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The Scale, Body Fat, and Measurements

The biggest loser, get fit challenge ended. I definitely fell out of 3rd place. But since then I've struggled to maintain my weight loss. In fact, I quickly reverted back to old habits - STRESS eating.

I have got to change that behavior - and fast!

But as I felt myself slipping back to a higher weight, I did something that I have never done before, I joined a challenge. This is my first time, and I'm still not 100% sure how it works.
If I understand correctly, I pay a fee. If I lose 4% of my body weight in 28 days, I will get my $$ back. (Or I sure hope that's how it works!). And I know it might seem silly, but honestly, I'm still not at a point where I don't need some extra motivation. I believe that eventually I will get to that point, but I'm not there now.

However, I'm switching my focus from 'just the scale' as I do believe the Scale Is Just A Number. to Body fat % and measurements.

So, as I've started to up my strength training routine (For free workouts plans, read this), I took measurements and got a base reading of my body fat. For the body fat, I went to the Capital Blue store and used their machine to get a baseline. My scale at home also does body fat, but I think theirs is supposed to be a little more advanced. Either way, I have a baseline. So if the number on the scale is going up, and so is body fat and my measurements, well, I definitely can't claim it's muscle.

However, if the scale isn't going down, but my measurments and body fat are decreasing, then I know that I am putting on some muscle mass.

My foot is swollen from the race this past weekend. So apparently I still have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. So I haven't had a lot of cardio this week. But I have been doing my strength training. I'm still finding my way at the gym, but my Skirt Sports (affiliate link) has really helped with my confidence.

I no longer hid behind my clothing.. and that's a great feeling. 

The journey continues... 

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  1. Strength training helped me lose a lot of weight, together with some HIIT, so just be patient and it will happen. One of the best measure of weight loss is how your clothes fit, so you can throw the scale out completely :P

  2. Great perspective! Will you be doing your body composition measurements at the end of the month using the same methods?


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