I’ve started writing this blog entry on the eve of my first “check-in” for the fitness challenge I signed up for last month. I had my husband hide the scale a couple weeks ago as I found that I was become a little obsessive. I could see myself sliding into old habits which I wanted to avoid as much as possible.
However, as I was likely going to be up early in the morning and want to do my stats before I do my morning exercise – whatever I decide it to be tomorrow as it’s raining at the moment, so it’s hard to say what it’ll be doing in the morning – I asked where he hid the scale and I went and got it and placed it in the bathroom so I could use it first thing in the morning.
And then I made the mistake; I stepped on it.
When I take my measurements and stats, I always do it first thing in the morning and I never wear clothes and I’m consistent in this to try and avoid the minute fluctuations that can happen. And yet, here I am, 8pm and fully clothed and I, stupidly, stepped on the scale.
And you know what? I’m irritated. I’m frustrated. I’m discouraged. I’m kicking myself for doing what I know I shouldn’t do!!! And it’s not that I haven’t lost weight! At this point, I’m still down 3 lbs … but it’s not enough! My diet has been really good! My exercise has been more consistent and intense than it’s been in a very long time. I have, like, 50 lbs to lose – and that’s just to get me down to 175 lbs! And it’s not like I was expecting – or wanting! – to lose that much during the fitness challenge! My goal was to get below 200 lbs! So why isn’t the weight melting off?
Okay, first of all, the scale is one of the least reliable way to measure “progress”. I just needed to hold my horses until the morning and take my measurements as I planned as that way, if there was little to no scale movement in a positive direction, my measurements may have told a different story. If the weight didn’t move but the measurements decreased, that could be an indication of losing fat but gaining muscle (as I am doing a balance of resistance training with HIIT and steady state cardio) As muscle is more dense than fat, 5 lbs of muscle takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat – so a decrease in measurements would occur.
And secondly, what are the good things that have happened over the last 30 days?
- I have shown I don’t need a gym to have a good workout.
- I can have super intense workouts without a lot of fancy equipment.
- I am more positive about my body and I’ve handled almost 3 months of isolation pretty well – thank you endorphins!
- I can bike ride up to 20km at a time without ill effect – like overly sore hands and butt!
- I don’t need sugar – or if I do binge (happened once) there’s no domino effect. I was fine after though I still don’t trust to have any in the house. It was during my period, so just have to be careful around that time.
- My rings, that I hadn’t been able to wear since February, I can wear again.
SO… what happened the next morning when it came time to take my measurements?
I had dropped 7.5 lbs and decreased a total of 4.75″ across the 5 different spots we’re tracking for the challenge – the biggest difference on my hips at 1.5″ less! This makes me VERY happy as it’s on track for my goal to get below 200 lbs by the end of the fitness challenge!
This is probably the lowest I’ve weighed in about a year – possibly more as I really don’t weigh myself often and don’t track it. I base it on how my clothes are fitting… and they’ve been getting tighter and tighter over the last couple of years. Hopefully, as the fitness challenge continues and beyond, this trend will reverse and the weight continues to come off – and the next time I have to exchange my uniform, it’ll be for a smaller size!
But, most importantly, I’m feeling great! I was feeling good before – despite wanting to take back my health – and I look forward to continue feeling good! I look forward to challenging myself to harder activities once things start to open up again. Do the indoor rock climbing, Spartan race next year, continue training for a 10K next year… the sky’s the limit!!!