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Despite the numbers, I like myself.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

I have been concentrating on strength training and swimming for the past couple of weeks. I am developing muscle and have definitely increased my strength. However, the number on the scale is not where I'd like it to be. My clothes fit better and overall I feel good about how I look. I have a butt and some arm definition. My calves are more solid and my abs are tighter. So what is one to do?

I've decided I'm not going to worry about the number on the scale. I'm doing everything "right." I'm eating clean, exercising daily, trying to get enough sleep, and I'm listening to my body. The scale may not be where I'd like it to be, but I am.

The journey is ongoing. I'm trying to enjoy everyday of it.
May your Christmas be Merry, your Kwanza be wonderful and your New Year a happy one.
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    Definitely the scale doesn't tell the whole tale! If your clothes feel better and you feel stronger, that means more than the # on the scale!
    676 days ago
    I'm with Barb, Mako. The habits are far more important. It's great that you're happy with yourself and are enjoying the journey of discovery. emoticon

    One of the things I've noticed over the years is that I typically gain weight and inches with exercise because I'm increasing muscle mass and/or retaining fluid in the muscles in response to the physical stress.

    Reduced body fat has primarily come about through a change in eating habits, proper meal timing, adequate rest, hydration and stress reduction … not exercise. When the exercise tolerance is there, exercise leaves me feeling refreshed and with a heightened mood. And, the muscle definition and improved strength are awesome. But, weight loss? Nope. At least not in my experience.

    677 days ago
    The habits are more important than that number, Mako. You know this, and you are making progess is really accepting it! emoticon

    p.s. I'm working on this, too, in retirement! Face it, our bodies *do* change in ways beyond our control as we get older... BUT if we're doing what we CAN, that's good enough!

    A blessed Christmas to you and yours! And a great fresh New Year, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    677 days ago
    You are doing it the right way - don’t worry about the scale.
    677 days ago
    So many more ways to measure your success than the scale. Your clothes are fitting better and gaining muscle! Awesome!
    I have been lifting weights and the scale is very slow in rewarding my efforts. However, my clothing, my strength gains, and high energy are very rewarding
    We’ve got this!
    677 days ago
    YAY! What a great head space you are in!

    Big hugs to ya!
    677 days ago
    Good attitude. I find when I do high impact exercise and weights the scale goes up, but so does my toning and things fit better.
    677 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing
    677 days ago
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