staying motivated... even when the scale isn't moving
Saturday, April 06, 2013
i am well aware that plateaus exist, but until now i had been fortunate enough to never encounter one... but apparently my lucky streak is over. in the past, if i was eating in my spark calorie ranges and exercising regularly my weight would go down. ALWAYS. this past month, as i've adjusted my goals to include very serious fitness achievements (a 10K race at the end of april, another in june, and a half marathon in october), i expected the weight to drop off faster than ever. i am up to running over 20 miles a week, plus cross training, plus the regular active life i lead. so it came as a very unpleasant surprise to me to see that even though i am burning more calories than i ever had, and eating in my recommended calorie range at least 6 of every 7 days, my weight hasn't gone down at all... in fact, it even had the audacity to go UP briefly!!!
now the obvious conclusion could be that i'm gaining muscle mass, which is 3 times as heavy as body fat, but i don't think this is the case. hoping to be proved wrong, i busted out my giant rubbermaid bin of my 'skinny clothes' (stuff that started to fit me the last 2 times i was at the 220 lb mark, size 16 and 14), only to find that very little of it fit :(
i am trying very hard to focus on the fact that my fitness is improving and we are eating healthier as a family, and all those other positive things, but i would be lying if i didn't admit that it is VERY, VERY demotivating to not see the scale go down as a reward for all of my hard work