If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am very heavily data-oriented. I prefer to understand fully what my body is going through in order to optimize the journey.
This graph shows the “bread and butter”, so to speak, of how I visualize my progress and make sure my weight change is on track.
The green line is the goal I’ve set out for myself. This year I started at 264.4lbs and have a goal of reaching 235 by March 15th. That’s effectively 29.4lbs in about 10 weeks.
Some may not like to do this, but I prefer to weigh myself every day and chart the results. As you can see the thicker blue line fluctuates a lot. This is my daily weight. Alongside this I add a linear trend line that shows a more straightforward direction of progress.
In theory, if I am able to keep that trend line below the green goal line, then I’m making progress. If that line shifts above the green one, then I won’t hit my goal when I want to.
One of the main reasons I do this is because weight can be a very misleading metric. You can even see on the graph January 5th was significantly lower than the other points. When this happens as a significantly higher point, it can be upsetting and derail you from your motivation and drive.
There could have been many reasons for that lower weigh-in. It all depends on the food you eat, how much water you drink, when you go to the bathroom in reference to when you weigh in, your level of activity, and many other things.
If you weigh yourself once week, or even once a month, you can accomplish a similar goal. The only issue is if you weight yourself lower than the trend initially and higher than the trend on the second weigh-in then your progress will appear less than it really is.
To many this won’t have too much of an impact on the way they do things, but I encourage you to find what works for you. Ever since I have been starting the day with my workout at 4:30am followed by a brief personal fitness accountability session, I have noticed a huge difference in my motivation as well as results.
Feel free to reach out to me on my contact page with any questions you might have. You can also DM me on Instagram (@jbarkfit).
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