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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,394
4/10/13 8:39 P

When you start/increase working out, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water. It takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to your muscles more efficiently, and helps them cope better with the new demands you are making of them.

In the short term, this increase in your lean mass can lead to little change or even an increase in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

As for motivation for working out - can't help you there. That has to come from within. But in terms of not derailing yourself with exercise, I echo the suggestion of using the tape, rather than the scale, to track your progress. Muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, and typically you will see the inches continue to go down, even if the scale is being unco-operative.


JWELL2011 Posts: 1,207
4/10/13 8:26 P

Yessss. Self sabotage. Demons. Yes, that sounds right. I will get off my butt, people. You win!

GRAPLEIRIS SparkPoints: (12,268)
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4/10/13 8:17 P

This is probably cleverly disguised self-sabotage.
So: consciously do NOT allow whatever little demon is screwing with you to win.
Also: Fake it. PRETEND you really really wan to. It's amazing how once you start, you don't want to stop.

Good luck!

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
4/10/13 4:23 P

to get the butt you want you have to get off the one you have............When you change up your workouts it's normal to see those changes in your body.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/10/13 12:58 P

I have been doing tabata, surge, and HIIT for several years now. Yes i gained on the scale, but lost so many inches. Don't be so ruled by that number on the scale. it is not the best measure or even what I consider a good measure of weight.

Now that you are not exercising-- how is that working for you. Get off your butt and do something.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (75,245)
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4/10/13 12:48 P

Weight increase because of a change in exercise routine is not fat gain. Quite the opposite, it means your body is challenged more so it is more likely to work for fat loss than your previous, beaten up exercise. A better way of measuring progress is taking body measurements or getting the body fat % measured every month while eating within range and exercising.

For motivation there are proven methods, like imagining yourself having the body that you always dreamed of or making it useful for unwinding/stress management. I personally use the exercise for stress management, so I am rarely unmotivated.

JWELL2011 Posts: 1,207
4/10/13 12:25 P

Sooooooo, I was doing really well with an intense Tabata training someone made up for me and then I noticed I was not losing weight but gained a bit. That was my "excuse" to stop (because I HAD been losing weight before that with really simple treadmill activities). Now I cant get my butt off the couch...literally. HOW can I get moving again? Even in this gorgeous weather I am completely stopped and dont have the energy to do anything. HELP! emoticon

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