We have received a lot of messages from different challengers asking how we track our progress and measure our successes. This is such a great question and the way people track their progress varies from person to person. There are so many different great methods you can use. So pick your poison.
The first step and the most important thing to do, if you haven’t already, is to create some goals! What are you looking to do? Lose a certain amount of weight? Gain a whole bunch of muscle? Fit in to those pants you wore back in college? Run a marathon? etc. This is such an important part of the process because with goals you have something to work towards. Also, you will alter your day-to-day workouts and meal plans based on the results you’re looking for.
A great way to track progress, the one that we at Workitout100 prefer over any other is…Progress Pictures! Taking a picture at the beginning of your journey to document where you started is KEY. Then from there, decide a certain time you plan to take follow up pictures. I (Amanda) take pictures every Sunday morning. I love to track it weekly, so that in the end, I have a whole set of pictures that I can compare and see how I progressed along the way. I (Laura) take pictures the 1st of every month.
How you feel day in and day out is a GREAT way to track your progress. Do you have more energy? Are you more happy and excited to take on the day? Well, that right there is a sure sign that you’re making progress and that you’re doing something right.
The scale is another way to track progress. Although this is a great tool, it can be discouraging. Don’t get us wrong, we weigh ourselves from time to time but we try not to do it too often. I mean, after all, it is just a number- right? Say you’re eating really healthy, getting your cardio in everyday and doing a good amount of weight lifting and you go to weigh yourself and you’re at the same amount or more than you were the day or week before. How discouraging, right? When you’re lifting weights especially, and gaining muscle…your number on the scale could be higher because we all know muscle weighs more than fat. So we encourage you to choose certain mile stones to weigh yourself- maybe you weigh your self on day 25 and then on day 50.
HOW DO YOU TRACK YOUR PROGRESS?? We would love to hear! 🙂
Another important thing to be doing is keeping some kind of log about what you are doing everyday and what day you are on. Of course many of us check in daily with a post on Instagram or Facebook which is AWESOME! I (Laura) write down every day what I did and how far I ran on my Runners World calendar that I have, and I also have two mason jars with 50 marbles in it. I move one marble a day to the other jar, once I got to day 50 the marbles had all transferred jars and are now on their way back! 🙂 I love the fact that it is like a little reward to get to move one marble over– its like when we were kids and would get a gold star for doing something good! LOL
Continue spreading the word about #workitout100! The amount of challengers we continue to get each day is AMAZING! We want it to keep growing!
-L & A