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So I do not work out every day. I just don't have the time andhonestly after being crazy about working out, even as I gained weight, it is nice to feel like I have permission to take exercise slowly for a while. plus, for now I want to see loss on the scale to keep motivated!.

However, tonight as I was at the gym I had an unexpected realization.

So, I work out usually 2-3 times a week now, mostly on the elliptical or walks or slow running. when I was working out almost every day, but gaining weight because of all my bad habits, I would stress about how much and how hard I was working out. it always needed to be longer & harder. but as I got heavier, it got more and more difficult to maintain the level of exercise. I got slower & more tired while working out..

Today while I ellip-ted, it occurred to me how easy it was to keep a solid pace! suddenly I was in the last 30 secs! .

The tv was playing VH1s "Fresh Meat" -some ridiculous reality show where these people compete in outrageous physical challenges. the episode that was on had the teams racing to climb a mountain while carrying 150lbs on their backs (they could split who carried how much b/t the boy/girl). at check points as they got higher, they solved puzzles to reduce the weight..

Holy sh*t, I thought. that's me. I am 24lbs lighter than the beginning of this journey. I have dropped off a whole sand bag of dead weight!.

Now don't get me wrongi'm not saying you have to or need to work out, i'm saying I suddenly actually FELT lighter for the first time! working out occasionally has provided me a platform to judge my size by "feel" rather than just the #s on the scale or the measuring tape..

Rock on..

Comments (15)

Thats hard to decide for you, only you know that! But also keep in mind that "muscles weigh more than fat does"!!!.

Comment #1

Muscle does not weigh more than fat. Muscle retains water while it's building repairing. 1 lb of fat weighs exactly the same as 1 lb of muscle.

Kichaa - Congrats on your NSV..

Comment #2

And my understanding is that 1lb of muscle, while obviously weighing the same as 1lb of fat (a pound is a pound is a pound), takes up less area than fat, thus you will be smaller in than area than if it were fat. Did I make sense?.

Comment #3

That is great that your mind is catching up to your body. A lot of times it is like our fat minds are trapped in our skinnier bodies and it takes some prodding to come out. Keep up the good work you are doing great..

Comment #4

I think what some people are trying to say is muscle is more *dense* than fat. For example, a pound of lead takes up a lot less space than a pound of lint. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat, so if you gain a pound of muscle and lose a pound of fat, the scale stays the same but your body size would shrink slightly..

Comment #5

Thats hard to decide for you, only you know that! But also keep in mind that "muscles weigh more than fat does"!!!..

Comment #6

Muscle does not weigh more than fat. Muscle retains water while it's building repairing. 1 lb of fat weighs exactly the same as 1 lb of muscle.

Kichaa - Congrats on your NSV...

Comment #7

And my understanding is that 1lb of muscle, while obviously weighing the same as 1lb of fat (a pound is a pound is a pound), takes up less area than fat, thus you will be smaller in than area than if it were fat. Did I make sense?..

Comment #8

That is great that your mind is catching up to your body. A lot of times it is like our fat minds are trapped in our skinnier bodies and it takes some prodding to come out. Keep up the good work you are doing great...

Comment #9

I think what some people are trying to say is muscle is more *dense* than fat. For example, a pound of lead takes up a lot less space than a pound of lint. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat, so if you gain a pound of muscle and lose a pound of fat, the scale stays the same but your body size would shrink slightly...

Comment #10


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