Is your life ruled by the wrong numbers?
Like pounds on the bathroom scales, clothing size, inches lost, calories, grams of carbs….?
Focusing only on those can get frustrating if they don’t turn out as expected.
Often we have to really force ourselves to be more patient when the scales aren’t moving exactly as we had planned.
After all, your body isn’t a machine and you can’t programme it.
But what you can do is focus on positive numbers which you can be in charge of.
And those can also take you to the goal of eventually losing excess weight.
Here are some positive examples.
1) How often you exercised this week.
If last week you could not bother doing any exercise, then this week’s two or three sessions are a fabulous improvement.
2) The number of times you chose to eat fresh fruit over a sweet biscuit
These simple swaps can really make a difference when you keep saying ‘no’ to sugary treats.
3) Count the total steps you take per day
When I started to add up the total of my daily steps, I realised that I sit for way too long. Since then I keep a much better eye on this and have improved a lot.
4) How many glasses of water you had
In general, we should try to drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water per day for each pound we weigh. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you should drink between 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. Don’t drink too much or else your electrolytes get out of balance and you will not feel too well. You might get headaches and feel fatigued. Plus, may feel hungry because our brain can often send out the wrong signals. Instead of thirst, it sends a hunger signal.
5) How many hours you slept
I’m sure you have read this before: science tells us that by not having enough sleep, our metabolism slows down its fat-burning. And on top of that various hormones go a bit haywire and we end up storing more body fat, and hindering weight loss.
So what positive numbers will you focus on from now on?