|I saw this on the web and think it illustrates|
my idea of the long approach really well.
This long approach is not an excuse to go easy or get complacent. It takes a lot of dedication, honest sustained effort, and the drive to keep moving towards your goal over long periods of time without giving up or backsliding. Naturally, this approach is a less scale conscious approach. I could write for hours about how much I hate to see people obsess over numbers on the scale when they are trying to lose weight. Yes, those numbers are important and seeing results on the scale is important, but the scale is the lease effective way to measure the progress of your health. The scales do little more than offer frustrations and false hopes to people. Personally, I weigh in sporadically at best, and mainly do it as a means of confirming something that I already know. If my jeans are more loose than normal and running times are beginning to improve, I'll go to the scales for confirmation that I am losing weight. Conversely, if I feel like I am not progressing and need to change my routine, I'll go to the scales to see if my progress has stagnated or reversed.
|The scales don't have the answer.|