Already February! Every day is one day closer to Spring. I’m not one to wish my time away, but I’m craving beach days.
This week is week 5 of a Transformation Challenge I am doing at my box. Feeling really good! Even though I’m eating at a deficit, my energy is still up and I’m not having any hangry mood swings. Not only that, but performance isn’t lacking either.
While many make the mistake of relying solely on a scale for tracking progress, I going to burst that bubble for ya. Because it’s not true. Bear with me….
First week, I’m hitting my numbers and dropped a few pounds. Yay! But I didn’t get too excited because 9 times out of 10, the big numbers don’t carry over to week 2. (Unless of course you have made drastic changes and have a bit of weight to lose)
Week 2, lost a few pounds. Less than week one, as expected. But hey, I’m still losing. This week we start body measurements.
Week 3, I lost quite a bit but then put a few back on. Overall, still a loss from week 2. Full disclosure, I had gotten the flu. Yay. *eye roll*
Week 4, scale is still going down and so are my measurements. I’m feeling great but I was feeling great when I started. How I could possibly feel any better, I do not know. A good problem to have, I suppose.
Which brings us to Week 5. Scale is up. Say what? But I have been hitting my numbers dead on! Did you know muscle is more dense than fat? People will say “muscle weighs more than fat” but this is wrong. a pound is a pound. Muscle is more dense. It takes up less space. Knowing that, I asked coach to measure me and guess what? Inches were still lost.
This brings me to some key points:
– Always use the same scale. My scale at home has me weighing a few pounds more than the box. Choose one and stick with it.
– Using a scale is okay for tracking progress but don’t let it be the ONLY way you track your progress. Mark my words, you will be disappointed.
– Take measurements. Same day of week. Same time of day. Try to stick with the same kind of clothing. Don’t do it naked one week and in head to toe sweats the next.
– For the ladies, don’t forget to consider your cycle. Part of the reason I believe the scale was up this week is because I’m currently on my period. That could also not be the case. Either way, inches came off.
– Take pictures. But when you take those pictures wear the same clothes. Same pose. Same lighting. Same room. Same background. Same…..ah, you get the point.
Bottom line, look at the whole picture. Sure, I shrugged when I saw the scale this morning but overall in the last 5 weeks, I’m trending down. But honestly, if I gained weight, I really don’t care because as I mentioned before, muscle is more dense and takes up less room. So……..I want more of that!