No 8 week miracle

  • Hi everyone! 

    My husband and I did Body for Life several years ago and had drastic, jaw-dropping transformations.  Total strangers would stop husband lost 75 lbs, and I lost 22 lbs.  So, we know how amazing it is and how to do it.

    Fast forward.  We are now at the end of week 8.  I teeter between having lost 3-5 lbs., and my husband has lost 35.  I don't know what is going on!!!  I have not lost any significant inches, and I know not to pay attention to the scale...but this is ridiculous!!!  I am not cheating when I'm not supposed to, I am eating the right meals, am exercising and hitting HIITs. 

    Any insight?



  • kimlegacyh,

    The miracle does not happen in week 8 for everyone. I had only lost 7# in week 10. If you follow the plan you will get results. The changes are internal first, and a lot of factors go into how and when we lose. You tend to have more noticeable results in the end, maybe even as late as week 12. If you've worked hard this long, it's no time to give up! Keep on trucking, you'll be glad you did. I've copied one of my favorite articles on the subject. Also search for the ladies success document, if you haven't read that already

    Here's a little inspiration for those of you who are worried about not seeing any changes in your body so far.

    Let's assume you go out and buy two rolls of paper towels, each with only 84 paper towels on it (one for each day of the challenge).

    You put one aside, and keep it for future reference (your "before" picture).

    The other one represents you (I'll call your paper towel you "Ed"). The core represents the lean Ed. The towels represent the fat that is covering the lean Ed. For sake of argument, let's say that Ed wants to lose 21 pounds of fat, so (84/21) each sheet represents a quarter-pound of fat lost. Let's also assume that Ed loses his fat equally during each day of the challenge.

    Each day during the first week, you tear a sheet off of Ed, representing the fat he has lost for the day. Next, you put Ed next to the full roll ("Big Al") for comparison. No noticeable difference!!! Even at the end of the week! This can't be working for me!

    But, being a good Ed, you continue to follow Body-for-LIFE. At the end of weeks two and three, you continue to compare Ed to Big Al, and still notice very little difference. That stinkin' Bill Phillips MUST be a liar!

    But Ed is determined! He works hard! Hitting his 10's...eating his 6 daily meals. Three more weeks go by, the sheets peeling off day after day, before Ed gets up the courage to stand next to Big Al again. Holy Myoplex! Ed is skinny! OK, not skinny, but less huge!!!

    By the end of the 12-week Body-for-LIFE program, Ed is down to his lean dream, or somewhere near it. Ed is happy. We are happy. Big Al - well he's not so happy.

    The lesson to be learned is that fat, like paper towels, comes off in sheets. When you are heavy, you are big around. And when you are big around, that fat is spread over a MUCH larger area - just like that outside towel sheet. The closer you get to the lean you, the more each lost pound of fat shows, because it is spread over a smaller area.

    While the outside sheet may only cover 1 layer of the roll, the inside sheet may go around 4 times. That last sheet looks like it gives you 4 times the results of the first sheet, but in reality, the results are the same - your perception is just different! And you'll never see the inside, if you aren't patient while the outside is coming off!

    Tisha :-) “Running won't kill you, you'll pass out first!"

  • Very nice. Thankyou.


  • Love that Tisha!


    Kat5499 "If I'd known I was gonna live so long, I would have taken better care of myself" - Leon Eldred

  • Good response Tisha.

    Here's a link to the Ladies Success Journal

    Love you some you...PERSEVERE!