Scribess's Journal, 12 December 2012

I'm thinking I might start doing just a monthly weigh in. Because this week I've lost an inch off my waist, but the scale says I gained - so obviously there's something up here, and I've gained muscle or something like that. I just don't trust the scale so much anymore. I'd rather go to measurements - speaking of which, here are my starting (in like october is when I started measuring) and my current

Upper arm - used to be 16.4, is now 14.5 (right arm is 14)
Calves - 20, is still 20
Thighes - 30, still 30
Hips - 50.5, is now somewhere between 48-50 (I sometimes have troubles measuring that area, it's easy for the tape to get wonky)
Waist - 43, is now 40-41
Shoulders - Yes, I have lost weight in that area. It's hard to measure, but in the beginning it was 51, now they're around 48.

So, obviously I've made some progress. My hips are pretty hard to lose it in, because for a long time they were the same. I've lost an inch or two off of them though. My legs and hips didn't even shrink when I was doing 600+ squats a week.

I'd heard that you can't choose where you lose fat, and I guess that's true. At least for me. My upper half has definitely gone down though, and since my stomach was the biggest problem for getting into 16s, I'm almost there!

I think once I get under 40 inches, I can fit them. However, I'll have to wait until my hips/thighs shrink a bit before I can try 14s, haha. I'm okay with that, though. I haven't worn a 16 in... 4-5 years.

Anyway, this post is getting long. It's mostly just to reassure myself that I'm getting somewhere, even though I've gained this week. I think it's worked. Plus, this week is such a good week that I don't think even that can bring me down. I'm oddly optimistic!
253.0 lb Lost so far: 16.0 lb.    Still to go: 108.0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 12 December 2012:
1159 kcal Fat: 61.77g | Prot: 54.15g | Carb: 99.71g.   Breakfast: oatmeal cookie. Lunch: meatloaf. Dinner: spinach soup, mashed potatoes. Snacks/Other: satsuma, egg. more...
2880 kcal Activities & Exercise: Calisthenics (heavy, e.g. pushups) - 2 minutes, Calisthenics (light, e.g. home exercise) - 8 minutes, Stretching (yoga) - 5 minutes, Resting - 15 hours and 45 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet Scribess's own diet   gaining 0.6 lb a week


Cardio burns fat and calories and strength training builds muscle (also burns fat and calories). You might want to add cardio a few times a week (if you don't already) to help slim down the lower half. Also google "why the scale lies" for insight in to water weight. Your gain may be something simple as too much sodium yesterday or muscles retaining water to help them heal. The fact that you are losing inches means you are doing some right. The scale is only one way to measure weight loss. 
12 Dec 12 by member: Suzi161
I do 4 to 5 miles walking and jogging at the broadway. That place has stairs, slopes, and even place on the walk. That really gives me a work out. But if you do the same exercise every day you body will not burn fat like it should. I would do 3 to 4 day cardio and then the rest of week do strenght training. I do the same routine by walking the same places but I use weighs 3 to 4 time a week. Sometimes I use 2 pounds in each hand and legs and then move up to 4 pounds and then 5 pounds.  
12 Dec 12 by member: tammylynn1977
Thanks for the comments you two, sorry I didn't respond sooner. I've taken both of your advice into account recently and am doing more cardio lately :) I haven't been doing it quite long enough to see results (about a week), but I can definitely FEEL it. Honestly, I think I enjoy it a bit more than strength training, but I'll keep doing both. Suzi, that's one of the reasons I started measuring. I kept hearing people say that the scale had so many faults. It definitely helps me to stay positive when I can look at my measurements and know that the gain isn't from gaining the fat back, it's from things like too much sodium or water. And yes, Tammy, I've heard about not doing the same thing every day. I think at first I did it mostly just because it was easier than switching it up, but recently I've realized that the same thing everyday not only bores my muscles, but it bores me. So I'm trying to switch it up, even if it's only a little bit. Lately it's been 3 days cardio and two days strength training, but I might switch that around just for the heck of it :P 
28 Jan 13 by member: Scribess


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