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Signs of Progress


Thursday, June 20, 2013



My scale hasn't moved much over the past month and a half, which for the first month was very upsetting to me. I seemed to be doing everything right (eating within my calorie range and exercising daily, alternating cardio, yoga, weight training, and fast walking), but the weight wasn't coming off.

I have finally come off of the plateau, just a little bit, and I'm seeing other signs in my body that I'm getting healthier. I've been hovering around 166-168, and I finally weighed in below 165 the other day. More significantly, I can tell I'm becoming more fit. When I first started riding my stationary bike a few weeks ago, I could only do ten minutes at a time, and I did three periods of those scattered throughout the day. I'm now up to 40 minutes at a single stretch and at a higher speed and resistance. I'm able to move more fully into some new yoga poses that I recently introduced to my practice, and I can tell that my control is improving. The most exciting thing of all is that I can see muscles and my collar bones! When I first decided to make a concerted effort to get fitter and get myself down to a healthier weight, one of my main motivations was to see the tendons in my neck and my collarbones--while I wasn't morbidly obese, it had been a long time since I'd seen those things. I was tired of having a fat neck area. While some under-chin fat is genetic in the sense of determining where a person tends to store fat when they have fat to store, there's no question that having the extra fat to store in the first place is a major contributing factor.

Also, the other day when I was sitting down and reading, I happened to glance over at my arm, which was draped along the side of my chair. I saw muscles! I definitely have more muscle mass and definition than I did just a few weeks ago. My legs too have more defined muscles; I can see outlines of muscles I don't recall seeing even when I was a skinny teenager and running every day.

I still have work to do in order to get to where I think I should be weight-wise; there's still a lot of extra fat around my abdomen and it's hiding any new muscles in that area. This is odd; in the past, that's the first place I've lost weight. This time, it seems like the last place I'm losing weight. I still have quite a bit of fat around my hips and I'd like to get rid of that. My next goal is to see my hip bones and muscle definition in my outer hips.

Above all, most days I feel strong, though I still have chronic pain, stiffness, and fatigue. I feel like my body is more alive than I can remember since my teen years. I feel like the surface of my skin tingles with warmth and vibrancy, and when I use my muscles, I can feel their power. Sometimes I want to just break into a run I feel like I have so much new power and strength. When I'm having a rough time motivating myself to exercise or not overeat, I bring to mind these sensations, and that's enough to keep me going in the right direction.
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WOMANWITHGRIT 6/29/2013 3:50PM

    Wonderful signs of progress. Thank you for sharing.....

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CDRFLORES 6/22/2013 11:30PM

    Thanks for your blog. It is very motivating. Congratulations on the new discoveries! I am at beginning stages of exercise myself and it is important to know that the fatigue and pain is a normal part of it. It' is rough to push through physical and emotional setbacks. Sounds like you have a great strategy.

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