Lesson # 3: Track Your Progress to Get Healthy

One of the most valuable lessons I learned in the Army was the importance of tracking your progress every single day.  I am a big believer in having clear goals, a solid action plan, and then a simple way to track your progress day in and day out.

Before I go into too much detail on how to do this, I should share a story with you.  My wife and I both love professional football. We get excited every Sunday to watch the games, see the hard hits and watch the fierce competition. One of the things I like most about professional football is the stats.

They literally keep stats for everything.  There are stats for tackles, fumbles, throwing yards, rushing yards, sacks and just about EVERY thing you can imagine.  These stats are used as benchmarks.  Players can compare their stats with other people on their team, or in the league, to see how they are performing.  They can also compare stats week to week or season to season.

The stats are what puts everything in perspective.  Players who want to accomplish a certain goal in a season can take their goal, divide it by the number of weeks in the season and then determine what they must do each week to reach their goal.  They can also look at their stats each week and know where they need to make adjustments.  Personally, I find this very interesting.

I think this same thing (keeping stats) applies to anything in life.

Whether you are trying to save money, change your future, or get healthy, you need a way to track your progress.  When it comes to getting healthy or losing weight you want a simple spreadsheet you can update each day.  Personally, I like to use a simple Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet to track my weight loss and health progress.  I have  a few key things that I watch closely every day and I update my spreadsheet every day.

This tracking mechanism lets me know if I am on track each day, or if I am way off.  It allows me to see the ‘details’ of my plan and lets me know if I need to make any adjustments.

If you are trying to get healthier or lose weight yourself, you should have a similar spreadsheet.

Some of the things you can put on your tracking spreadsheet might include:

  • Calories Consumed
  • Glasses of Water Consumed
  • Hours Slept
  • Miles Ran
  • Food Consumed
  • # of Push-Ups Done
  • Or Anything Else!

Once you set your goals, and write them down, you will know what items should go on your tracking sheet.  From that point all you need is enough discipline to update the spreadsheet once a day and you will be good to go.

At first, it might be tough to form new habits and do it every day, but after you do it for a couple weeks, it will get much easier to do.

I use this concept in many areas of my personal life and businesses, not just my health.  If it works for me, I know it will also work for you.  The bottom line is if you don’t track it you won’t know where you stand and you won’t know if you are on pace to reach your goal.

What are your thoughts about tracking your progress to get healthy?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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