I’m a person who has a hard time seeing progress or staying motivated unless there is tangible proof that something is working. For me, setting a variety goals and tracking them has been a fun and rewarding way to stay engaged in my journey.
Here is a list of my favorite ways to track everything from inches to pounds to hours of sleep. I also included a few things that make it easier for me to stay on track when the unexpected occurs.
- #1 is the Weight Watchers app. This is the only part of the program I pay for and I am 100% obsessed. The interface is super user friendly and there is a HUGE community of support on the app’s “connect” feature. Users can post questions, motivation for others, recipes, etc. and there is always someone there to cheer you on or give you feedback. It’s been extremely important to me in my journey because it serves as a way to keep me accountable and occupied if I am feeling bored. In addition to the social aspect of it, I also keep a daily tab on my weight and log all of my food there to keep track of my points as well as see a visual chart of lbs I have lost.
- Happy Weight- this app is unique in that it shows the rate you are currently losing, where you will be if you continue losing at that rate, vs. at your goal rate, etc. it also shows you a “daily moving average” of how much you are presumed to weigh if you factor out water weight or extra lbs from a heavy meal. It keeps me realistic about my goals.
- A cloth measuring tape! I use this at least once a week to take measurements that I write down on a calendar. It helps to see an inch or two has been lost even if you don’t lose weight in a week or you gain some muscle.
- My Fitbit Alta! It’s great. It syncs right up with my Weight Watchers app, the Fitbit app, and allows me to participate in challenges against myself, or others. If you allow it, friends can also see how many steps you take so there’s an element of accountability to ensure you aren’t a total couch potato.
- A scale- because duh!
- A food scale and a set of measuring cups- these are so handy. Seriously. Who the heck knows what an oz. of anything looks like? I know I don’t. The guesswork is removed and portion control becomes a breeze. (I got my food scale on amazon for 13$)
- A gym membership. If you can afford it, it’s great for numerous reasons. Since this post is about accountability, it’s super motivating to see the same people at the gym each day or to meet a friend there.
- A nearby butte to hike. On days where I don’t feel like going to the gym at all, I try to plan a hike with friends to ensure I’m still getting exercise.
- A yoga mat & some hand weights. Similarly to the butte, this gives me a 0 excuse mentality for at least doing some yoga or a small home work out when I don’t feel like venturing out.
- A water bottle- I love my hydroflask. My water literally never gets warm, and it keeps me drinking water all day long simply because it’s sitting there.
- Ziplock bags, Tupperware, and a lunch bag (I love the ones by PackIt. You can put them in the freezer and it removes the need for an ice pack). I try to carry around some basic snacks with me at all times so that if the hunger monster hits I’m prepared.
Got any additional tips for motivation or tracking your progress?! Let me know in the comments below.
Bye bye muffin top!