Self Image & the Bikini Bod Trend
Warm weather is here, so let the bikini bod rants commence (sigh). Women start avoiding mirrors until they see a specific number onÂ their scale and refuse to eat anything but lettuce. We are not sure how the bikini beach body trend went viral, and though media isÂ attempting to hire normal, healthy models to look up to, women are still striving to look like a favorite celebrity at an unhealthy pace.Â This summer, we are going to challenge you: Use these 4 non-scale tips to track progress.
Monitor how a healthy diet and regularÂ exercise affects your energy levels
Not only will you be able to exercise for longer,Â but everyday tasks will also become easier.Â Whether you are mowing or simply walking up theÂ stairs, these movements will come effortlessly.Â Think of all the daily activities you could use moreÂ energy for–grocery shopping, house cleaning,Â playing with your kids, and more. Next goal:Â Training for your first 5K!
Check-in on how you feel emotionally
You have been working hard to reach your goals.Â Hopefully, the hard work will come with a boostÂ in self-esteem, confidence, and happiness. AreÂ you beginning to feel more comfortable in yourÂ own body? Work to build a positive vocabulary toÂ keep yourself motivated.
See results by taking a trip to your closet
Take a pair of pants that fit snugly before you began your new, healthy habits. Are you able to easeÂ into them, when before you had to sit (or lie) downÂ and yank them up your legs? This is a sure sign ofÂ progress toward a leaner you! What about an oldÂ shirt? Is it now a little loose? Look for improvedÂ muscle definition when you look in the mirror.Â There are many everyday indicators that you areÂ firming your muscles, from how your clothes fit toÂ sitting more comfortably in a booth or small chair.
Aside from weight, use other numerical signsÂ of progress
Measuring your body is more reliable than theÂ scale alone. At the beginning of your program,Â measure your waist, arms, neck, and hips. EvenÂ if you are not losing pounds, you very well mayÂ be losing inches all over your body as your figureÂ slims and muscles are being toned. Other numerical indicators include blood pressure, cholesterol,Â heart rate, and body fat percentage.