My weight loss and fitness journey (since Jan 1) has been a constant struggle. Weeks, months of doing all the right things, and the scale barely moves. Sometimes it even goes up! I've had my thyroid tested, and while its not bad enough for medication or to blame the lack of downward scale movement, it is borderline and I need to have it tested every year. The guys at the gym keep telling me I'm looking better, but well, they're guys. Finally my trainer got tired of my bitching and moaning and pulled out the body fat reader.
Hrmm, what's this? I might still be weighing in at the same weight as this session of Kroc Fit, but in 5 weeks I'd managed to lose over 3% body fat. Hallelujah! I gained muscle mass! Next Friday is the final weigh-in/results, so we'll see how I did with this 8 week session. I just need to be good over the Memorial Day weekend!
Overall I'm only down about 15 pounds, but I can fit into more of my "normal" clothes now, I can do push-ups, I can hold a full plank for over a minute (working up to 2), and as long as I keep up with my ab exercises and keep my core strong, I don't need to pop painkillers for the arthritis in my spine. I don't even try to run anymore, the pain the next day just isn't worth it (both back and ankle pain). My new great love is spin class. Best sweaty workout ever (as long as Omar is teaching)!
Moral of the story, don't beat yourself up over what the scales say. Instead, use a pair of jeans as your unit of measurement, how much (or little) you huff and puff after going up some stairs, or how badly your back aches.
Tight jeans - cut back on the bad carbs, eating after 7 pm, and sweets.
Huffing and puffing - get some more cardio in.
Aching back - weak core, do some more crunches and planks, and don't forget to work upper, lower and the obliques!
Oh, and since this is a stitching blog, there has been progress on Jenny's Spring sampler. I might actually have a finish soon!