This is the point that I usually give-up – about 4 weeks in, still wondering if I am doing enough to lose weight, struggling with confidence in my ability to do it and then I step on the scales and it all seems pointless. I know I said wasn’t going to do that but I was curious – not a pound difference. In the past this has caused me to inhale a slab of chocolate, tell myself I’m ok as I am and the bad habits would continue.
But this time I have also taken my measurements – I am measuring my inches and I have lost 10 inches from my body – across my boobs, waist, hips and thighs. So I am not inhaling chocolate or biscuits or cake, I have done my step work-out, I have had a healthy lunch and I feel happy.
I have of course googled this losing inches but no weight issue and I found a lot of encouragement and a lot of trainers who are against weighing…
“Your weight may stay the same, even as you lose inches, a sign that you’re moving in the right direction. But, if the scale doesn’t change, you may not even be aware that you’re getting real results.”
“When you first start a program, you may need extra encouragement to keep going, proof that what you’re doing is working and the scale may not give you that.”
“If you’re losing inches, but not weight, with your diet and exercise program, you’re losing fat and gaining muscle, which is a good thing.”
“Even if you’re not ready to stop weighing yourself entirely, using other ways to measure progress can keep you motivated and help you realize that you are making changes, no matter what the scale says.
- Go by how your clothes fit. If they fit more loosely, you know you’re on the right track: I can now get into clothes that didn’t fit me a few weeks ago, I have thrown out some clothes that were falling off
- Take your measurements to see if you’re losing inches: I haven’t worked out how often to do this but I’m thinking every couple of weeks
- Set performance goals. Instead of worrying about weight loss or fat loss, focus on completing a certain number of workouts each week: I am aiming on achieving atleast 10,000 steps a day – that’s it, for now to keep it doable and manageable for me.
Here’s what is good…
- I feel happier, healthier and a wee bit fitter.
- I’m not snacking on crap, not snacking at all really
- I am stuffing my face with less carbs and eating more healthier foods
- My appetite seems to have changed – I’m wondering if eating less bread means my blood sugar is balanced meaning I’m not craving food. Don’t seem to be desperate for food in the same way that I was a month ago
- I’ve got more energy and I feel less stressed
Here’s what’s harder…
- Trying to have confidence in what I am doing. Who do I think I am trying to lose weight and get fitter? I am that fat, unfit woman – don’t I know my place?!
- I feel a bit of a fraud – I’m not working out hard at bootcamp or spinning class but I am just walking and stepping 10,000 steps at a time and I’m not doing a weight-loss programme, so what makes me think I can do it on my own?
But my body is 10 inches smaller than it was a month ago – so I must be doing something right!