So this week despite sticking to my points, upping my water and switching to low and alcohol free wine I had a 1lb gain. However, unlike a couple of weeks ago when I had this and came home feeling fat and horrid, I accepted it and will continue to do what I’ve been doing. The reason for this is that I’ve also upped my weight training-and I lift heavy no messing around for me! Now before you all say ‘muscle weighs heavier than fat’-admit it that’s what you were thinking. It doesn’t. A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. It’s like saying a pound of lead is heavier than a pound of feathers. A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat and the same as a pound of cheese-uummm a pound of cheese…. A pound is a pound.
However a pound of fat takes up about four times the space of muscle tissue so it’s possible to look and feel trimmer even if body weight remains the same. (Of course, it’s also possible to weigh the same, but look and feel fatter!) I first discovered this a few years ago when I said to the lady who was running the boot camp I went to ‘Shirley you look like you’ve lost weight’ to which she replied ‘I’ve not lost weight I’ve just got smaller’ at the time this baffled me. However when I slimmed down for my wedding I dropped nearly 2 dress sizes but only lost 5lb I knew exactly what she meant.
When you exercise muscles they begin to change and they get small tears in them, inflammation and fluid retention. This extra fluid can add 3 or 4 pounds to your weight. Your muscles will also feel sore. This is called DOMS-delayed onset muscle soreness.
Have you ever worked out so hard that you can’t walk up the stairs or it hurts to even breathe or God forbidden lift a glass of wine to your mouth? That’s DOMS! I love getting DOMS, I love the feeling that my muscles are working, changing shape and this will lead to a leaner tighter me!
I know Weight Watchers and other slimming/health groups have to have a method to track progress and scales is the easiest and quickest way to do this-could you imagine how long the meetings would take if we had all our body stats done each week!
I know I am smaller than I was a few weeks ago because not only do I see it in my clothes but people have told me a look smaller-without me even asking them 🙂
All too often we define ourselves by the numbers we see on this scales. They can make us sad, mad or glad. How crazy is that? That we decide what our mood is because of those numbers. Yes the scales are an indication of how we are but they are not the only ones. If you are happy and healthy then that has to count too. I don’t understand people who ‘deprive’ themselves by cutting out their favourite foods or putting their social lives on hold so they can lose weight because surely when you go back to doing them the weight will come back on. I believe in everything in moderation-my only problem at the moment is my ‘moderation’ is somewhat more frequent than it should be 😉
So I will continue to lift weights and get smaller-the scales will catch up at some point and whilst I’m waiting for them to do that I’ll be working on ‘moderating’ my cheese and wine in take 🙂