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CHENRY1960 Posts: 15
2/25/14 9:10 P

And yes, it IS hard to ignore the scale!!! emoticon

CHENRY1960 Posts: 15
2/25/14 9:08 P

Thank you! My waist was measured at the gym, and it showed no difference - I think she measured at different spots, however, because I measured at home and was down an inch. I'll start measuring the other spots, too! emoticon

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/25/14 8:10 P

I hear you!. I have even gained a little (maybe a pound) but the tape measure says I'm smaller. Hard to ignore the scale, but sometimes it doesn't give you the full picture!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
2/25/14 4:50 P

Going by how your clothes fit is a good idea, but it's not exactly a scientific method. emoticon

I'd recommend measuring yourself with the tape as something that is a little more rigorous. Thighs, waist and neck as a minimum, hips and chest as well if you are feeling enthusiastic.

The tape is actually a far better means of tracking your progress than the scale.


CHENRY1960 Posts: 15
2/25/14 3:54 P

Thanks for the encouragement! I guess patience isn't really my strong point! That's something else I need to work on....all part of the journey. emoticon

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2/25/14 3:35 P

First, I want to say congratulations on making the changes that you have made and for sticking with it even when the going got tough. Secondly, don't discount the density of muscle vs fat. It is a real thing and if this is the first time that you have added significant strength training to your plan and you are still seeing your clothing fit looser, etc then try not to worry about it too much. I try to think about it this way: There was no way that I could have continued to eat and live the way that I was previously without eventually gaining more weight. I wouldn't have happened overnight but it would have happened. The SP lifestyle is the same way. If you are tracking you food, staying within your calorie range, and being physically active there is no way that you can continue that for an extended time without weight loss following. More importantly, you will be stronger and healthier. Maybe for a while you can try to think of some Non-Scale Measurements that you can use to measure your progress. Things like measurements, amount of weight you can lift, how long you can last on a particular piece of equipment at the gym, etc... It sounds like you are doing the right things so the tough part now is just to be patient and keep it up!!

CHENRY1960 Posts: 15
2/25/14 3:17 P

Hello! I have lost almost 70 lbs. in the last year. I started to run last summer. I got away from it a little when it turned cold, and I got busy before Christmas. Now, I'm back in full force! I joined the gym again right after Christmas, so I've been weight training and doing cardio for about 2 months now. I started running this weekend when the weather broke, but it's freezing again now! I managed to lose the 7 lbs. I had put on over Christmas, but I'm kind of stuck now! I know the whole story about muscle weighs more than fat, and my clothes do seem to be getting loser.....however, I'm not losing any weight, and I'm not near my goal weight. I'm eating between 1200 - 1500 calories a day, usually toward the lower end. Is there something else I should be doing? Any advice? Thank you!

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