Hi all, sorry for the delayed post, has been a hectic week with Easter just around the corner it has come to me fast.
Once again Richard has sent me a weekly task today Mon, Wed, Fri but not there Friday. I did Mon, Wed, both full body work outs. I have also done another task from the wall which got me doing bur-pees I am not a great fan of burpees but I did them. Always important to push past your I don’t likes and this is too hard. The other thing I have started this week is Chris Powell’s plan of eating. My body has being stable now since just before Christmas and I need to shake it up a bit. So I am hoping this will work. But it is also Easter so I will start properly on it next week. I have done a few days this week to get it into practice.
Right Scales, my take on them,
Scales, Measurements, clothing,
As humans we do like our numbers, I see so many people say I have not lost or I have put on but i am doing all the right things, firstly have you plateaued. People weighing themselves every day, the scales can fluctuate from having a glass of water or even not going to the toilet. Scales should be used sparingly, When you first start to diet when you are not going to the gym and using weights, scales are good at the start to find your starting weight, Some people say weekly, some say fortnightly and some say once a month.
Now here is what I have found out over the last 2 years. Well probably more than that as I already know about scales but this next bit has been as eye opener. Oh and I am still learning.
There is a pattern; I am going to show you the process most of us go through.
When we first start the process of losing weight, we go ooh I need scales. We have already said to ourselves oh our clothes are tight we must do something. If our clothes are tight why do we insist on scales and not our clothing?
So you have started to lose weight you have jumped on the scales it tells you x amount. You have been eating well and the scales are moving nicely. Then they start to slow down. You think ooh I need to do something else you jazz up your eating, and also think maybe I should start to exercise. Now at this stage this would be a good time to get rid of the scales well for a while any way and this is why. When you start to exercise and do strength training you are going to tone. Your scales do not tell you that you are decreasing fat and you are making your muscles stronger and denser so thus making them heavier, but what it does do is decrease measurements and that is a good thing. This is where so many people get frustrated with the scales. I threw mine out, you don’t have to go that far, but change your idea, think of it bit like a video game and having levels. First scales where you are working on your eating, now you have good eating and you are now working out, so now you go to the tape measure as this is going to give you a much better reading. But also when you are going through this faze that you will tone up in areas that you are not measuring, Neck, arm, chest, tummy, hip/butt thigh and you can do calf but I did not worry about that as I know it will go bigger before getting smaller.
But I also noticed that my face, fat around elbows, behind the knees, and a few other places that we don’t measure changing, The idea is to get in tuned with your body get to know all the parts that belong to you so that can see the changes. This level will happen for a while, but during this time you will have all sorts happen, and give your body time to catch up. You will be putting your body through stressors that it has not encountered for a while or never before. I was on this level for about a year; I am taking this process very slowly, losing about a kilo a month. It has taken me 34.5 years to make me the way I am physically and mentally this way so I want to make sure I am learning to change me in a good way. I am coming up 37, and I am still learning new things about my body what is good for it, trying new ideas.
Eventually your body will come to a slow pace with the measurements, this means you are getting close to your goal weight, you will also know this cause you have probably gone through a few different sizes for clothing. This will be a good indicator that you will be close to your goal weight.
I have two thoughts on this next stage as I am on just going through the process now and it will come down to what you perceive as the right track to take.
First because you have got to the size clothing that you wanted do you really need to bring in the scales? When you have gotten to the size clothing that should be enough now you’re in tuned with your body you might see it that you may want to go down another dress size. Then keep eating healthy, keep going to the gym keep jazzing up your workouts every 4-6 weeks keeping your body waking up and not getting used to the same routine and you will eventually get to the next dress size.
Or are you wanting to lose to a specific number, this is where you bring back the scales, you want to know, but please once a week at a minimum, once a month would be better as the last 5kg are the hardest to lose and can be very frustrating, but as long as you are continuing your body will get there, if you have lost 20kg + your body wants to get to know itself in this new way let it. Take time out every now and then to reassess where you are at, giving your body time is a good thing. But see where your path is leading you.