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February 4, 2012 6:33 AM
I have about 120 pounds to lose, so I thought that once I really started to focus on it and commit to eating right and exercising, it would start falling off of me. Not so. For the month of January I lost 2.4 pounds. Not as much as I expected. However, I lost 2.5 inches in my waist and 2 inches in my hips. What does this mean? Am I really actually replacing the weight of fat with the weight of muscle?

Losing inches is definitely a success, but I'd like to see the scale move soon too. In a world where medically everything is based on the number on the scale, I definitely need to see the number on the scale start dropping.

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for me?

Thanks! smile
February 4, 2012 6:38 AM
Can't say I have any words of wisdom, but it sounds like you are doing the right thing. I always get more excited over inches lost rather than pounds lost. Inches lost is what is visible, right? Means your clothes fit better or better yet, you need to get different clothes!! Good luck.
February 4, 2012 6:39 AM
Its not muscle, you can't gain muscle nearly as fast as you can lose fat. Its just water weight hanging around.
February 4, 2012 6:41 AM
For you month of january, youve actually done really well, losing inches is great, but i know how you feel about the actual pounds. For me in the pounds aspect, im a daily weigher, and my scale never moves all week, then just random day im down like 2-3 pounds lol, then thats when i get excited. You may be the same kinda way, so all i can say is give it time and have some patience and you will soon see :)
Edited by nmj1988 On February 4, 2012 6:43 AM
February 4, 2012 6:46 AM
According to my trainer, many people who start on proper diet and exercise gain weight before it starts coming off. You should be proud that inches are coming off. Just be patient and I am sure you will start loosing the weight. One more thing that helped me was getting my thyroid level checked. I had difficulty in loosing weight until my internist up the dosage of my medicine. I also increased my cardio workout from 4 to 6 days and cut down the calories which is helping. May be you want to adjust the exercise and calorie intake as well. Good Luck.
February 4, 2012 6:55 AM
If you've just started an exercise program, your muscles are likely retaining water, which is probably a big part of why the scale isn't moving just yet. Keep your focus and you'll see the scale moving soon!
February 4, 2012 6:59 AM
Doesn't it simply mean you are winning?

I think most of us are actually aiming to lose SIZE, not really weight. We don't walk around with our weight printed on our foreheads. It's our size that others see that makes us ashamed. Apart from good health, losing size is the goal and you are doing it!
February 4, 2012 6:59 AM
I will take inches any day over weight!

muscles are so much more sexy.
February 4, 2012 6:59 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I really do think it's water weight. I've significantly increased my exercise this month. I try to do 30-45 minutes of cardio Mon-Fri and then on Monday nights I have an Aquafit Interval Training class and Thursday nights I do Zumba. Weekends I try to rest a bit but usually get in a half hour walk each day. I am thinking that if I just keep going like I am and trying to push myself with the exercise while staying in my calorie limit eventually the weight will start dropping off.
February 4, 2012 8:09 AM
Well done on the inches! If your exercising it could just be your muscles holding water as some one has stated or that they are weighing more than the previous fat.
February 6, 2012 4:14 AM
it does sound like you have done some good toning.

When i was laid off for 2 months, I exercised twice a day during the week out of boredom.

I gained 10lbs from eating crappy, but lost two clothing sizes through all of the toning.

I wouldn't say that you are "gaining" muscle, but sometimes you do just tone.

I'm glad you measure so you can see other signs of success.


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