The Best Ways To Measure Your Progress

Kenn Kihiu Health Guide
  • "So Where On Earth Am I?"

    In 2005, I found my way to Fort Lauderdale for a friends wedding.  If you recall 2005 was a busy hurricane season and this was right after hurricane Wilma really beat down on Southern Florida.


    As I drove, I noticed huge fallen trees and the obvious destruction of her powerful winds, but I also noticed something else missing, I could not find any road signs.  Very few signs withstood the hurricane and a good number of road signs were blown away.  This was before GPS really hit it big, so if you were not from the area it was a little frustrating finding you way around.

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    That weekend I got to really fully appreciate road signs.  Every time I saw one (and they were few) it said to me, "hey Kenn, you are headed in the right direction" and that gave me a boost of confidence and made me worry a little less.  Then it hit me!  We all need signs in our lives to lets us know we are headed in the right direction, or when it's time to change direction and make a U-turn.


    You Cannot Manage What You Don't Measure

    It's one of my core principles, success comes when you constantly measure your progress and this principle really applies to everything including your health and fitness.  So what signs or measures of progress should you be looking out for and what are the best ways to measure them?


    When it comes to your health and fitness, they most common ways are obviously weight, body fat and the good old tape measure.  However you can also measure everything in your life that is affected by your pursuit of health.  Start journaling today and with a simple scale from 1 - 10 rate other factors such as


    - How deep and restful your sleep was

    - Your level of energy

    - Mental focus and clarity

    - Your motivation to eat healthfully

    - How effective you were when dealing with stress

    - Compliments you received from others


    You certainly can personalize this list by including things that are important to you.  My advice is take time to design it, journal your list every day for at least 30 days and chart your progress, you will be pleasantly surprised at the progress you make.


    Growing up my grandpa always told me that many animals know it's going to rain long before people do.  So how about we tap into your 'animal instincts.' Remember when it comes to progress and changes with your body and especially when it comes to weight loss, you will always feel it before you see it.  The question is, are you going to hang in there?


    Health and Happiness

    Kenn Kihiu

Published On: December 10, 2008

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