I have long been the not so proud owner of 'the worlds slowest metabilism' and recently when my usual workouts and diet were failing to give me results I decided to wage war on said metabolism and do BFL. So annoyed with the muffin-top that was peering over the top of my jeans (I refuse to buy a bigger size and resign myself to carrying that muffin-top around with me for the rest of my life), I launched myself into the programme with gusto and determination.
The workouts are hard, the eating plan, well to be honest I've found that pretty easy. I'm actually eating more than I ever have before, I used to be one of those gals that would skip brekkie, not have time for lunch and finally crash at around 3:30pm with the shakes and an urgent need for food (yes I now know that this probably why I'm the owner of the words slowest metabolism). I usually look forward to my workouts, as I know that they're getting me closer to my goal and saying adios to that dreaded friend....muffin-top, that is until today. I woke up, having not fully recovered from yesterday's gruelling leg workout, and an action packed evening of dancing (yes, I'm one of the dorks that loves to dance--I do westcoast swing and modern jive), to say that I had lost my sparkle and the spring in my step would be gross understatement. Looking for motivation, I decided to step onto the scales and hopefully see that little needle moving in the right direction. Needless to say it wasn't. My enemy 'the scale' had just told me that I had put on nearly two kilo's in the four weeks I've been on the plan. And, by the way, I know that it takes 6-8 weeks to build lean muscle tissue so I'm not buying into the whole muscle weights more than fat malarkey (it does, but not in this instance).
Shocked, dismayed, and ultimately frustrated.....I sullenly marched myself down to the gym. Upon arrival, one of the trainers applauded me from across the room for coming in.....he's knows of the commitment I have made to myself and the plan, and he could clearly tell that I didn't want to be there this morning. That recognition was enough to get me through another brutal cardio session, that left me lying sparko on the floor at the end in a vain attempt to stretch, but merely gasping like a stranded guppy and a face the color of an over-ripe tomato. With a sense of accomplishment, but still feeling somewhat disheartened by my weight gain, and having to listen to the cacophony of thoughts going through my brain as I pushed myself as hard as I could. I spent the time trying to combat the negative thoughts with positive ones that tell me 'not to go by what the scale says but how you feel', truth is jeans still fit the same, and to 'give it more time and the results will come' -I'm hoping they will, I've always gotten good results from weight training in the past. And lets face, I'm too far in and have put too much sweat and hard work into it to give up now....I have noticed strengh gains (have had to put my weights up twice already) and improvement in cardio fitness, but I want to see the fat loss.....The forums are laden with people who have had great results and saw them really quickly, kudos to you! However, who I want to hear from are those of you who didn't see results straight away, but kept at it and still achieved your goals-and when you started to see them. I am in need of a virtual kick up the backside and some inspiration!!
O sweetie... all I can say is if you don't become a professional dancer you've surely got a calling as a writer. What an amazingly well written and entertaining post! really incredible.
A woman's scale weight can fluctuate by five pounds or more depending on the time of month (water retention). Also, how long have you been on program? You say you are still experiencing soreness so it sounds like you are early on. Our muscles are quite traumatized when we start something like this and yes damaged muscles (soreness) can also result in an amazing amount of water retention and thus weight gain. PLEASE put that scale away! I gave my to my roomate to lock in the trunk of his car.
Who needs that random number generator messing with a wonderful program?
Please, please, please read Mike Harris's Blog regarding changes in women at the link below hopefully this will give you the encouragement your looking for. Hang in there and the changes will come :0)
P.s Love post, your version was really entertaining; great compared to the usual moan.
"The future will be made up of the present. By taking good care of the present, we take good care of the future." Thich Nhat Hanh
I'm almost done with my 7th week and my love handles are still there, smaller, but still there. I still have a gut, and my arms are still a little loose and my chest is still a sad sight. I know how you feel. I look and I get dissappointed. However, keep this in mind...
I'm currently 33. I've been overweight, with the exception of a couple of years, since I was 14. I'm not an athlete, I'm just a normal guy, but I've given myself 17 years to get where I was. I was a sight at nearly 260 lbs. Seventeen years of allowing myself to do not much towards my health. All I've given so far is 7 weeks to get back in shape. I can't expect miracles in 7 weeks.
You, on the other hand, have been dancing and trying your best to shed that weight around the middle, which is admirable. So, you may not have been in the same shape that I was in, but consider how long you've not done BFL and weigh out what you've seen so far. The strength increase and the fitness, those are GREAT changes to see. I'm proud of you for sticking with it!
Brilliant, well crafted mini tome....
Don't feel badly. I'm laid up with a broken big toe that allows for little movement. I am away from the gym nearly a week now. just getting about is excruciating, but I am will get back as soon as I am able, It just might be an 18 week challenge!
you WILL make it, btb, I do not get on scales unless forced to by my GP.... I go by how my clothes fit, I look and how I eel...
