KTJ from KTJ Weighing In does a weekly link-up about non-scale victories. Damn, I wish I would have thought of that. The scale isn't the only way to measure success.
I've weighed 139 for the better part of a month now, which is awesome and shitty all at once. It's awesome because that scale once read 216. It's shitty because I want validation that my meal plan is working and that I'm not wasting my time working out. I want to SEE results. The scale seems like the most tangible way to measure that.
But it isn't.
I've had a few non-scale victories this week. One, I just recently really started to notice my muthafuckin' JAWLINE.
My face doesn't melt into my neck anymore. It is clearly a separate entity. There was a time when I thought I was one of those people who just had a double chin. That's just life, I said. You're just a fatty, I said. I was wrong. It turns out eating right and exercising totally gets rid of a double chin. Who knew.
Two, I ran my fastest mile. Calm your tits though, I'm still not fast.
That lasted for exactly one mile and my next one was back up into the 9:30-10 range. My last half marathon I averaged almost 11 minutes/mile though, so FUCK YEAH IMPROVEMENT. Also, remember when I used to not be able to run for one goddamn minute without stopping? Because I sure as shit do, and 8:38 is lookin' mighty fine compared to that.
I'm also really working hard on my abs. Errrday I work on toning those suckers up. Since everybody knows you can't out-train a bad diet, I've been eating especially clean lately too. Well, except for vodka.
You gotta live a little, mkay?
I've noticed a slight difference in my belleh - I'll post before and after pics at the end of the month, along with the godawful workout I can't even fully complete yet.
Celebrate your mini-victories along the way. It makes the journey more fun and the end-goal more reachable.