Here's some food for thought:
Fat-Loss Rules to Remember
- Most scales can tell you only your body weight. They tell you nothing about body composition: how much is lean tissue, and how much is fat.
- By itself, body weight is a poor measure of fitness. If you gain muscle and lose fat, you’ll be fitter — but the scale might tell you you’re heavier. Lose muscle and gain fat, and you’ll be fatter — but the scale will read lighter.
- Body-fat percentage is a better indicator of your fitness than body weight. Seek out a trained professional with a pair of calipers or an underwater weighing system to find out your body composition.
- Notice how your clothes are fitting. It’s a better gauge of your progress than the scale.
- True fitness is about performance. Regardless of your weight, it’s generally more effective to set goals based on what you can do rather than what you weigh. So find a fun and challenging athletic activity you enjoy and do it regularly. You may settle into an “ideal” weight that’s a few pounds more — or less — than you originally expected. But if you look and feel great, who cares?
I have to get it in my mind that weight really doesn't matter! WEIGHT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER! The scale is not the best indicator for how fit I am.
I really like the second bullet up there. If you gain muscle and lose fat- you'll be fitter but heavier. If you lose muscle and gain fat- you'll be fatter but lighter.
It is so dang true. I can feel the difference in my body since I've added weights. I can see the difference in my arms and I'm starting to see the difference in my legs.
I weigh about the same as I did a few weeks ago (give or take) but instead of my size 14 fitting snug- they fit lose. I can fit into a size 12 comfortable! So, even though I'm still the same weight, my body is different.
Why can't I get this completely through my head when I step on the scale?
I guess because I feel like I work out so hard (not every day) that I should see the results on the scale. Maybe I should see a pound gained as results of my hard work.
I was down a pound today actually (not less that what I weighed a few weeks ago). I was 174.
A few weeks ago there is no way I could have done 1 or 2 pushups and now I can do 10 and if I wasn't so exhausted the other night, probably more.
I did some of the crunches we did in insanity that I used to scream through painfully and was able to do around 20-30 reps and 3 sets. That feels good! :) I used to not be able to do even 1!
There's no way a few weeks ago that I could carry Lauren or hold her for a long time without getting tired but now it's effortless.
I'm curious to know how much body fat I have. I would love to find a place who would check my body fat for me! Not sure where you go to do that. But I know for a FACT that it's gotta be less than it was the last time I lost weight because of adding in my resistance training.
I'm not out there lifting extremely heavy weights all the time but 20 pounds of kettlebell seems to be helping me build muscle for sure.
Anyway, I gotta get over the fact that the scale isn't budging much and remember that I'm getting more fit and more toned and the proof is in the measuring tape and clothing!
I'll be curious to know how well I do with insanity today after adding resistance and feeling more fit that I was a few months ago when I did it last.
I'll try to take another comparison pic sometime this week just to see if there is any difference. I may be the same weight but I might look a little different.
Anyway, I love blogging and since no children are currently interrupting me it is hard to stop... so read on if you want to... random thoughts from me...
I laid out the other day and ended up getting a bit red. Luckily it is turning to a tan! I feel better about myself when I'm tan! I think fat tan is prettier than white fat. :D I might have to get back out there today and get a little more sun on my back side.
I can't believe I bought a pair of WHITE shorts in a size 12! Boggles my mind. AND! I actually wore them out in public yesterday and felt GREAT!
My body is a work in progress, it's under construction and I feel great about the direction I'm headed in!
It makes me so excited when I hear about another friend who's trying to lose weight. It makes me want to share with them everything I'm doing to lose the weight and makes me want to be there for them and help keep them motivated.
I helped my mom get herself a myfitnesspal account yesterday and she's already down 4 pounds. She was glad about that but felt like it was kinda nothing. So- 1 pound is 3,500 calories. 4 pounds is 14,000 calories. Even though she may feel like it's just water weight, it's still something and its headed in the right direction.
Jason said to me one time that he doesn't want to rain on my parade. I'm sure that once he gets that desire within (you can't lose weight and truly change your life without a different mindset) that he will drop the pounds probably faster than me... and that's ok! If I can be the one responsible for helping light that fire inside him to lose weight and feel better, then GO FOR IT BABY!
I want to be a tool of motivation to help put that spark in someone to get healthier.
Watching Extreme weightloss the other night really hit home to me. It was about a girl who had such a bad view of herself, so bad that she couldn't look at herself in the mirror and had thought and actually planned out her suicide. Though I have never truly planned out my suicide, I used to think about it (before kids... not sure I've done that since having my kids). There have been times in my life that I just felt hopeless and useless and depressed about myself....
There is such joy and happiness (not about everything) about losing weight and feeling better about me... I feel like I am becoming the person I was meant to be. I don't wake up in dread about the day. I don't sit on the couch and feel sad about not having the energy to get up and play with my kids. I do feel lazy sometimes but I'm not that over weight lazy person anymore who constantly thinks about food and what I'm going to eat and plans my day around food.
I don't plan my day around food anymore. I plan my day around fitness. Actually, the thought that's taking over my mind currently is going into my bedroom to do some kettlebell workouts while watching team umi zoomi (sp?) with Lauren.
And just like that I had a friend message me that she has lost 8 pounds! Makes my heart sing with joy to hear about another friend on her way to lose that weight! I'm so proud of her, because I know she has so much going on in her life and she is able to work on her!
WAY TO GO!
Ok and on that note... I've been taken over my little people in my ear. Guess it's time to get up and make sippy cups of milk and oatmeal for the kids. Then do my kettlebell and take a shower. Then up to the school to check out my room (see what has been moved) and then do insanity with friends. :)
Until we meet again... (thanks for reading)