This Week’s RainTask

RainTeam recommends keeping tracking of your progress in multiple ways so that you can hold yourself accountable and stay motivated.  Weighing yourself daily may seem like the best way to monitor your success, but it can easily fool you into thinking that you’re doing better or worse than you actually are.  The human body goes through many weight fluctuations throughout the day, every day, and therefore renders the scale an unreliable marker of progress. Instead, try these tips to keep track:

  • Take measurements - Whether your goal is to maintain your build, to slim down, or to build muscle; taking measurements of different areas of your body can help you quantify your progress towards your individual goals.  Use a measuring tape weekly or monthly to track the circumference of areas such as your chest, waist, hips, biceps, and upper and lower legs. Be sure to write it down for comparison!

  • Take “before” photos - Taking weekly or monthly selfies can help you recognize changes in your body that you might not notice otherwise.  Using the same lighting and similar clothing each time, take photos of yourself from different angles to give yourself a full body comparison.  If you’re having a hard time noticing changes in your bikini body, try wearing tight fitting clothing that will allow you to recognize your progress more easily.

  • Weigh yourself weekly or monthly at the same time of the day - A good time to step on a scale is first thing in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink.  This will give you the most level playing field for weight comparisons. Also, consider removing your clothing and shoes before stepping on. Ensure that your scale is accurate by weighing a dumbbell to see if the numbers on your scale match the numbers on the weight.  You may have heard that muscle weighs more than fat, and that old saying is in fact true. With that in mind, remember that it’s best to use a variety of tools to track your progress.