By Claire Kowalchik
Your success at weight loss is not measured by the number on the scale alone but also by many other changes to your figure and the way you feel. So look for these wins along the way to your fitness goals, and celebrate them!
- Your clothing fits more comfortably.
Whether you’ve simply dropped a few pounds or toned and slimmed your figure through regular strength training, you’ll notice that your pants are a little roomier around your hips and your skirts a tad looser around your waist. Even if you haven’t lost any weight, a positive change in body composition—more muscle, less fat—slims your silhouette.
- You feel confident in your swimsuit.
A healthy diet and regular workouts will sculpt your arms, firm your thighs, and flatten your belly, for a poolside or ocean-side figure you’ll be proud to carry.
- You have more stamina.
Next time you climb a flight of stairs or hike a steep trail or play with your kids or grandkids in the backyard, notice how much easier it has become since you’ve been working out regularly. You don’t get as winded as you once did. You’re fitter, and it feels great!
- You have more energy every day.
Remember the days when you’d hit the afternoon slump at the office? Or your take on the weekend warrior was a double feature at the movies rather than doubles on the tennis court? When you drop extra pounds and gain strength and endurance, you have more energy at work, at home and at play.
- You feel happier.
Runners don’t have an exclusive on endorphins. You’ll enjoy them after a Curves workout, too, and you’ll find that, overall, regular physical activity reduces stress, boosts confidence, and improves your mood day to day.
- You sleep better.
Regular exercise is just one of the recommended remedies for women and men who have trouble sleeping—provided you don’t work out right before bed time–and weight loss can help alleviate sleep issues, including sleep apnea. Catching more zzz’s these days? You can thank your commitment to Curves and a healthy diet.
- Your health markers are…healthier.
Even modest amounts of weight loss (as little as 5%) can help lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and/or cholesterol levels that have crept up too high.
- You’ll enjoy more compliments.
You may not initially notice the changes that come with improved fitness. Sometimes it takes the eye of a friend, family member or co-worker. Don’t be surprised to hear someone close to you ask if you’ve lost weight or comment on how good you look. Maybe he or she will remark on how happy you’ve become.
So, as you celebrate every pound down that your weight measures on the scale, be sure to applaud the many other victories you achieve as you continue your journey toward the fit and health woman you want to be.