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Slow and steady

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Wins the race they say, and I have to make it my personal mantra.

I want to loose 60 lbs by August, and at this rate, I'll need well over a year.

It's depressing.

I've worked my butt off all week, had two bad eating days and only lost 1 measly pound.

Yes, yes, I'm building muscle. But why am I so hung up on the scale? I had the husband hide it and he only brings it out on Sundays. So, I was *hoping* to see at least a 2lb loss, instead I see a 1 lbs loss (and that was AFTER getting on and off about 8 times to get the lowest reading, if I took the first reading, I am the same as last week).

Oy.

I take measurements, and try to concentrate on that. I also like the way my undies, bras and other clothing is getting looser, yet I still go *but but but...the scale said.....*

I just want to know if, one week, when all this muscle is built, and I can run on the treadmill for a solid 30 minutes will the weight start coming off faster??? Or will I be stuck with a half a lb here and a pound there. If so, I'll scream.
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BINEMELLES 1/24/2008 7:09AM

    isn't it nice how all the clothes get looser? i really love that. but i'm fixated on he scale too. TOM is approaching, so i'm gaining. blah. and since i know it's your TOM too, i guess that's why you didn't lose as much as you hoped for.

it's not much use to remind yourself that you're gaining muscle, retaining water and so on when the numbers are not going down the way you expect them to. maybe recalculate your goals. a pound a week is not a bad loss, it's 3500 calories GONE. the annoying thing is that, in answer to your question, no, the weight will not come off faster after that muscle is built. while muscle indeed does burn more calories than fat, you will still be getting lighter all the time and you will still need to do more work to burn the same amount of calories. but as you said, slow and steady wins the race. we're constantly being reminded here that this is all about a lifestyle change, not a crash diet to lose a lot of pounds as quickly as possible. i always keep in mind that i didn't gain those pounds in a couple of months either, so if it takes me two years instead of one that's fine with me, as long as i can keep them off.

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