silly, huh? Again, this is the same philosophy people often take when approaching weight loss.

What do you do when you make a cake? You measure the ingredients that are going to eventually create the end product. 1/2 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 small to medium bananas), 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans, 2 cups sifted cake flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt. You take the time to carefully mix, bake and then, after all is completed, the end result of a beautiful cake is created.

The same is true with you and I if we want to see that ideal end goal (and this applies to a lot more than just weight loss!). Measure the things (ingredients) that are going to create or get you to where you want to be. When we focus on the ingredients we see more immediate results, the measurements are smaller and therefore more obtainable and the mixture keeps us interested.

Below are a few suggestions on ingredients you can measure that will yield quicker and encouraging results yet will get you to where you want to be.

  • Workout Days
    • Did you make it to the gym 4 days this past week? VICTORY! Celebrate!
    • Now set a goal to do it again next week and have another celebration next weekend

 

  • Snacks
    • Are you in the habit of watching television with a bag of chips or Little Debbie’s?
    • Make a goal to go a day without these snacks in your lap. When you do it for a day you will feel like you have overcome a huge challenge that will inspire you to do it another day

 

  • Sets or Exercises within a workout
    • Take it easy when you hit the gym at first. Make a goal to go 15 minutes on the treadmill
    • The next time go 17 minutes, then 20 and so on
    • These small accomplishments will continue to grow and motivate you to keep stretching your goals to new heights

 

  • Buying Food
    • Many people do not have so much of an eating problem but instead they have a buying-problem. We can’t eat what isn’t there, so if we buy the right foods and leave the damaging foods on the shelf at the store there wouldn’t be so much of a problem
    • Look at your shopping list as ingredients. Buy the right things for your desired end-results; measure these things and you will be thrilled at short term success and long-term positive affect

I am sure many of you have other “ingredients” that will help people get  to their goal. Think about things you can do that will get the desired result, but will take the focus off the negatives and put them on the positives. Share your ideas below!

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