The scale. One of the best measures of progress, yet also a huge deterrent in our self esteem and body image. I am NOT one for telling all people to throw away the scale, however, for many of us it can discourage our efforts in achieving our fitness goals (weight loss/weight gain). It is in our nature to narrow our perspective on our goal weight. So often we look for the instant gratification of a 1lb lost or 2 lbs gained. Yet we forget that there are so many other (BETTER) measures to prove our progress. Have your measurements changed? Are your clothes fitting differently? Have you increased muscle density? Have you decreased bodyfat? Have you increased your endurance? Are you able to lift more weight or the same weight for more reps? DO YOU FEEL BETTER?? Have you eliminated unhealthy habits?
The list goes on and on. But the bottom line is we need to stop fixating on one small measure. We need to open our eyes and realize that each and every small measure is a testament to your journey. I mean shit, start giving yourself some credit! You are working on it, and you will continue to do so. Celebrate the small achievements now, and your rewards will continue to come