So it's only been a week since my last official weight in, and the results from the 18th were phenomenal to me. I lost a total of 6 lbs., and I admit that I was shocked by it. Why?
Because even though most don't admit it, many of us weigh ourselves on a daily basis. Now, I know we shouldn't take daily scale results as an important number. There are many reasons for weight gains/no changes happening even after the span of a week. Water retention, muscle gain, etc., etc. I also recently learned that the more muscle you build, the more water your body can store which is apparently a healthy thing.
Anyways, I would sweat over the lack of weight loss from the scale every week during the first month of my journey. I was working out, eating right, staying on track--"so why is the scale not moving?" I would ask myself. Even though I knew the possible reasons why and it just could not have been "I've increased in body fat %", I still worried over it.
Well, now that I've gotten through my first month and the results were successful, I've now felt another change in myself that has helped ease the looming sense of doom every time I step on that scale. It's the actual change I feel from something as simple as moving around and standing up. I literally can feel the difference when I move around! I used to struggle just to change from a crouching position to a standing position. I've found myself putting too much strength in moving certain ways--causing me to stumble. I've realized, I don't need to put that extra effort to do the simple things anymore. I can do it with little effort. And it feels amazing! I actually feel like I am fit and healthy.
It's a beautiful feeling. And quite frankly, I don't want to give that feeling up. So I will continue to challenge my body (and my mind!), and keep my fitness up.
Still 18 more pounds to go! I hope that anybody whom reads this will take head that the scale is not as important as we all think. It's how we feel that will really give us the signs that--"hey, this is working!" So don't give up and keep your fitness and nutrition on track. Results will come when you least expect to see them--and when you do, I hope they make you feel as wonderful as I feel.
But on a side note, tomorrow is my birthday. I will be turning 26. I truly believe the best present I could have ever given myself is a healthier life. So happy birthday, body.