Hey there, Sturdy Women! Welcome back to our community at Losing Weight | Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical. Today, let’s dive into a topic that’s close to my heart – measuring progress beyond just weight. Whether you’re following the keto, Paleo, or RAD diet, incorporating exercise like walking, swimming, or even using a vibration plate, it’s natural to wonder if these strategies are working for you. But hey, let’s not rely solely on that pesky scale, which often misleads us!
Embrace Alternative Metrics for Success
As women, we’ve been conditioned to fixate on that number on the scale as the ultimate measure of success. But here’s the truth: for us, especially those of us dealing with conditions like lipedema or lymphedema, that number can be misleading and demoralizing. So, today, let’s explore alternative strategies that have worked wonders for me. And brace yourself, because I’ll even be sharing my own progress photos later!
Discovering the Power of Not Weighing
When I began my journey with keto, I made a conscious decision not to obsess over my weight. In fact, I didn’t even know my starting weight. I had stopped weighing myself long before embarking on this path. Instead, I focused on how I felt in my body and set out to make positive changes. So, my first tip is to free yourself from the scale’s grasp and invest your energy in other powerful indicators of progress.
Beyond the Scale: Photos and Measurements
Instead of relying solely on the number on the scale, I turned to pictures and measurements to track my transformation. Yes, I know, it can feel daunting to take pictures of yourself, but trust me, it’s a vital tool for truly seeing your progress, especially in those lipedema legs. Remember, it’s essential to feel comfortable, so choose what works for you. By taking pictures and capturing your body’s journey, you’ll witness the changes you may not always see on the scale.
Another effective way to measure progress is by taking measurements with a simple measuring tape. It’s an inexpensive tool that can offer insights similar to changes in your clothing size. Are your clothes fitting more loosely? Well, that’s a great sign of progress! Plus, this method provides tangible data to see how your body is evolving.
Embracing Self-Knowledge: Testing Ketones
For those following keto like me, I highly recommend testing your ketones. A reliable blood glucose and ketone meter, like the affordable Keto Mojo, can help you understand how your body responds to different foods. Over the years, it has allowed me to become attuned to my body’s signals. By measuring blood sugar and ketone levels, you can gauge your state of ketosis and make informed decisions about your diet and exercise routine.
A Word on BMI and Authentic Representation
Before we conclude, I want to address the controversial Body Mass Index (BMI) and shed some light on its limitations. Originally based on data exclusively from white men, BMI fails to accurately represent the diverse population it attempts to assess. Furthermore, it was not designed as an individual diagnostic tool but rather as a measure for broad demographic analysis. So, while BMI can serve as one data point among many, it’s essential to consider it with caution and not let it define your worth or progress.
Witnessing the Journey: Before and After
Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for – my own progress photos. I never thought I would share these, but I hope they inspire you to embark on your own transformative journey. Remember, you can keep your photos private, allowing you to appreciate your progress in the comfort and privacy of your own home. And if you crave more information and support, head over to SturdyWoman.com, where we have a wealth of resources for Sturdy Women like you.
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