So. I gained weight this week. I know I know... lifting heavy, lean muscle mass, yada yada... no matter how logical you are or what you know there is not a woman alive that doesn't cringe, if even just a little, when she sees that scale number go up. Allow me my moment of heart plummetting angst. However! When I put my belt on, I cinched it up without a second though to the next hole down!!!! So... my I did my inner SQUEE dance and decided to not give a damn what that stupid scale said!
Yay! Isn't that the best feeling?! I'm not sure what week you are, but I'm halfway through week 3 and haven't weighed myself since the start. But yesterday I tried on a pair of pants I got for Christmas and previously couldn't button without major muffin-top and they fit like a glove! Congrats!!!
Thats AWESOME Amy!!!! It really is those moments that you see a difference when you weren't expecting it that make it worth it!
I'm trying to ween myself off the scale... its a slow process! LOL! I'll get there though, especially when I see results like this happening! I'm in week two, so I'm feeling like this is pretty fine progress. :-)
That is so AWESOME A!!!! Its those moments that happen when you are least expecting it that are making it worth the process.
I'm in week 2... slowly weening myself off the scale. Thats another part of the process! LOL
I have been the same scale weight for the past 4 weeks give or take, but I have had to punch a new hole in my belt. All my weigths have increased either in ability to lift the current weight or having to add new weight.
The scale is the worst way to measure success with this type of plan.
AMEN SISTER!!! Way to defeat that scale. Keep up the great work! So proud of you for not letting a stupid number dictate what kind of day you were going to have.
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You are so right... We are so tie to the number on the scale. I am one that, having myself plenty of proof that the sacred number means nothing, still dread it when it goes up or stays the same.
It is horrible! I was thinking about it today... I think doctors put too much enphasys on it. I guess it is an easy "measurement" of your health (?) maybe? However I think doctors should educate us more about what it really means to be fit: not just skin and bones but MUSCLE.
I see it everywhere... I have a friend who's a runner and he has nothing to lose (in terms of fat). Well the other day he said to me: I lost 3 pounds when I started running (he had nothing to lose in terms of fat then or now). I told him he is probably losing muscle mass or a combination of fat and muscle mass... Put people think you are arrogant if you say such thing.
Oh well... Societies view on fitness has to change but it will take time!
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I have been guilty of "Scale Abuse" my whole life! I was an overweight kid, so my whole life, even in "thinner" times the scale has been my frenemy. It is so embedded in my subconscious that no matter what I know logically, it has this huge impact on me! After my Belt Hole incident however, I am going to try REALLY hard to just focus on that! To look at measurements and body fat % if I really feel like I need to see a number go down.
If society is going to change its views we can only start with ourselves... my 17 year old size 1 daughter is doing the program with me (adjusting the lifting for one her age). She has no weight to lose, obviously, but is learning a healthier lifestyle through it. She is refusing to step on the scale because she wants it to not matter. I'm really proud of her for understanding something that has taken me this long to "get".
OK, so I'm going to chime in here, and turn this post completely inside-out, give it a 180 degree turn. I'm in C3, week 6, and several of you "know" me (Hi BDmom!) as I do BFL as my permanent lifestyle. Last weekend I noticed my weight had dropped 3 - 4 lbs since I started C3 on 2/7/11. Was I happy about it? Well, I'm already "lean", or some would even say "skinny". I got really worried about the 3 lbs weight loss! Why? Folks doing challenges here continually dismiss the lack of any weight decrease, or even their increase in scale readings as really being no problem because "muscle is denser than fat" and "muscle burns calories more efficiently than fat". I truly believe that is the case. So, if I lost 3 lbs, the only logical conclusion is I've lost some amount of muscle mass, and replaced it with the less denser fat.....
Our minds indeed can play tricks with us! Ignore it, and do your challenge to the best of your ability, and pay attention to the reflection in the mirror.....
BTW - I've swapped jeans with my 16 yr old teenage son, I'm in his 30W and I gave him my 33W.
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Just noticed your post about your runner friend. As a runner myself, I have to say that I usually weigh less than when I am lifting weights...but my body is not as tight...by a longshot! A lot of the endurance runners know they have to sacrifice muscle in order to be light and it is a trade off they are willing to make for their sport, but you are right in assuming he probably lost quite a bit of muscle in that 13 pounds. I wouldn't say that is a bad thing if his goal is to be light and lean for his sport, but it does go to show that endless hours of cardio can hurt those trying to build muscle mass. I have drastically cut back my weekly mileage in order to follow BFL "by the book" for these 12 weeks and I am definitely tightening up. I do plan to go back to running higher mileage because I love running and participating in races but it is interesting to see how my body responds to the different training styles. Your progress is a great example of how one can get in shape and lose fat without losing weight. Way to go!
Thanks for your posting. he did not lose 13 pounds... Just 3 pounds. All the info you provide is great! i don't know much about running... Thanks for your congrats... We'll see if it holds by the end of the first challenge as I had to take a four day rest due to extreme exhaustion.
I don't quite understand what you are saying... If you lost 3 pounds of muscle mass and replaced them with fat then the total weight change is zero! Do you mean you think you've lost 3 pounds of muscle mass because of the change in the scale measurement?
Rest up. A few days of recovery will do you more good than pushing to injury. And if you keep your eating clean, you will still make progress. I also have been having some pain in my hip and this week have eliminated all running and stuck with the step mill for my cardio. Even though I'm use to running 30 miles a week, my body isn't use to doing 3 of those weekly workouts as intense and very fast runs. I think I need to mix it up more so I'm not always doing speed work on the treadmill. Most race training programs would never have you do speedwork 3 times a week (more like once a week) and I think my body is saying I shouldn't be doing it now either. There are so many other choices for cardio to reach that 10 that running that fast every cardio session isn't necessary and in our case seems to be causing the hip pain. Some of my fastest run times have come after time off. Rest up and come back even stronger!
Marathonmama you are so kind!
Yes, I already feel much better. Tomorrow is my last day of rest and on Sunday I intent to do my HIIT on the treadmill I have at home. But you are right. Probably I'll have to mix the treadmill with something else. I must try the step mill at one point. But I'm thinking that for the few (I think five) HIITs that remain in this first challenge I'll probably use the treadmill, unless my hip or knee start giving me trouble. Right now they feel fine. Yesterday and today I took long walks at noon (an hour long walk each day). Both beautiful days around here. Spring is near!
No, MyDecade, that's not exactly what I meant. What I meant is that because the scale is only an indicator of total weight change we shouldn't necessarily be happy to see a weight loss. As an example, what if I lost 6 lbs. of muscle mass, but added 3 lbs of fat? I would see a net 3 lb weight loss, and based on the scale readings most of us would be happy with the result, which is in fact a step backwards.....
Thanks for the clarification Jacium!
Yes, I'm 100% with you! :-)
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