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  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 771 Member Member Posts: 771 Member
  • BEE3FAMBEE3FAM Member Posts: 12 Member Member Posts: 12 Member
    Keep up the great work!
  • jenilla1jenilla1 Member Posts: 11,127 Member Member Posts: 11,127 Member
    charmmeth wrote: »
    Sand_TIger wrote: »

    Brilliant as always! Thank you!

    On the question of measuring, and keeping track of where you have come from: this is really important for me because I forget. When I was losing, I would think "I've been stuck at this weight for weeks/months" but then would look at my spreadsheet and realise that my monthly average was down. Or recently I thought "I am exercising but nothing is changing," and then I compared photos taken that day with photos last September, or even six weeks ago and can see changes. I have learned that I need to take photos and keep records so that I can recognise what has changed.

    This is so true. The subtle changes are sometimes hard to recognize when they happen gradually. Someone who hasn't seen you in awhile will easily notice changes while someone who sees you every day (like yourself, LOL) might not notice. It's great to have a record to look back on and compare.
  • mssue18mssue18 Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
    Excellent blog entry. I really enjoyed reading it whether I’m a beginner or not. It helps at any point in this journey again and again.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 771 Member Member Posts: 771 Member
    Latest blog entry! This has been a real weak point of mine.

    https://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Sand_TIger/view?id=portions-992753
  • jenilla1jenilla1 Member Posts: 11,127 Member Member Posts: 11,127 Member
    Was that you I saw over on the NSV thread rocking some deadlifts? I thought you said you weren't really working on weight training...sneaky...

    I haven't been back to the gym since the pandemic started and the weights I use at home aren't super heavy, so I've adapted by doing more reps at the lower weight, otherwise I'd challenge you to a deadlifting contest. 🏆

    But honestly, after so long without the really heavy stuff, I have no idea what I could lift at this point. You're probably way stronger than me.

    Congrats on your NSV! Keep it up. Weight training has given me great aesthetic results, but those strong, supportive muscles have also had the awesome side effect of increasing my running/biking pace and endurance AND helped me prevent injury. (Before weights - when I was younger 12+ years ago - I used to get all these annoying little injuries and aches and pains from running. But now, I can't even remember the last time I got injured, except that it was before I started strength training.) I'm not getting any younger, so anything I can do to fortify my body and prevent injury is going to be part of my routine. ⭐
  • supercpa999supercpa999 Member Posts: 357 Member Member Posts: 357 Member
    You have made great progress, very impressive and inspirational. Well done.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 771 Member Member Posts: 771 Member
    jenilla1 wrote: »
    Was that you I saw over on the NSV thread rocking some deadlifts? I thought you said you weren't really working on weight training...sneaky...

    Hi!

    Yep, I hadn't really been working on it of late so that's why I was happily surprised I could still do that lift. I really agree with you about the multiple benefits of weight lifting. It's great to be strong - but also really great to be resilient! That's one reason why I'm getting back into it at this point. I want to get at least somewhat stronger before I have to go back to work, since it's going to be much tougher to get in time for lifting once I have to make a long commute every day.

    Oh, and Supercpa999, thank you for your kind thoughts!

  • Nikki542687Nikki542687 Member Posts: 27 Member Member Posts: 27 Member
    Great job!! Keep up the good work. I just started my journey (for about the 6th time) a little over a week ago and your post is inspiration and gives me the motivation to keep it up.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 771 Member Member Posts: 771 Member
    Great job!! Keep up the good work. I just started my journey (for about the 6th time) a little over a week ago and your post is inspiration and gives me the motivation to keep it up.

    Woohoo! Glad I could be of help. Welcome back to the path to health! We're all on it together.
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 771 Member Member Posts: 771 Member
    This is a long one - I think they just keep getting longer. Even so, I think it's important to share the challenges as well as the triumphs.

    https://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Sand_TIger/view?id=thinking-about-struggles-992934
  • jenilla1jenilla1 Member Posts: 11,127 Member Member Posts: 11,127 Member
    Great blog post! ⭐⭐⭐
  • jenilla1jenilla1 Member Posts: 11,127 Member Member Posts: 11,127 Member
    Sand_TIger wrote: »

    I agree that the few extra pounds is probably mostly water weight from the increased workload/strength training. It's takes FOREVER to actually gain lean mass as a female, at least for me, and that's why I do whatever I can to maintain what I have! (It breaks my heart when I see women dropping weight too fast and losing lean mass! It's just soooo hard to get that back.) But recomp does happen! I've done it!

    Anything sudden is probably that water weight, tho. I notice that when I take a short break from training, and I'm sedentary for a couple of days, I drop a pound or two as that "swole" goes down, LOL! When I train hard, I gain a pound or two. So my maintenance weight fluctuates up and down a couple of pounds all the time depending on my activity level. I really think that's pretty typical.

    How I measure myself these days is actually just mostly by visually observing my body, how my clothes fit, and my fitness performance. I do use the scale once a day just to pay attention to the trends. If it moved a lot, then I'd have to reevaluate, but it's usually just these little fluctuations with increased or decreased activity.

    Great blog post!
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 771 Member Member Posts: 771 Member
    Thanks Jenilla! