25% BF isn't bad on paper, but it doesn't look good on my frame. Trust me, I'm the one who gets to look at my "before" pictures everyday =)
I don't necessarily have a goal weight in mind. I would like to get back to at least 140 with a lower BF% (17-21%), but if I don't reach that weight, I'm not going to freak out. I really just want to be comfortable in my summer clothes again and not be embarrassed to go out in a bikini. I also want to gain back my athletic stamina since I'm on the backend of an injury that kept me from any physical activity for ~5 months. I was ~140, 22% BF last fall before my injury, but I still wasn't lean with muscle definition because I struggled with my diet. I was exercising 4 days a week doing HIIT.
Also, I'm not expecting any kind of big transformation at this point in the Challenge, but I would like to see at least a little bit of progress to know I'm moving in the right direction. It's always helpful to hear how everyone else's bodies react to the program for some perspective.
And yes, before anyone says it, I know everyone's bodies are different and that they each react differently to the program.
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Hi Amy, I can totally relate to what you are feeling. I have similar stats to you. I am 5 '7 and currently about 155 and 25 percent BF. What has frustrated me the most is that I have done 2 challenges in the past where I lost every week. This time around I have not lost anything..in fact i've gained the past week. I see more definition in my arms but overall I feel like i should see more progress on the scale because I am working so freakin hard !!!! This is a hard process. I do think the program is a fabulous one regardless of whether you are seeing losses on the scale or not. I am going to stick with it and keep being positive and wait for some movement. Please let us know how you are doing !
Hey Amy, I was in the same place. I didn't drop a single pound until Week 6, and in fact I gained 2 pounds between Weeks 2 and 3. Now I am on Week 10 and it's been coming off, albeit slowly (about 1-2lbs/week). I am also 5'6" and started at 161lbs, then went up to 163 by the end of the Week 3. Now I'm around 154. I really want to get below 150 by the end of Week 12. What you are experiencing is definitely NOT unusual, keep at it and you will begin to see changes in your scale weight. In the meantime, focus on what you HAVE accomplished: That shirt/pair of pants that were too tight and now fit great, the higher energy levels, etc. Or just go to the gym and kill it at a work out. You will feel better. Whenever I feel down I put on a pair of jeans that I couldn't wear on Week 1 and it reminds me this is making a difference.
Hey Runnergirl! That's gotta be so frustrating, but at least you lost on your previous challenges and know that it works. Perhaps your body has just plateaud for the time being? I'm sure you will all of a sudden start seeing results :) I am seeing more muscle definition in my upper body which is great and a pair of shorts that wouldn't even button at the beginning of the challenge will now button, but are still tight. My 4 week pictures showed some progress, but that darn scale didn't budge until recently. I am finally down 4 pounds and hope it keeps moving from here on out!
Hey Mwseahorse! How frustrating! It's like, you know if you gain weight, it's more than likely muscle, but still frustrating none-the-less. I saw your transformation pics recently, they were great!!!! I definitely feel better and don't want to stop the program by any means, it's just a little frustrating. But I'm starting to finally lose a little weight which is giving me an extra push of confidence and motivation :)
I just wanted to comment. Also on week 3 and have not lost any weight. I do feel I've lost inches, although I have not measured myself. Others are telling me they see a difference, but honestly I do not.
I told myself not to expect anything until week 8. This way I don't get discouraged. My trainer is going to do my measurements around July 4th, so we'll see then what has changed.
Honestly I will continue the challenge until I get the results I am looking for. So for me, my view is not necessarily 12 weeks, I'm in this until I make it. Even then, I do not plan on stopping my weekly workouts. I have already worked too hard, to go back the way I was. I feel great, I have more energy, I have a better view of myself.
I've read all your comments, and it sounds like we are all sharing very similar stories. So for me that is encouraging, because it says we are normal. The changes will come, just be patient for them.
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