Well. If I read your post right, you've lost 8 pounds in about a month? That's fabulous! And you've lost 4 incles-- again, fabulous!
But the "problem" is that you've not lost as many inches as you think you should have? And supposedly you've not lost any body fat? I reckon the first thing I'd have to ask is-- how are you (or "they", if they're measuring the body fat at Curves) measuring it? Some methods of measuring body fat are notoriously inaccurate. Like a scale that measures body fat. Calipers would be more accurate, but then it depends on whether the person doing it, really knows what they're doing.
Even a measuring tape-- it has to be in the exact same place, at the exact same amount of pressure. Like, exactly how snug were they pulling the tape.
One other thing I'd comment on-- there were times in the past where I could drop 5 pounds really quick. But after I started Sparkpeople, the weight came off really slowly and there just was NO dropping 5 pounds quickly. And I learned that just because something was a certain way in the past, doesn't mean it's going to be that way again. There are other factors involved-- I'm older, my metabolism was most probably slower, I'm now on thyroid medication, etc. Bottom line-- I can't really compare "this time" to any "other time" in the past.
The biggest thing, especially with measurements and body fat %, is that you have to be patient and give it time. The important thing is the change OVER TIME. And one month is really not very much time at all. I know when I finally made the decision to eat healthy and get fit, I wanted practically instantaneous results. But it doesn't work that way. It sounds to me like you've done well in one month. Personally I wouldn't worry over the body fat % measurement-- keep making healthy choices with your food, staying in your calorie range, exercising-- the body fat change will catch up to you. And if you're using a home scale to measure body fat %-- well honestly, I'd quit doing that completely.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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