(Closed) scale not matching image in mirror

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hmm…the thing is, you aren’t likely to notice a change in your body, especially only 5lbs. You see yourself everyday! Also, just because the scale says 5lbs really doesn’t mean anything. Lots of times, especially if you have been working out, you have lost fat but gained muscle. Muscle weights more than fat so while the scale may not budge a ton, you may look much thinner with more tone.

Also, how many calories are you cutting out? If you aren’t eating at least 1200 cals/day then your body will desperately try to hold on to all of the fat it can because it’s in starvation mode.

I would also drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to flush out sodium and decrease bloating.

A better way to manage your weight loss in the future would be to measure different areas of your body, and see how much better your clothing fits.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

No problem…but if I were you, I would measure (you’d probably see a huge difference!) and I would start everyday with a workout (if you can) and breakfast to get your metabolism going. Then keep drinking water all day. But really, if you aren’t eating at least 1200 cals it’s going to backfire…and mess up your metabolism.

Eating in the morning is hard for me because I’m usually not hungry, but trust me, eat breakfast and you will be much hungrier all day which will be a great sign that your metabolism is revved up…it will work!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I haven’t ever really been able to lose weight until recently. I’m not sure if I just wasn’t focused enough or what. But tracking my calories has really helped. I miss a day and I certainly don’t eat as well as I could (but I’m trying!) but the main thing is to not let a small bump in the road throw you off. Just let it go and stay on track.

I’ve steadly gained 20 pounds since my junior year in college. I’ve tried to diet and lose weight before, but have never been that sucessful. I didn’t lose any before my wedding or before I got pregnant. But now I’m committed to getting back to the weight I was when I met Darling Husband 4 years ago. I had about 15 pounds left over from pregnancy and another 10-13 that I put on over those three years.

I’m now down 17 pounds. I didn’t see the loss when I looked into the mirror until the last week or two. It is really hard to see the change over time since it is gradual. But now my clothes are fitting much better and I’ve gotten a few compliments from women at work who have noticed.

Measuring yourself is the best way to know where you are losing when you can’t see it in the mirror. Also taking photos comparing it down the road can help too. Take a shirt or pair of pants (or both) that are tight now and use those to measure progress as well. Try them on every other week or so to see how they fit. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My doctor told me it takes 100 days of noticeable change after altering your diet and exercise, don’t give up!! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@moserwedding2012:  Don’t give up! If you’re doing strength training, my personal trainer said it was quite normal to feel a little bulkier up to a week after a heavy work out. The harder you work your muscles, the more water they will retain in order to repair themselves. She recommended drinking more water and eating a little protein (banana or a a 1/2 cup of chickpeas) 30 minutes after a workout. Give it some time and drink tons of water and you’ll feel sleeker in no time. Swear! Keep up the great work!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

oops double post.

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