10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if the Scale Doesn’t Move

By , SparkPeople Blogger
By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL

Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are!

  1. You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obviously ready for new challenges that you weren’t ready for before you became fitter.

  2. You notice a new pep in your step. Things are becoming easier for you. Gravity isn’t pulling you to the ground as easily, and maybe your mood isn’t either. You have some new resilience.

  3. Your clothes are fitting differently. Maybe your clothes are looser; maybe they are tighter over your growing muscles. Whichever way it is, be sure and take note and dress to impress. Wearing the same old stuff from your closet that no longer fits is discouraging. Wearing better fitting clothes, be they from a store or a friend, will always make you feel and look better.

  4. Your medical test scores are improving. My triglycerides, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and thyroid readings have all changed since I’ve lost weight. Even when I plateau for months at a time (frustrating!), those tests tell me I’m going in the right direction medically.

  5. You start taking that one extra step. Usually the saying is to “Go the extra mile.” I say “Go the extra step.” A mile is a long way, but if you even find yourself having the energy to take that extra step, congratulate yourself. You are building on something. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

  6. You look for ways to make other’s lives easier. If you are looking for ways to pay it forward and make other’s lives easier, then your needs are met. That’s a great sign! According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the basic needs of a human have to be met in order to even consider outer social relationships, such as kindness and love. In my opinion, if you find yourself doing random acts of kindness, be assured you are blessed and well. I don’t think we can afford to forget the connection of mind, body, and spirit as a human whole in wellness.

  7. You feel more positive and energetic. That is a natural by product of getting healthier. The body starts working better and when it does, it releases feel good chemicals in the brain, delivers energy to the cells more efficiently, and you feel better day by day.

  8. Your hair, skin and nails start to look marvelous. As a result of getting the right nutrients into your body, your body will start to look better all over. Not only will you lose/gain weight on a proper nutrition plan, but your hair, skin and nails will start to look lustrous too. Have you ever had someone tell you to take a certain supplement and your nails/hair will grow? Well, they aren’t far off. Nutrients are known to feed the hair and nails, even though they are technically dead. They still come from a living hair follicle and a living nail bed. Skin is very much alive and in need of nutrients. After all, look at how much skin you have.

  9. You look forward to your workout time. This is definitely a good sign. Your body is craving movement and the endorphins it brings. Endorphins are feel-good chemicals released in the brain that bust stress during and after exercise. The more you move the more you will crave moving. This will lead to a healthier cardiovascular system, leaner muscles, a brighter mindset, and weight control.

  10. You crave healthier fare. If you are starting to think a fresh banana sounds better than banana chips, you are well on your way. Is your chocolate getting a bit darker these days? Are you choosing food closer to its natural state or cutting out soda and liking it? Good for you! Progress not perfection! Keep changing the little things and the bigger lifestyle change will come.

As you can see, the scale is not the final decision maker as to whether you are getting healthier on your health plan. YOU are. Look for and celebrate the little things that you find new to your life.

What signs tell YOU that you're healthier?

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SKINNYB150 5/10/2019
sharing this! Report
RYCGIRL 4/24/2019
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DRAGONFLY631 4/8/2019
Thanks for reminding me. Report
ERIN_POSCH 4/4/2019
thank you for sharing Report
My body is telling me that gravity is winning. Everything is heading towards the floor. I droop where I didn't used to droop. Report
Thanks, Beth. You are so encouraging. You've been through so much more than I have. Report
LIDDY09 3/5/2019
Thanks Report
AALLEY2 3/4/2019
Great reminders! Report
4DOGMOM1 3/4/2019
great article Report
1CRAZYDOG 2/4/2019
Indeed, so much more than the scale that adds up to successes. We need to pay attention to that! The scale doesn't tell the whole tale. Report
SPINECCO 1/7/2019
Thanks for sharing. Report
DIANNEMT 12/11/2018
Thank you for sharing what you have learned from your journey! You are such a wonderful role model!! Report
JAMER123 8/30/2018
Interesting article. Thanks for sharing Report
The scale is but one barometer and these ten are actually better reflections of your progress! Report
Very interesting article, I could relate to everything in it. Report
KITTYHAWK1949 6/20/2018
I am feeling less sleepy which might be because I get a little more sleep but I think also because I am eating more fruits and veggies. Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
Thanks for the reminder..sometime I do get discouraged Report
Absolutely great Report
great article Report
Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. - Steve Maraboli ~ 3/14/18 Report
People comment that you are losing weight and looking good.