I agree with everyone here. Throw that darn scale away. I weigh myself everyday and it is so up and down that I really don't even care about the number. It is about how you are feeling. Do you have more energy, feel better, healthier.
You didn't say what week you were on but please don't give up and give it the whole 12 wks, you will see results. Like the one post said, you didn't put this weight on in 12 wks, so just give your body some time to recoup and glad to see you are just giving up. Stay strong, it will happend!
"If you mind can conceive, you can achieve it
Hi Lana, I see you have arrived at the abyss---your abyss. Mine is of the mind as well. I realize that not seeing the fruits of your labor are very tough but I would like you to keep going and be encouraged that you are not the only one. I did not see outward results until about the 9th week into the program (i am in the 11th week). I however just about gave up in the 4rth week because I was sooo tired and was sure I should be at least feeling the extra, extra energy that everyone else seemed to have everyone that is but me. Like you I came to the forum to get pumped up and to set my resolve (again) and that helped much, I hope it does for you too. Congratulations for getting yourself to the gym, keep it up you will succeed in this challenge I am sure of it.
By the way what does "lying sparko on the floor" mean?
My advice (for what it's worth!) would be to keep working hard and take another hard look at your food journal (or start keeping one if you're not already.) Make sure you're eating good portion sizes (palm and fist,) and eating clean. Make sure you're drinking a lot of water. And hang in there. Results will come, just keep working hard at it!
Best of luck,
Since last July I've lost two pants sizes and NOT A SINGLE SCALE POUND.
Yesterday a friend found me a pair of jeans at a thrift store. Fancy smancy low rise hip hugging flare legged jewels. I looked at the jeans and I thought to myself, "man those are some slim looking jeans". I took them to the restroom here at work and tried them on. Much to my surprise they glided up over my hips, buttoned and zipped with ZERO muffin top.
Have the courage to be patient while your metabolism is reset. It's not the fastest process in the world to accomplish but your slow metabolism will be reset and be flaming before you know it.
You can do this. I'm still plugging along and I'll tell you, getting better with each passing month.
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right ~ Henry Ford
Michelle Simpson ~2009 Body-for-LIFE Champion 46+ Catagory
Firstly a huge THANK YOU to everyone for their support and encouragement!! It was exactly what I needed to boost my waning enthusiasm!! You have restored my faith in the program!! II can’t begin to tell you how relieved I am to discover that I am not the only person to actually put on weight while doing this program--and that the results will come. I am not regarded as one of the most patient people you would ever meet, but that too is something that I’m working on!! Today is my well earned day off before I begin week 5 of the challenge. I cannot begin to describe the relief that I am feeling knowing that the results will come and usually around 8 or 9 weeks (as I understand from your feeback). As I said before, I am in too far to give up….and that wasn’t an option for me, but I was beginning to worry that this would be another diet and exercise program that didn’t work for me. I am, and always have been active, and even before commencing this program was at the gym at least 3 times a week (body pump & bodycombat were a few of my favorite classes) as well as dancing 2-3 nights a week. I have celiac disease, so my diet is and always has been incredibly healthy. I now realize where I had been going wrong….the long periods without eating, coupled with carb rich and low (to non-existent) protein were likely my biggest downfalls. You will be happy to know that as per your advice I have relegated my enemy (the scales) to the garage, which, in this instance is the equivalent to no-man’s land—and are likely to never been seen or heard from again. I am approaching week 5 with a renewed enthusiasm, as I am now 1/3 of the way through the program, and I’ve proven to myself that I if I can make it this far, I can do anything. Thank you again to everyone for their inspiration & support!!
Lana visit www.mikeharris.org and look on the right side of the site for his ladies success journal. Some like to call it the 8 week miracle, I prefer to call it the 8 week payoff for all of your hard work. It's an inspiring read.
Thanks Champster09! Sianmclaren had also mentioned I have a look at that page....you can't imagine my relief to discover I was not the only one to experience that!! So, with renewed enthusiasm I anxiously await my 8 week miracle!! In the meantime I have banished the scale to the garage (likely never to return). I did notice this weekend though that the muffin-top was not quite as prominent as it used to be....so thats something!! I had a chat with a couple of trainers at the gym, and they suggested that because my base level of fitness was pretty good, and up until I started the challenge I had been doing bodypump that my weightgain likely was muscle....either way....I'm feeling good & getting stronger by the day. I'm booked to go on holiday to Vanuatu towards the end of week 11, so will be taking my workout gear with me....and am looking forward to buying that new bikini before I go!!
Hi bananaz!! I am so happy for you!
@ the beggining I gained 3 pounds ( I discover that in about week 4 or 5) but in my 7th week I started losing them. I have lost those, so I am at my beggining weight but now I meassure less :)
I have a gluten allergy...
By the way I am in my 9th week. (of eating) and of completely excersising is my 7th. ( I was excersising but I didn't have weights in my house and my first cardios I did them with dvds) Because I started with BFL for women and reading here in the forum I changed to BFL.
The best for you!
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