If you hate your scale, here’s an idea for you: toss it. But not before giving it a good whack first.
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SCRAP YOUR SCALE
3-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Gotta Dance, 1778 Ellsworth Industrial Drive N.W., Atlanta.
The Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders is organizing this event, which is also a fundraiser for Feeding America, a national hunger-relief charity. For more information, go to www.eatingdisorders.cc.
HOW TO GAUGE SUCCESS
You are eating better, exercising more. The number on the scale is not what you hoped it would be. Remember, the number on the scale is not the end-all be-all. Here are some other ways to measure if your healthy lifestyle changes are successful:
- More endurance — even as simple as walking without getting shortness of breath or experiencing pain. Or maybe it’s the aerobics class that used to tire you after 10 minutes but now you can still go strong for the entire 30-minute class.
- Lower cholesterol and smaller waist circumference (which drastically reduces risk for diseases such as cardiovascular and diabetes).
- Inches lost. Your clothes fit better or maybe you can now get into smaller-sized jeans.
- Better diet. Sticking to a new dietary habit (such as eating more fruits and vegetables every day) for an extended period of time.
- Increased energy level and overall sense of well-being. Simply put, you feel better.
SOURCE: Kristen Smith, a registered dietitian for WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services program