(Closed) When will I see my progress?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It took me just over 10 lbs to feel a difference — my fiance told me he could see I was lighter but I really didn’t feel any smaller until one day I realized I had hipbones again. Have you had to change clothing sizes yet? Trying on a smaller size might make you realize just how much you’ve accompished – 10 lbs is awesome!

I didn’t realize until I started losing the weight how big I was to start, so you may be onto something with that, too.

Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you been taking measurements?  The number on the scale is not a reliable indicator of progress… for example, if you start working out you might actually GAIN a pound or two, but you could LOSE 2 inches in each thigh.  A pound of muscle takes up a lot less space than a pound of fat, so you get more “condensed” so to speak.

Now that you’ve been following a better diet, try adding in some resistance training and some cardio (like a spin class or couch to 5k) and track your progress using body measurements.  Do you notice your clothes fitting differently?  That’s another way to keep track of your goal.

Best of luck, congrats on the 10 pounds- that’s no easy accomplishment!!

Post # 6
3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

Sounds to me like it’s more in your head.  When I had lost 30 lbs, I knew I had lost weight and I should have felt good about myself, but when I looked in the mirror I still saw a fat girl.  There are other factors on why I felt and saw this (long illness, put on medication that caused weight gain went from 98 lbs to 170 lbs in less than 3 months etc).

I went to a therapist and had to work through issues.  Something he had me do was take a jar and fill it with marbles until it weighed what I lost (make sure to zero out the scale with an empty jar before you add the marbles 🙂 I didn’t do that the first time and was like WHAT? this makes me feel even worse lol.)  It was a visual so I could see what I had packed on me before the weight loss. 

How long have you been working out too?  They say it take about 8 weeks for you to notice your progress.  I think it depends on the person how soon they see results.  Just remember any small progress is still progress, you sound like your doing great!

Post # 7
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I find I notice changes in my weight more by how my clothes fit rather than how I look.  Most woman have at least one pair of jeans that are too small or at least a little snug.  That should give you a good way to track your thighs/hips/waist.

Post # 8
4948 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Remember, 10 lbs is usually about 1 size, so congrats to you!!

Post # 9
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@AB Bride:  I totally agree with you! I actually don’t know my weight, and haven’t for 10+years. I go by the fit of my pants, and the way I look in the mirror, and of course how I feel! I am 5’9 and work out quite a bit, so I know the number I’d see is more than I would probably like (as muscle weighs more than fat.)

But back to the OP’s originial question. It is normal (and adviseable) to drop no more than 1-2 pounds a week. This is easier for your body to adjust to, and when combined with exercise, you’ll notice the scale might not be moving as fast as you’d want (again, muscle > fat.) Keep in mind that your weight fluctuates as a female, depending on the time of the month.

Don’t stress, keep going, and you’ll get your results! Good luck!

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