5 signs you’re succeeding with weight loss even if the scale doesn’t say so

When we decide to lose weight, a crappy little machine wants to make or break us.dreamstime_s_29539634

It’s not much more than a little slab of metal and springs that sits on the floor of our bathrooms. It becomes the most important thing in our lives and the bane of our existence. Everything we do revolves around impressing that gadget and making it respond favorably. Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 6.36.31 AMSometimes it seems as though nothing we do can influence that rotten, useless, piece of scrap metal. We step on it and it flashes a number at us we don’t want to see.

Is it possible to be succeeding at weight loss when the scale says we’re not? Yes. Forget the scale.?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

If you notice any of these 5 things you are not only making progress but it’s the kind of progress that leads to sustained success! Yes, reaching goal and staying there.

1. You’ve become more aware of your eating behaviors. You’re no longer eating mindlessly. You rarely put food in your mouth without thinking about what you’re doing or how it will affect your choices for the rest of the day.dreamstime_s_22756418

2. It’s easy to stop when you feel comfortably full. Your former compulsion to eat until the plate is clean or until you are so stuffed you can’t eat another bite (whichever came first) is gone. You eat slowly, thoughtfully, enjoy each bite, and put down the fork when you notice a comfortable sensation of fullness.

3. There’s been a shift in your food choices. You’re eating more lean sources of protein and whole foods including fruit and vegetables and grains. Foods processed with added fat and sugar represent only a small fraction of your daily/weekly food intake.

4. You feel good and energized. You like to get up and get moving because it feels good, fun even. Your energy affects your mood. You feel happy, strong, optimistic, and powerful.dreamstime_s_35285263

5. You feel less bloated and slimmer (to heck with the scale.) The scale can’t measure how you look and feel. If you find that the scale negates how good you’re feeling weigh yourself just once a month, rather than weekly or daily. If you recognize these signs of success, you will certainly see a nice, downward progression when you step on the scale each month.

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.