Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tracking Progress

What I do you to track progress:
Measuring tape:
I measure my biceps, quads , waist and hip. Currently my goal is to get defined arms , maintain my waist measurement and get bigger glutes and legs. I track my progress by measuring around those areas. You can find out that you lost an inch on your waist and hips but didn't lose weight. That' why I think this is important, because there are certain differences you can't see on the scale.

Progress Pictures:
I take a ton of pictures. I make sure they are in the same place and same pose. You may not notice the difference as you are taking them but when you look back you can compare and see results. These are some of the ones I have taken.
 Glutes : Left to Right : Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
 Biceps: Up and down: Aug and Oct.

Why I don't follow the scale:
I am about 5'0 my weight ranges from 117-122. This depends on how much water I am carrying. Many people my height usually weigh about 10lbs lighter and in many online weight vs. height charts I am a "large frame". I also get a very surprised look from most people when I tell them I weigh 120lbs , they usually think I weigh less , I just tell them I am dense lol. For this reason I really don't worry about what the scale says. I know what I healthy body weight is for me and the goals I am trying to achieve so as long as I am about that range I am happy.  I also lift really heavy and have an athletic frame , therefore carrying more muscle. So don't be sad when you get on the scale :)

** muscle doesn't weigh more than fat 5lbs of muscle = 5lbs of fat but the volume is completely different.

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