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Now that we’ve had practice tracking our food throughout the day (you HAVE been tracking your food, right?  Right?) let’s get comfortable with the next step in getting healthier.  Assessing our progress.

Too many people choose to tie their success in a fitness program with a number on a scale.  I don’t want you to do that.  Weight is just one factor in being healthy, and it’s a factor that doesn’t by itself tell you very much.  

You’ve lost 2 pounds.  Does the scale tell you if you’ve lost water, fat or muscle?  No.  Not even a high-tech scale that claims to measure your body fat and hydration is accurate.  (I have one, it has me 4.5% leaner than more accurate body fat measuring techniques).

So I’m suggesting a different method of assessing your progress.  The real-life method: clothes.

Find one item of clothing that fits you close to the body.  Something that shows your shape.  It might be a t-shirt, a dress or a pair of jeans.  Heck it could be a t-shirt AND a pair of jeans.  

Put them on and memorize how it feels.  Where does it bind, where does it want to stretch.  Where does it feel “just right“?  If you can, take photos of yourself today wearing this item.  Front, side and back views if you can.  (It is that hard, but it isn’t that easy either).  

While you‘re at it, photograph one body part you are proud of.  

This item of clothing will be your “check in” outfit.  When you wonder if diet and exercise is working for you, put your outfit on.  Does it fit the same as the last time?  Is it just a little less snug?  Does it hang a bit straighter from your shoulders?  THAT‘S the sign that you‘re succeeding.

I took my own check-in photos this morning.  While I can look great out in public, I still need to lose some adipose fat from my midsection (it’s the most persistant fat), and firm up my abs and lower back.  A tendency to sway back shows its a long-term problem.  

You can check my set of photos on my [Link Removed]  Guess which part of my body I'm proud of!

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