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Scale and Tape reflections

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I've been maintaining for almost 2 months now. I've generally stayed 1-2 pounds below my goal weight of 132. I was pretty discouraged today to find my weight back up to 131.5 - 1.5 pounds over last week's weigh in. I've been struggling a bit with eating - all but one day staying within my calorie range - but exercising consistently. In fact, I'm strength and flexibility training more than I was while keeping up the cardio. I'm quite pleased at the progress I'm making there.

Fortunately, this is my day of the month to measure myself. I had lost 1/4 inch in waist and hip. The rest stayed the same except for my upper arm, which gained 1/4 inch (?! How can I gain in my upper arm only? I'm sure I heard that muscle takes up less space than fat. What's the story here?)

All this to say that the scale alone would make me depressed. Adding the tape measure results gave me back my determination to persevere. Sparkpeople is a great source of necessary information and affirming people. Thanks for being part of my journey!!!
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    You are doing very very well: your weigh-in is withing usual fluctuation and the tape measure tells the tale.

    Thanks for your kind comments on my graduation blog!
    2802 days ago
    Yes, indeed that tape measure can help us 'see" the results of our work. CONGRATS on maintaining!!! I'm at a definite plateau .... Hopefully something will move soon!

    2803 days ago
    That IS funny/weird about the upper arm measurements. I don't know WHAT that story is!

    Maintaining is difficult - but you are doing GREAT. It's tough (and it scares me often) but to know that you are on your journey maintaining, and doing great - really and truly, is very motivating and inspiring to me!
    2803 days ago
    I need to find a tape measure because I am exercising faithfully and eating right but the scale is NOT moving!!
    2804 days ago
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