Not all weight is made equal

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I just read through all my old blog posts, pictures and weigh ins. One thing I noticed is the pictures of me at the same weight I have been in the past as I am now - I look completely different now. Even though I have put weight on this year, I know I have remained active. I have much more muscle mass and I also don't take the same clothing size. There was one blog of me not fitting in a size 9 at the same weight I am now. Today I would say I fit a size 5 or 7.

I put on weight in 2012. about 15 pounds if not more. I started taking medications that my doctor said could be the cause. I have started to regularly get my thyroid checked. Here is the thing, yes the first 5-7 pounds I am sure I can blame the medication, the other 10 pounds I blame on not being able to control my eating.

I have learned so much over the past 5 years. I don't feel I need to learn how to lose weight or what to eat. I am leaps and bounds ahead of others. I have a secure fitness plan that is already a habit, so no worries there. Just believing in myself... thats all I need to do now.

I am currently maintaining a low sugar, 40% protein, 30% fats, 30%carb diet. Visiting the weight room 4-5 times a week, do kettlebell with HIIT trainig twice a week and starting a ju jitsu class this week.

What can I do differently - staying focused, believing in myself, keeping healthy habits in check over the weekends, moving more with the kids or outside (sledding, walking, hiking, shovelling), write more blog posts, continue to read about health and fitness to keep my head in the game.

Onwards to success!
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    You're right, it's not even close really. I think the scale is a pretty terrible tool for maintenance. I've gained 30 pounds in the last 2 years and I'm wearing the same pants, shirts and the belt loop is the same. It's important to understand what comprises weight. Since the goal is fat loss (not weight loss), as you get leaner most of your body is comprised of "lean mass" (i.e. bones, water, muscle) and fat is less prevalent. This is where the scale becomes a terrible tool to gauge overall progress. When your body is comprised largely of fat, the scale is a reasonably good tool. Leaner folks should be measuring waist to hip ratio, body fat percentage, etc to determine progress.
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