Technically no, fat does not turn into muscle. But as the fat shrinks and the muscle grows, it seems as if we are converting the fat into muscle.
My calves were mainly fat, but now they are mainly muscle. Their size is about the same, but instead of jiggling with fat I can tighten them up and there isn’t a jiggle anymore. So, in a way it seems as if the fat did convert to muscle even though it was the one shrinking and the other growing.
The mindset change may well be the MOST IMPORTANT change you make on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. As you say, logging the time and tracking the foods are easy compared to remembering to FOCUS on the positive. I have been at this a LOOOONNNNNGGGGGG time and I still find that the support I get from others really makes a difference. I KNOW most all the "slogans" but I gain real insight into myself when others share their insights into themselves. Breakthroughs come in a whole lot of different ways and sometimes something I learn related to my faith overlaps and provides an additional one for my weight loss. By the same token, I have been taking a training related to school and teaching this week - there is probably not ONE THING that I cannot use to enhance my faith, my weight loss, and my personal and family life. It is no accident that SP has lots of different avenues of support available for us. Different learning styles, different people, and different needs combine to create a cohesive whole LIFESTYLE change.
I try to not focus on the scale as much even though I go to weigh-ins each week. Being women we can have “weight” gain at certain times each month. I try to focus more on how pants &/or tops fit. Once I went in for a weigh-in and I had gained a few pounds. The nurse was going to give me a pep talk but I cut her off. I pointed to my pants I was wearing and told her that was the first day I had worn them in several years.
We will convert fat to muscle as we work out more. A pound of fat and a pound of muscle may weigh the same, but they don’t have the same volume. Think of it this way… 5 pounds of fat may take up about as much space as 3 grapefruit while 5 pounds of muscle is about the same amount of space as 3 tangerines. If I gave you a pound of feathers and a pound of lead you will have A LOT of feathers and not much lead.
Keep it up with your “jeans” test and don’t worry as much about what the scale says.
I've got a trip to California coming up at the end of October for my cousins' wedding... I've never been to California before, I've never been on a trip like this ALONE before. I'm so excited, and of course I'm doing my best to lose all the weight I can before I go. Since the start of July I've lost 6lbs (!) and today I stepped on the scale and BAM! i've gained 4oz. I know right, 4oz is not a huge deal, but still it was like a slap in the face. I've done all this sweating, lifted all this weight, and gained. Of course my mind drifts back to the chips that I had this past week, knowing darn well that the gain probably stems from that, and next week will be better. I had done a jean try-on earlier this week, and I can *almost* wear a pair of size 18s in public woohoo! So instead of beating myself up about my "gain" I focused on the jeans and then I got the bright idea of dragging out the measuring tape. Well what do you know, even though I "gained" 4oz, in the last month I've lost a total of 5.5" from the various places that I measure!
Obviously what I'm doing is working, I just need to teach myself how to focus on the positive instead of always focusing on the negative. In the end the mental game is always more difficult than counting calories or logging minutes in the gym.
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