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Human memory is a fickle thing.
Memories are thoughts of the past and often get warped by perception.
Often we forget the hard parts and try to remember only the good.
Just like in parenting, we tend to forget the struggles and remember only the joy.
The same can be true of any journey in life and trying to transform ourselves is no different.
In order to make sure that you acknowledge how far you’ve come you need to have a way to reliably assess your progress.
Learn more about how to reliably assess your progress.
How to reliably assess your progress.
There are two terms that are important when you need to assess your progress.
They are: validity and reliability.
Validity is simply a valid measure of progress that can be compared to others.
And reliability means that the same measurement can be reproduced of time.
Here’s the thing though, unless you are competing or in a scientific study validity doesn’t really matter.
Sure you can compare your numbers to someone else, but does it matter?
Nope, what really matters is the ability to reliably assess your progress.
As long as you’re making progress toward your goals it doesn’t matter what Jane across the street does.Reliability is really the only thing that matters for you to assess your progress. Click To Tweet
So, how exactly do you reliably assess your progress?
I’m so glad you asked. Here are the ways that I recommend that you assess your progress.
Track your weight.
Let’s face facts. The majority of women are fixated on weight.
What I need you to realize is that weight is just a number.
It doesn’t determine your self-worth or if you’re worthy of anything for that matter.
Weight can be a very complex topic with a lot of baggage attached to it.
But, it is a pretty reliable way to assess your progress if your goal is to change your body.
Take into account that if you are weighing yourself that there are many things that will cause your weight to fluctuate.
It’s important to look at the overall picture of which direction your weight is traveling, not each exact measurement.
Take your measurements.
Taking your measurements is a great way to assess your progress.
It’s simple and doesn’t usually come with the baggage that weight does.
If your goal is aesthetic then measuring each body segment and keeping track over time can tell you how you’re doing.
For performance based goals you can measure lots of different variables like weight lifted, reps, volume, time, and distance.
Taking measurements can be as complex or simple as you want it to be.
All that matters is that you measure consistently.
Pictures are extremely helpful.
You know that feeling when someone close to you asks “Have you lost weight?”
And you’re just wondering what they’re seeing that you’re not?
Pictures are how you can reliably and visually assess your progress.
You’ll forget how far you’ve come on your journey because you see yourself everyday.
You miss the little changes.
At least until you see a dreaded photo from a year ago when you were so different.
That’s when you’re able to look back and say “Wow, I really have come a long way.”
How do your clothes fit?
Okay, I’ll admit that I spend the majority of my time in gym clothes, but most of us have to wear something else at some point. (Seriously, if you’re like me go watch this video.)
The important thing to note with this to assess your progress is that it should be items you already own.
Due to the difference in cut by size for each manufacturer, clothes shopping is not a very reliable source for this. (And neither are the above gym clothes.)
If you’re jeans just came out of the dryer and are suddenly loose on you, then you know you’ve made a nice amount of progress.
Journaling your journey.
Stop that, I can see you rolling your eyes. I’m not talking journaling to get in touch with your inner child here. I’m not into that.
But journaling can help you assess your progress, appreciate your journey, and help you spot patterns.
Seriously, a year from now you’re not going to remember how crappy you felt when you first started and old habits can take hold again.
The added benefit here is that you can spot pesky patterns that threaten your success.
Like the fact that every time you have a rough day you crave more sweets.
Or those nice PMS cravings that seemingly hit you out of nowhere. They’re not random and you can learn to manage them by spotting the patterns.
Journaling can help you assess your progress without feeling awkward and hard.
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Validity is great if you’re participating in a study or comparing yourself to others, but what you really need are ways to reliably assess your progress.
You can start with:
- Taking your weight.
- Measuring what matters to you.
- Regularly taking pictures.
- Checking how your clothes fit.
- Journaling about your journey.
It’s not hard to assess your progress, you just need ways that you can measure over an extended period of time for it to be reliable.
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