Truth: 5lbs of fat and 5lbs of muscle still each weigh 5lbs.
The difference: Muscle is more dense than fat. If you have a ton of feathers and a ton of bricks, how big does the bag containing the feathers have to be in comparison to the bag that holds the bricks?? The bag holding the feathers is going to be much larger than the bag holding the bricks. On the same token, a body weighing 150lbs made up of muscle is going to LOOK much smaller than a body weighing 150 that is made up of fat.
With that being said, I had a really on plan week. I tracked everything, I limited by my sweets, and I worked out like a madd woman.....a madd woman, I tell ya! and I gained 0.8 this week. Although, I was hoping for a good loss to put me in the home stretch towards goal, I am okay with the gain for one reason - that reason is perspective.
Seeing as how I could not think of one aspect of this week that I did not give my 100% effort, and seeing as how this is my 2nd gain in 3 weeks, I was able to put things in perspective and realize that it truly isn't all about the number on the scale. I feel fantastically fit! I love how healthy I feel and how good I feel when I wake up and when I go to bed. I love the muscles I can feel in my thighs and my stomach when I make small movements. And I know that I am on the right path to overall health and fitness. The scale is not the most important aspect of this journey....actually it may be the LEAST important aspect of this journey.
Even though I have always preached the idea of the scale not being the most important part, I have still been a slave to the scale and what it has to say. However, since I do know very well that all things happen for a reason, I believe that these minor gains are going to be experience tools for me in my future. They will be the references that I will use when I am a Weight Watchers leader and I have a member come to me for advice. They will be the tools that I will use 20 years from now when I am 44 and maybe fluctuating in weight a bit. They will be my resources when a friend comes to me upset about a gain, asking me if I have ever been through it. I will have these experiences to refer back to. So with that being said, I am thankful for my minor gains. They have shined some light on another aspect of this journey that I have very infrequently experienced thus far.
- Use some of my Activity Points that I earn for food in order to make sure that my body is getting all the required nutrients that I am burning.
- Increase my vegetables and other foods that burn fat - yogurt, nuts, whole grains, etc...
- Continue to focus on how I feel, my measurements, how my clothes fit, and how much endurance I have and remember that this is not a race.
- Put my goal of being a Weight Watchers employee on the back burner so that I can refocus on the main goal at hand - bettering myself and my health.
- Remember where I came from:
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I did promise a blog about the fear of what to do after goal and I do have that for you but with my experience today, it took the back burner for a little while. I will get that too you soon!
*RULE YOUR MIND, OR IT WILL RULE YOU!* - it's all about the decisions you make upstairs! Decide to succeed. Decide to win. Decide to be the best you that you can be. - and you WILL!