I weigh myself almost everyday. This was especially important at the beginning of my weight loss journey. My weight loss trajectory:
I recently came across Amelia Greene’s weight loss presentation below (see video). A former typical college student (eating unhealthy college meal plans), she lost 40lbs over 5 years, mostly by keeping daily track of her weight to see what was working for her; and what lifestyle changes she needed to make. She was losing 0.2 lbs a day (slow progress!) which you typically won’t notice over a short period of time, but keeping track of this made the changes visible, and kept her motivated. Her dad followed suit, and lost weight faster than she did. See, healthy habits do rub off, it really became a family affair! You can easily do your record keeping online, as she describes in the video, no excuses!
The lifestyle changes she made include biking to vegetable market; driving less (rarely now), learning to cook, having a weekly dinner club etc. She also spent more time journaling (a long time hobby of hers), less time watching TV, and less time on AIM. This completely revitalized her – e.g. it made her spend money on things that make her happy (meaning more $ on healthy food 🙂 ).
I identify with a lot of the things she says, things I continually blog about. It is useful to have another success story from someone who underwent a lifestyle change.