Friday, March 24, 2006

Pay Dirt

So it's finally paying off.

I was beginning to doubt whether or not my "just use your head" diet, along with running, was doing any good; moreover, was my weight coming down. I've been eating well since the first week of February and running since the first week of March, so I figured by now, some results should be showing.

However, imagine my dismay when every time I stepped on the scale at the gym, my weight stayed exactly the same. Huh??? How could this be?? My pants were getting a little bigger, tight tee shirts weren't so tight anymore.

One friend suggested that perhaps my weight was just shifting. Huh??? What does that mean, exactly? Does it jump from my waistline to my shoulders for a vacation? Or is there a chunk of weight hiding under the bed that tag teams another chunk that will take its place in the middle of the night while I sleep? Ridiculous, right? So is the idea of shifting weight (I mean, I am a human being, not a mudslide).

Another friend suggested to me that "muscle weighs more than fat". Huh??? One pound of muscle or one pound of fat still weigh the same ... one pound. That rationale never made any sense to me.

So at the doctor's office this week, I got on the scale and lo and behold, I had actually lost 7 pounds. It never occured to me that the scale at the gym could be broken! So this gives me new hope. (I say I lost 7 pounds but I am pretty sure I lost alot more. Right now, my weight is at 233, so I am telling myself my weight was at 240, when in actuality I believe it was much higher than that. I would dare say that I was closer to 250 in January. So technically I could have lost 17 pounds, but I don't want to brag or sound like some huge success story. So I will just say 7.)

So I am admitting that they work - cardio (which I have always been loathe to do and which usually only constituted the few hours I'd spent on the dancefloor on Saturday nights) and eating sensibly (as in no chips, candy, breads, McDonald's, etc.) will help you lose weight. And if I keep doing what I am doing, it will never come back. Unless of course I weigh myself at the gym again.