We've all heard it. In fact, I think we've all probably SAID it: a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat.
We say it when the scale hasn't moved.
But the logical part of my brain can't accept that. A pound is a pound is pound.
Does a pound of feathers weigh less than a pound of gold?
Does a 20 pound chihuahua weigh less than a 20 pound cat?
No, it doesn't. Because a pound is a pound is a pound. Muscle does not weigh more than fat.
Muscle takes up LESS SPACE than fat and when calculated in milliliters/volume, muscle weight varies so slightly that it is negligible.
So when I don't see the scale move, it isn't that I've gained muscle and it weighs more - it is that I didn't lose any weight. I think I have to accept that fact and not make excuses for it.
I need to look positively at what else has happened while the scale wasn't moving. For example, since muscle is taking up less space, are my pants a little looser? If my pants are a little looser - hey! - that means my butt is a little smaller! (I'll take that any day over a number on the scale!)
Can I see any physical changes? Do my arms look more defined? Are my legs showing less dreaded cellulite? Do my joints ache less because the muscles around them are stronger and holding them firmer?
How about emotional changes? Do I feel a little more confident? Am I willing to put on a pair of shorts to work outside - even IF no one is around to see me? Better yet - am I willing to go into town with them on???
I say all of this in preparation for my week 3 weigh in! I have a feeling the scale won't move. I've worked really hard this week and my food is surprisingly under control. I just have this feeling that the scale won't move and I started to say:
"well - a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat, so no worries!"
But it doesn't.
It will mean nothing more than the scale didn't move and I didn't lose any weight.
But it won't mean Ilost my motivation. It won't mean I lost my determination. It won't mean I lost any of the SP support. It won't mean I lost any of the good habits I've established. It won't mean I didn't decrease the size of my butt!
It just means the scale didn't move and I'll find my measures of success in other things.
Because a pound is a pound is a pound.