You’ve recently ventured on a new weight loss plan. But even with all the things you’re doing right—sacrificing favorite foods and exercising daily—the darn scale is just NOT moving in the direction you want.

Sound familiar?

Short of throwing the scale out the window or hiding in the corner with a bag of chips to feel better, let’s focus on the things that ARE going in the proper direction which are signs that your efforts ARE working.

Here are 10 signs that you’re getting healthier—even if the number reflecting back at you isn’t what you want to see. Don’t throw in the towel just yet.

Linda Stephens, M.S., is an N.A.S.M.-certified personal trainer, nutritionist, and IFBB Pro Athlete. Read more of her work at her website.

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