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Why 12 lbs on the scale doesn't tell the whole story (Pics)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I made this animated gif to show myself my progress since last Spring (I had just woken up in both pics.. no hair, no makeup, yikes)

Somewhat unexpectedly, this project has led me some real revelations of how far I really have come since last year, both emotionally and physically. I am feeling incredibly grateful and accomplished. I know that it will only get better from here :D


391 isn't my highest weight... this pic was taken 4 months before I joined my gym and started getting serious with strength training (Last Aug-Sept). I actually gained weight since the first pic, then lost it all, plus 12 more lbs, by the second pic.

See me shrink in an animation:

Last Winter/Spring I was on medical leave from work and school.. I barely got out of bed and my anxiety and depression were so bad I was afraid to leave the apartment. I had delivery or takeout nearly every single day, and my boyfriend did most of the chores.

Now I am doing running intervals and full-body strength training 2-3 times per week, dance and cardio videos, incline walking, elliptical and exercise bike on my days off.
I am back in school, getting good grades in all of my classes, keeping up with chores and cooking each and every day.

In these pics, I have gone from over 50% body fat in pic 1
to approx 43.4% body fat in pic 2...
so I have LOST approx 31 lbs of fat, despite the scale only dropping 12 lbs emoticon

If you are struggling on the scale and are tempted to give up: DON'T! Lean body mass can be a large % of your total weight and you can lose tons of fat without the scale even budging.

Measure your progress in your clothes, in the mirror, with the tape measure, in fitness accomplishments, in how you feel, and in the quality of your life, not just on that stupid scale!!
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    3138 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10378117
    3140 days ago
    I definitely see a difference. Amazing work and progress!
    3142 days ago
  • MSLEO88
    You can really see a difference. Your face looks so much smaller. emoticon
    3142 days ago
  • CSAS98
    So true! When I woke up yesterday I stretched and felt a difference in my abdominals. A key indicator for me that I'd lost weight. Yet when I jumped on the scale it had gone up 2 pounds. LOL! You can never judge your progress solely by the number on the scale! emoticon
    3142 days ago
  • SHIRE33
    That's so true! The day I jumped up 2.2 pounds on the scale for NO reason was the same day I fit back into my size 12 jeans. You just cannot go be the scale. Two people who weight the same at the same height can look totally different if one is exercising and doing lots of cardio and the other isn't. NOT NOT NOT about the scale!!!

    Only took me 30 years to figure this out. At least you are ahead of the game! :D

    3142 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9152129
    Thank you for reminding us that the scale is only one way to measure our progress - there are so many other important things to measure ourselves by!

    Amazing transformation!
    3142 days ago
    Wow, all I can say is you based on yr testimony you really did change dramatically interally, wow!!! And as for the pics... I mean, you look so different, more confident, self-assured, relaxed, radiant skin, and happier. And beautiful always!!! :D Thxs for revealing yr pretty face to us :)

    I tell people all the time that WL is more than just mere lbs loss, it's a journey where yr transforming from inside out, there's just so much going there, affecting ALL aspects of yr life, yanno?

    btw, you still don't look yr weight!! mwaahahaha
    3142 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2012 2:43:26 AM
    I love reading your blogs. You always prove what I have suspected for a long time. I have decided to go at least 6 months before I step on a scale again. The scale I use is so sketchy that it bums me out every time I use it.
    You are doing such an amazing job, not only with your physical health but with your mental health as well.
    Keep emoticon a$$!
    3142 days ago
    Hey, you look fantastic! Isn't it great how dense muscle is? It's so efficient too!
    3142 days ago
    The scale can be a major encouragement, but man was I a happy camper when I bought a pair of skinny jeans for the first time a couple of months ago and in a size 8 for that matter when I had been pushing a size 12!! And a belt I bought a couple months ago is now too big and I need to buy a new one!

    I do my weigh in's every Sunday morning, but I also do the measurements too b/c even of the scale is not what I want, I can still see my measurements and know that I am in a good place.

    Congratulations on your progress.
    3143 days ago
    Awesome! That's really cool!!
    3143 days ago
    Congrats! emoticon

    Great post - just what i needed to be reminded of! I have lost very little on the scale over the past 2 weeks, yet i am getting comments from friends that they can see the weight dropping off! Off to the local pharmacy tomorrow morning to check body fat % as i haven't done this since early January.

    Thanks again for great post!
    3143 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10464769
    Wow what a difference!

    You are doing great!
    3143 days ago
    AWESOME visual!
    Thanks for that it's so true I forget that sometimes!

    3143 days ago
    I can't wait to seee itttt!!

    Congrats on all of your amazing progress!!


    that was great to see!! Thanks for sharing.

    I can't wait until the end of next week for half way point measurements!!
    3143 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2012 4:08:01 PM
  • no profile photo CD10464769
    What a great idea! SO true the scale only tells part of the story
    3143 days ago
    Congrats! You are doing and amazing work with your body!

    Unfortunately I can't see the file, it looks like you linked to a local file in your computer, not an uploaded one :(

    I am struggling on the scale, I haven't lost as much weight as I think I should have, but I feel better than I felt before starting this journey, and that's the important think, isn't it?
    Thank you!
    3143 days ago
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