What is my goal weight? I don't have one. The number on the scale does not define me. My journey is about feeling strong, confident and being healthy. That simply can't be measured by a number! Report
Thank you Report
Great article. I just wished that I could relate to the 10 things. I don't feel "better" or any of that, but I just keep at it. Report
thanks.... Report
Very good article! I knew about the muscles growing but some of the other things I never thought of! Thanks for sharing! Report
Thank you so much needed this article Report
I agree. I've gone through All of these. Can't think of anything else. Funny how you quote Maslow's Hierarchy, Psych 101. But I think there is a spiritual component, for sure. The Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit they say... Report
Great article! Report
Positive article. I now rely on my medical tests, self-measurements, and smaller clothes sizes. Report
Thanks for the reminder...I tend to forget sometimes... Report
Good stuff Report
Great! Report
I just love this blog!!! Report
Glad to be reminded it isn't all about the scales. Report
I really enjoyed this article. Very timely for me! Report
I'm really noticing number 6 a LOT lately. I feel so good and I'm always looking to do small things for others. It's a nice feeling, and I didn't know that the fact I have this sudden urge was related to my recent improved fitness. Really good article, thanks! Report
Great article. It really puts weight loss/fitness in a new light for me. My weight just won't budge but I feel like a different person.I've gone from a total couch potato to over 3.5 miles a day walking in just a little over a month.Not bad for 63 with 100+ pounds to lose. Report
Great article, thanks IndyGirl! Report
Good list to keep in mind.
When I sleep well and want to go outside in spite of bad weather I know I am doing well on feeding my body instead of stuffing it.
I am 76, I know from experience weighing too often can be discouraging. I have been on many, many diets. This time I plan on weighing and measuring my waist once a month, as a way of looking for progress. Good luck to everyone, I hope we all do well. Report
thanks for the insight. Report
Thanks Beth! Sometimes I find myself too caught up in what the scale shows! Report
Great article, and exactly what I needed to see . My Clothes are looser, but the scale hasn't moved. Report
Thank you! I was feeling a bit discouraged and this helped me see I AM making the changes that I want to! Report
For me, it's increased energy much like the article says. Something else I've noticed though is that certain muscles are becoming more defined. Even if the scale doesn't move every single week that I weigh in, I know that I didn't have this kind of muscle definition before I started on this path, and that has to be a good thing!

While my slight acne doesn't seem to be completely clearing up (sis and I think it may be hormonal rather than diet- or environment- or stress-related), my nails aren't as brittle and don't break as easily. Haven't noticed much difference in my hair so we'll see if / how that changes.

And finally, I look slimmer overall. My clothes are fitting differently (size 14 jeans are starting to hang off me), and my tummy isn't as big as it was even just a month ago. My legs look more toned, my bum has a bit more shape, and my arms are starting to look slimmer. It could just be my imagination...me seeing what I want to see. But I'm guessing at least that my clothes won't lie. So whether or not the scale changes this Wednesday at weigh-in, I know some good things are happening! Report
Thanks - I need to remind myself that there are many signs of good health besides a number on a scale. Report
I've been doing Leslie Sansone's walking DVDs for about three weeks now and I'm starting to look forward to exercising. I've never felt that way before and it feels great! Report
Now that I've stepped up my work with weights, I've plateaued and have made very little progress on the scale. My clothes are looser and I can see differences, but the scale is still soooo far from where I'd like it to be. I get my Caliper measurements taken once a month--those show large changes and make me feel much better about all my efforts. Sometimes it's a challenge to "remotivate" every day--but it MUST be done! :) Report