Why Do Measurements Count? Because…

“What get’s measured get’s managed.” – Peter Drucker

What does this mean for you?

Well, if you’re wanting to lose weight, gain muscle, get rid of fat, or increase your stamina, you’re going to be a lot more motivated if you can track your progress.

Put another way, if you don’t know that you’re eating foods that are making you gain weight, and you’re not really paying attention, then it can be pretty hard to figure out why you’re not losing weight even if you’re working out more than ever before.

Every boot camp we do Pre and Post-Evaluations, getting numbers like weight, body fat, muscle mass, and circumference of arms, waist, hips, and thighs.

We also do tests like how many push-ups you can do, and how long you can hold a squat or plank at the beginning and end of camp. You can read about the SUCCESS of some of our campers in yesterday’s blog post.

These measurements give you very real feedback.

And when you have feedback, you can act on it!

Measurements show you where you’re improving, and help you identify if something isn’t working. For example, if you’re getting stronger but your body fat and weight aren’t going in the direction you’d like to see them (namely down), you know you need to take a closer look at what you’re eating.

Recording your food is incredibly helpful.

If you can measure not just the calories but what KIND of calories they are (protein, fat, or carbohydrate), then you can figure out why something is or isn’t working.

You can write down what you eat in a journal, or take a picture of each meal. You might not eat a bag of cookies because you don’t want to actually take a photo of it!

In fact, calories aren’t nearly as important as they type of food you eat. But that’s a discussion for another time. For now, let’s just say that even if you have a general idea of what kind of food you’re eating and how much of it you’re putting in your body, that’s going to help.

One of the best motivators is the ‘before’ picture.

You might not want to take it, but avoiding it won’t help. Instead, strip down to your underwear or a bathing suit, take a photo (or even one of each angle; front, side, and back) and put that picture somewhere you’ll see it often. It will serve as a call to action every time you look at it.

If you don’t record what you eat or have a measurement system to help guide you, you’re far more likely to gain weight or get frustrated when you’re not losing as much as you want.

When you keep track of your progress, you can see that each baby steps gets you closer to who you are choosing to become!

Pre-Eval for the next boot camp is tomorrow! Even if you dread scales and counting inches, keeping track of measurements is one of the BEST things you can do to make sure you follow through with your health and fitness goals.

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