So, during July I exercised for about 2000 minutes. I counted the calories. I kept in my range. I created a 500-1000 calorie defecit most days which SHOULD have given me a healthy 1-2 pounds loss each week. Given that, it wouldn't have been unreasonable to see a 6 pound loss for July I think.
I lost 2 pounds. Scale didn't move in the last few weeks. the tape measure showed no change either. Weighing today, 1st August, and i have gained a pound. Meaning a loss of just 1 pound in the last 4-5 weeks despite a big effort.
What I'm hoping this reflects is
1. an increase in muscle and loss of fat. With much of my exercise being hiking and walking away the pounds, i'm not expecting a large muscle increase but leg muscles are large, so if I've gained muscle in my legs it could add some weight I suppose.
2. no loss of inches because I've lost fat where I haven't measured. Mind you - I was quite happy with my ears and feet before trying to lose weight - so i hope the fat hasn't been lost from those
3. Water weight. It's been hot and i've drunk more water than usual. Perhaps I was somewhat dehydrated before and i'm not now. Also, I've snacked on crisps - they are salty so could have caused some water retention
Not being able to see any results is disheartening. But with the work I've done, I'm sure I have improved my health even if I can't see it. Perhaps I've lost visceral fat, which would be good.
I remind myself of 2 of my goals on this weightloss journey.
Improve my fitness.
To stick with it
with 2000 minutes exercise, I'm confident I've improved my fitness. And I stuck with it, and despite disappointing visible results in July, I am certainly going to KEEP sticking with it. I am stronger than my fat cells. I WILL shrink them!!! I will get down to my next goal of 149 pounds (which puts me in the healthy bmi range). Maybe not by the end of the summer now, but I will get there at some point.
I will carry on exercising and creating a healthy calorie defecit during august. Hopefully I'm rewarded. If not, then it might be time to get advice on trying changing the routine.