Mid-January is a tough time for a lot of people. In most of the northern hemisphere the weather is dark and grey, holiday bills are starting to roll in, and on top of that, you feel like you’re not making any progress on your weight loss journey. It’s been two weeks! Shouldn’t I have lost at least a few pounds by now?
Not necessarily. It’s only been two weeks, and it’s okay to give yourself time to change habits that you’ve likely had for years. Your body is changing, but the scale might not reflect that just yet. And that’s okay. Rather than becoming frustrated and giving up on your goals and resolutions, here are 5 “non-scale victories” to celebrate right now.
1. You’ve formed a new habit
If you set a goal to lose weight this year, chances are you’re making changes in your life in order to achieve that goal. If you regularly cook at home now, drink more water, or go on a run 3 times a week, that’s something you weren’t doing a few months ago. Celebrate this! You’re changing your habits, and that makes you healthier today than even just a few weeks ago.
2. You have more energy
If you’re noticing that it’s easier to get up in the mornings, and you need one cup of coffee instead of two, that means you have more energy. This is a huge win! Most of us think we want to be “healthier”, when really we just want more energy and the ability to do the things we love. Even if your weight is the same, if you have more energy, you’re able to do and experience more of your life - and that’s priceless.
3. You’re noticing less cravings
If you’re starting to crave healthier foods (hello, kale!), you’re making progress. If you find you can walk by the candy aisle and go straight to the produce section, this is something to celebrate. Your body is recognizing how awesome it feels on real food, and it’s starting to quiet down on those pesky sugar cravings. Keep going with the real food, and the scale is sure to follow.
4. You’re stronger
You’ve likely added some exercise into your health routine, and that means you’re getting stronger. Even after just a few sessions at the gym, you’ll start to notice a difference in your body and your ability. And because you’re working out, you’re now putting on muscle. This means that it’s actually very likely for the scale to stay the same (or even go up), before coming back down. Muscle is denser than fat, so even if you weigh the same, it may be due to more muscle. That means you’re stronger, healthier, and now able to burn fat at a quicker pace. You’ll start noticing the weight loss soon!
5. You just feel better in your body
This is my favourite one. It’s that intangible feeling of being really comfortable in your own skin. You may weigh the same, but you have more confidence, more pep in your step, or even a higher libido! It’s that feeling of being connected to yourself and knowing that even if your health routine isn’t “perfect”, you’re learning to tune into your body and give it what it needs. And that is what’s going to have you living a long and healthy life.
What non-scale victories are you celebrating? I always send my clients a list of their accomplishments so they can see all the changes they’re making, even if the scale is being stubborn. Give it time, and keep going with your goals! If you need guidance on where to start or how to move through barriers that come up on your weight loss journey, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.