Tracking Success: Non-Scale Victories!
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
SparkCoach suggested blogging about using non-weight measurements for success. I thought that was a good topic, because really the scale is just a number. Here's what I want to succeed!
1. Reduce total cholesterol number. I want to drop my cholesterol by 30 points by the end of the year WITHOUT using drugs. (My cholesterol total number is very high, but my doctor is not concerned, because my good cholesterol is extremely high and my ratios are good. But I want to get that total number DOWN)
2. Reduce blood sugar by 5%. (I have made major changes to my diet to reach goals 1 & 2!)
3. Increase hiking distance, elevation gain, and speed. (I made progress on this last year!) My goal is to keep up with my sisters when we go hiking in Yellowstone National Park in late September. I don't want to get left behind to be attacked by bears! Hiking season here starts in March, right now it is very icy and I'm doing a bit of hiking, but we have to use YakTrax or snowshoes.
4. Increase cross country skiing distance and skill level. I'm making some progress here! I feel more confident in going out on longer/harder skis.
5. Increase flexibility and strength. (I'm doing this by yoga and strength training. I have arthritis and both of these actions will help keep me mobile without joint replacement)
6. Stay positive and enthusiastic on my fitness journey. (It drives me nuts when my good friend Linda refers to herself as a "little piggy"; for myself I know I am much more successful if I give myself praise such as: "nice smile!" "You tried something new!" "You're on a streak!" "well that was a mistake, but you corrected it and moved on!")
7. Smaller clothing size. (I'm not one of those who will wait until I reach my final goal weight to buy clothes! I feel more confident when I am wearing flattering clothes that fit my current shape)
8. Each time I fly on an airline, I want the seat belt to be shorter and I want to take up less room in the seat! (I fit in the seat without overflowing into the next seat, and I don't need a seat belt extender, but I like seeing a little more left-over belt each time I fly) Those spaces in our little regional airport planes are narrow!
9. Very shallow of me of course -- but I want to reach a point where I am NOT the fattest person in group photos with my family, or group photos with my friends.
And guess what??? THESE GOALS MEAN MORE TO ME than some ideal weight. The scale really was a short-cut for measuring health and fitness -- I'd rather see success in my ACTUAL health and fitness.