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Don't Always Believe The Numbers On The Scale

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

About a month ago, I went out and bought one of those very fancy bathroom scales one that does weight, body fat % and muscle. I weighed myself and wrote down all my measurements, (sorry not ready to share yet). Two weeks ago, used a tape measure and took all measurements as well, so now I had the whole picture.

Since purchasing the scale, I have been work very hard doing Ten Minute Trainer using my Spark Tracker which by the way I am addicted to it. I am proud to say I have been exceeding my daily steps. I am going to have to increase my goal.

Here is what I have been noticing, my weight according to the scale is going up by about a pound or so but the body fat % is down 1%. Over the last two weeks, I have lost 1 inch off my waist and 1 inch off my hips.

If I was using just a standard scale and not using a tape measure and body fat %, it would show I am gaining weight and of course I would be discouraged. It is so important not to get hung up on just the number on the scale.

It funny how numbers can mess with our heads, I know it is something I have struggled with but I am learning to accept losing inches are just a big as a victory as losing a pound.
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    1465 days ago
    Muscle weighs more than fat! It sounds like you are gaining MUSCLE! YEA!
    1465 days ago
    Like the others said you are gaining muscles and they weight more than fat. So you are losing but also gaining muscles too!! congrats on getting healthy
    1465 days ago
    Good job Rabbitart! An inch is way more impressive than numbers now that you realize numbers on the scale can fluctuate so much depending on many factors.
    I don't have a scale here at home yet.....but when I do I may need to know which scale you purchased. Again, congrats! Rabbitart , keep up the good work!
    1465 days ago
    Yeah people don't think about the fact that they are gaining muscle also. That is why it is important to get your measurements. You are doing great!
    1466 days ago
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