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Tools To emPOWER You – Part I – K.I.S.S.

05 Jun

Food for thought:  How long would it take to fix a car or build a house if wrenches, saws and screwdrivers, now powered, were never invented?  Tools aren’t just for mechanics and carpenters.  Or doctors, lawyers, marketers, business owners, homeowners, parents, students, etc., etc., etc.  By definition a tool is a device used to facilitate work or anything sourced to accomplish a task.

Tools help you determine your end result, establish a plan to get there, and avoid the pitfalls along the way.  Incorporate just a few of these into your health and fitness blueprint, and you’ll swiftly be realizing your goals.

PART 1 – K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S. stands for ‘Keep It Simple Stupid‘.  Please don’t think that this is an insult or that I’m implying that anyone is dumb.  It is simply a simple acronym to remind us all that there are simple tools available to simplify your weight loss and fitness goals, simply.

Scale:  The infamously detested scale can be your friend or foe, scaling up and down within a day, week, month, or year.  The best way to use the scale is to weigh yourself once a week, on the same day of the week, at the same time of the day, in the same place, wearing the same clothes, using the same scale, to measure success.  Albeit, using a scale can inevitably cause discouragement in the most avid health enthusiasts, using it as the one and only tool to weight loss is not ideal.

Recommended: Weight Watchers Bathroom Scale is accurate to the nearest 0.2 pounds.  After inputting your height, age, and gender into the appropriate user number (multiple user settings), the scale also calculates your BMI, Body Fat, Body Water, and Bone Mass.  The instruction manual provides much information on how these are measured and how to attribute the measurements to your weight loss.  Amazon price:  $28.95.

Tape-measure:  The tape-measure is an invaluable tool to use in conjunction with the scale.  Measure your arms, legs, waist and hips, and keep weekly records of this.  It is often found that when the scale won’t budge, the tape measure does.  Even a tenth of an inch is progress!

Recommended: Should you not have a tape measure on hand, go to http://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/pdf/us/sizing/tapeMeasure.pdf to print your own.

How Your Clothes Fit:  This is the best tool to use when evaluating weight loss.  If your clothes feel looser and fit your body better then you’re improving.  Sometimes the scale will just not budge and discouragement seeps in.  It is key to keep note as to how much better your clothes, especially your pants, are feeling to you on your skin.  If the pockets are laying flatter and the effort to get dressed is lesser, then you are definitely making progress.  Keep doing what you’re doing!

You Feel Better:  Ditto on ‘How Your Clothes Fit’.

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