You ever wonder how you will know that you are moving in the right direction? Sometimes it can be a little frustrating turning your lifestyle around.
Time ticks by and you wonder if what you are doing is really making a difference. I am an impatient person. I hate waiting…I want to see things now!
But, I always remember that small changes equal BIG ones down the road.
Here are 8 signs that what you are doing (even if it does seem small at the time) is truly working:
1. Your Hair, Skin, and Nails
Are you eating more fruits and vegetables? Are you drinking more water? Are you exercising more? Whatever it is you are slowly noticing it when you look in the mirror.
2. Your Clothes
They fit better. Maybe you couldn’t even put a leg in your favorite pair of jeans. Or you couldn’t zip or button your favorite dress. Well, now maybe you can. And if you still can’t you are closer to fitting in it better than you did last week or two months ago.
3. Your Scale
I for one don’t even use a scale anymore. I just judge by my clothes. But, if you do use the scale do you see it going down? If you notice it going up don’t give up so soon. If you started exercising and strength training perhaps you started building some muscle. And muscle weighs more than fat so your scale could be reflecting that.
4. Your Taste in Food
I noticed when my food choices got better my consumption of the “bad” stuff decreased. My taste just changed. I simply didn’t feel like eating the same things anymore. My cravings for fast food and soda drastically went down. I used to drink soda like it was water. Now I can be in the same room as soda and not even touch it. I still crave one every once in a while, but it’s nowhere like it used to be.
Do you notice how you may consume some of your past favorite food a whole lot less?
5. Your Tolerance of Certain Foods
When I do crave my old favorites I find that when I eat them or indulge a little too much I pay for it later. My stomach may feel a little queasy or I just feel plain “blah” if you know what I mean. It’s like my body is slowly rejecting the old stuff and craving more of the better food choices.
6. Your Kids
Are your kids seeing the changes, too? When your kids start talking about elderberry syrup and quinoa you know you’re doing something good.
And when they start asking for the new healthier treats over their usual ones then that’s something to smile about.
7. Your Energy Levels
Do you not feel as tired anymore? Are you falling asleep at your desk less these days? That’s great!
As your eating habits improve and you eat less of the bad sugary stuff your blood sugar levels remain more stable which means you can function a whole lot better without crashing. Also, exercising will increase your energy, too.
8. Your General Health
If you were the type to get a lot of colds or other illnesses maybe now you notice you are getting sick less and less. And perhaps you can’t even remember the last time you were sick for that matter.
Your better food choices and exercise activity are boosting your immunity. Your body is responding better to changes like weather and stress as a result. You are better equipped now to keep any sickness at bay.
What other changes have you seen since you improved your lifestyle?