How To Tell If Your Health and Fitness Plan Is Actually Working

It's not about numbers on the scale
How To Tell If Your Health and Fitness Plan Is Actually Working
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When maintaining a health and fitness plan, motivation is key. That doesn't necessarily mean you need to see your dress size drop - plenty of people embark upon fitness regimens without any intention of losing any weight - but it does mean you need to start feeling better.

If you've been working hard at overhauling your approach to diet and exercise but don't believe like you're necessarily getting anywhere, you can thank health and fitness coach Sarah Duff, who has laid out the best way to tell. Sarah, who posts on Instagram over at @sarahdufflifestyleandfitness, posted her nine-point plan to work out if you're on the right regimen earlier this week.

"The signs of a successful plan and [your] progress is so much more than just a number on a scale or the shrinking of body parts," wrote Sarah. "Your plan should be giving you overall life improvements both physically, mentally which should make your whole life better."

According to the picture detailing the nine tell-tale signs of a successful health and fitness plan, you should:

  1. Feel satisfied after eating
  2. Have increased strength and stamina
  3. Be sleeping better
  4. Make better and more controlled food choices
  5. Feel energised
  6. Feel less anxious
  7. View yourself differently
  8. Feel happier
  9. Not have let it completely take over your life

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9 SIGNSYOU’RE ON THE RIGHT PLAN - Oh hi there my high flying fluff worm As a coach it’s my job to ensure my online clients are all on the best plan for THEM. - To make sure they know that the signs of a successful plan and their progress is so much more than just a number on a scale or the shrinking of body parts. - Your plan should be giving you overall life improvements both physically, mentally which should make your whole life better. - Feelings of negativty and anxiety should be reduced not increased and you should feel empowered and mentally stronger. For a lot of of my online fat loss clients these changes are very often what people notice first. - They may not be the big physical changes people normally use as a mark of success but they are a positive indication of progress and really fricking important. - These changes are things that make you a stronger person and when you feel stronger you can and will achieve more. - Improvements in sleep help your mindset and energy levels. - This helps you to make overall better decisions especially food so chicken over a hot dog, eating more greens, having only one cookie not the packet are all signs of moving in a positive direction. - Having more positive thoughts about your capabilities and just feeling happier are things which catch people by surprise. - It's like the positive fairy has worked some kind of fairy fluff magic and has gifted them with the best thing ever. - Physically if you are finding every day a little bit easier, the stairs feeling like a flat road,shopping feeling like a feather then you know that you’re body is getting gradually fitter and stronger so what you’re doing is working. - Whatever your plan it shouldn’t be causing you any additional life stresses. - You shouldn’t be constantly thinking about or stressing about it. - It should just be part of you living your life building awesome long term healthy habits - In conclusion always look at your plan as something which should be adding positives to your life in a multitude of ways. - Have a mystical magoo day - How's your plan?

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As Sarah pointed out in the caption of her post, the developments you should notice with a successful plan "may not be the big physical changes people normally use as a mark of success, but they are a positive indication of progress and really important.

"These changes are things that make you a stronger person and when you feel stronger you can and will achieve more."

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STOP COMPARING YOU AND YOUR LIFE TO PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA - PEOPLES PICTURES ON INSTAGRAM SHOW YOU WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE - What this gym selfie tells you - That I made it to the gym - That my hair likes the lime light - That these leggings have the potential to give me a big camel hoof if not watched closely (I will explain on my story just in case you don't know that is !) - That I can smile like I'm having the best time ever in front of a loaded bar for a selfie What this gym selfie does not tell you - Whether or not actually I had the "best training session ever" - What's actually going on in my head -If my life is actually all peaches and cream with no stuggles or fails. - If I'm actually happy or sad - Overall it liteally tells you not a lot. - My point? - What you see being posted social media won't always be showing you the truth,the whole truth and nothing else. - Therefore spending time comparing yourself to something which essentially might be totally faux is a waste of time, energy and mental capacity. - You are you so focus on making your life the best it can be and becoming the most awesome version of you. - Happy Friday you truly awesome humans. - Love you lots and lots just like jelly tots

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And she's completely right. Setting strict number-based goals can ultimately end up demotivating you. It's far better to monitor how you're feeling, and to use that as a marker of success instead - because that's what really counts.

Check out more of Sarah's posts over on her Instagram account.

H/T Cosmo UK

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