Thursday, January 9, 2014

Weigh-Ins and Skinny Fat

Hi all!

Happy Thursday! How are you all doing on this beautiful morning? I'm in a very chipper mood today, if you couldn't tell and I have good reason for it. I'm happy to relay that I do not need to do the honesty thing today. I ate at my calorie goal yesterday and I got a small workout in, that is major progress for me!

I was on myfitnesspal this morning and one of the threads that popped up was a woman who just started her weight loss journey. She had lost 9 pounds in her first month. Before I continue, I have to tell you, she is weighing herself daily. This morning she stepped on the scale and she hadn't lost weight, she was so disappointed to the point of tears. I'll admit, at one point I did weigh myself every day and it was horrible to see the number go up or stay the same but I realized that I was setting myself up for failure by doing that. Honestly, if I saw the number go up, I'd just say screw it and eat whatever I wanted that day. It was a horrible cycle and I'm glad to have broken it. Now I try to only weigh-in once a week and if I do step on the scale more times, I don't get discouraged by the number, I use it as a tool to help myself improve as the week continues. Like this morning, I stepped on the scale with all my clothing on (I don't weigh-in with this much clothing on typically) and I was still down about a pound (don't know how that happened after my binge a few days ago), but it makes me want to continue to work hard, eat at my calorie goal and exercise to get that number down even more by Sunday. Now, I don't want to bring down anyone who does weigh-in daily, but remember that weight fluctuates each day. It can change on the amount of sodium you eat, your water in-take, hormones, clothing weight, and many other things. So don't base your whole day on that number, no matter what. You are worth more than the number on the scale.

Another thing, I was looking at another thread on myfitnesspal and a woman was talking about her gym being closed. Then an argument ensued about how you don't need to workout to lose weight, all you need to do is eat at a deficit. Yes, this is true, but the original poster wrote something that I agree with 100%. She said something along the lines of, being skinny isn't everything. I want to actually be in shape and not be skinny fat. From that point, this huge argument just ensued and it was over something really stupid, in my opinion. I just wanted to say, I think we all know that we need to eat at a calorie deficit to lose weight but you know, working out will help you burn more calories and help you get the shape you want. It's not rocket science. And why wouldn't you work out? It has so many benefits and it can help you to achieve your goal at a more consistent rate.

Anyways, today is amazing. I'm doing well nutritionally and I got in a great workout. The whole upping my protein yesterday helped a ton and kept me fuller, longer. So I'm continuing on that path today and it's working well so far. That's my plan to the near future as well, I'll keep doing it until it doesn't work anymore. But it's time to go an relax a little now since my back is hurting. :( Have a wonderful day everyone. So until next time!


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