Picture of Progress

Thank you guys for putting up with me and my whining lately about scale frustrations, Biggest Loser delusions and pitting edema frustrations. I watched the video from last night with me ranting about The Biggest Loser and felt foolish doing so. In the end, sometimes I need to hear myself say things out loud in order to get over them. Saying affirmations or repeating quotes I’ve found soothing often helps me. These are the ones I was repeating today:

  • The scale does not have power over me. I choose to power my body and fuel it with powerful things.
  • I am running my own race. Everyone else’s race is irrelevant.
  • “It does not matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop” – Confucious

When I was at the gym this morning, I had my phone with me inside. I normally don’t take it in, but out of habit of taking it everywhere, I lugged it inside with me. It was a low intensity day, which means about 60 minutes of me going at a fairly slow pace, keeping my heart rate low. When I first started with Trainer Rob, I lamented that it was SO.BORING. because it was so slow. My heart wasn’t conditioned, so it couldn’t handle going faster than a turtle crawl at zero incline. Today, I noticed something different with my body. I snapped a picture with my phone, and compared it with this picture that I posted a few weeks back.

Left: June 10, 2010 | Right: July 1, 2010

Do you see that?! This is my picture of progress. Not feet on my scale, but my heart and body being more fit. Proof is in the picture! To keep my heart rate at 134 before, I had to go at 2.0 speed with 0 incline. Now? 2.7 speed with 2.5 incline! This progress happened in a matter of exactly 3 weeks. Nuts.

This picture is going in my purse, in my car, and on my refrigerator. I am making progress. True, identifiable progress. I am proud.

How are you keeping your head “in the game” when things at first glance don’t seem to be going perfectly? Do you tell yourself affirmations? Have you looked for other proof that you are achieving success?

  • http://projectlittleblackdress.blogspot.com/ Liza

    That is awesome progress, good for you!!!

  • Schelinski

    OMG! That's awesome! Keep it up!

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  • jackie

    you're doing so great! absolutely love keeping up with you! i actually work in the cafe at the gym…stop by after your workout and grab something! keep up the hard work girl!

  • http://twitter.com/gregstransform Greg Takacs

    Seeing improvements in one's physical ability is always impressive! It's truly amazing how quickly our bodies can adapt. Back in January I was dying just running 2 miles at 9 minute/mile pace. Two weeks ago I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) at under 7 minute/mile pace.

  • debbidoesdinnerhealthy

    Isn't it awesome to see the progression with the exercise!! Good for you! Funny, I am a great motivator with others and even my kids who are training for a 5K but I STINK at doing it myself!

  • Sarah7500

    I am so impressed. Really. I'm going to keep track of my progress the same way, because I'm discouraged by my scale right now too.

  • Maggie

    This is AMAZING. It made me tear up a bit. I feel so proud for you.

  • http://www.anonymousfatgirl.com anonfatgirl

    WTG girl! You are doing this! Keep up the great work!

  • beka

    I remember when walking at 2.0 had me sweating, breathing hard, & thinking I was going to pass out. Love seeing your progress. Thanks for sharing with us! We're cheering along with you!

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  • http://jessicaisgettingfit.blogspot.com Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit

    Awww YAY! That makes me happy!

  • Katy

    What an awesome photo! Way to go!

  • Brittany

    I'm so happy for you!

  • http://www.fatgirlsguidetoliving.com Tee @ fatgirlsguide


    To answer your question, yes, I definitely look for other signs of progress, and have noticed I get more excited about those metrics now than whatever the scale says. That's partly because I've experienced the flip side, too: the scale showing I've lost a little weight, but I hadn't been pushing very hard for awhile so had lost some muscle mass and wasn't feeling as good/strong in general.

  • Dawn

    Awesome progress!

  • http://twitter.com/dangerouslilly Dangerous Lilly

    Good for you! I'm on week 4, closing it out. The first two weeks went well on the scale but now…..nothing or next to nothing. Since I'm not doing the gym thing I have nothing like that to track. I did manage 20 minutes today and the speed of “TikTok” lol. (it's a band geek thing….I walk more consistently-paced with music, and i MUST walk to the beat of it. simply cannot listen to music if I can't match the beat).

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