My Journey From Pudgy to "Perfect": Losing Weight or Losing Inches?

Just recently I joined a Facebook group that posed the challenge of getting fit by summer.  I’ve tried many different ways of losing weight with limited success and I believe what I have been missing is support and accountability.  We’ll just have to see how this pans out.

Actually, today I did a 30 minute beginners Zumba workout from a VHS tape my sister-in-law lent me.  It was a lot of fun and reminded me of how I used to keep fit before I got married.  Without this group, and others on Facebook, to put the bug in my ear about exercising and getting in shape I’m not sure I would have done anything.  Starting exercise anew and joining this new group brought to the fore the question – what’s more important losing weight or losing inches?

losing weight or losing inches

 

This idea or questions is a huge obstacle for many in their weight loss journey.  At a certain point your body stops losing weight for any of several reasons.  Plateaus can be discouraging, but can also be a time to get re-motivated and change the way we view our weight loss journey.

For me in the beginning it’s all about the pounds.  When you see those numbers go down, down, down it is such a high.  When the numbers stop going down or take an uptick I tend to take it personally.  So, I started pulling out my trusty measuring tape.  Though I’ve been a little afraid to measure myself recently I know that IF you are exercising along with a healthy diet and the scale doesn’t “cooperate” it could be just that you are building lean muscle mass.  Muscle actually does weigh more than fat.  Hmmm, maybe that’s my problem -I’m not fat, my muscles are just puffy. LOL.  Seriously though we shouldn’t quit when we face that wall.  We just need to find a way to scale it (no pun intended).

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4 comments for “My Journey From Pudgy to "Perfect": Losing Weight or Losing Inches?

  1. Lanaya @ Raising Reagan
    February 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I love it …puffy muscles! That is the best ever!
    So glad that you have joined with us and I truly hope you find the support and accountability you are looking for!
    We have been such a great group from the start!

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    • Lucero De La Tierra
      February 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Lanaya, So glad you got a kick out of that. Really don’t know where that came from – I don’t consider myself that funny. Makes me happy to have made you laugh :D.
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  2. March 6, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I myself have lost 49 pounds by taking HCG drops. This is a VERY strict diet and is EXTREMELY low calories. The first two weeks were pretty hard on me. I have never been a big eater but when I was limited to 500 calories omg i thought i would die LOL. All in all I found that alot of water and a whole lot of willpower helped me along. It has been a whole year now since i started that program and I am proud to say that I am still at my lowest weight (135). I have learned portion control and most importantly to avoid sugars of any sort. Alot of products claim to be sugar-free when really they are not! if you see anything other than 0 grams sugars then you know it is not sugar-free. Took me a while to discover this. I now buy my salad dressings, peanut butter, jelly, etc. from vitacost. They have a line of products from walden farms that are 100 percent free of everything…yes everything. This is what has helped me to keep the weight down.
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    • Lucero De La Tierra
      March 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

      That’s fantastic Debbie. I’m glad the HCG worked for you. I’m currently working on portion control and exercise. Trying really hard not to miss a day. Anything under about 1200 calories makes me feel like I’m losing my mind. Supposed fat-free things are a total scam too because they load the food with sugar to try and mask the loss of flavor from removing the fat. I’d rather have a little of the real thing than a lot of something that’s been tampered with. Good luck and keep it up.

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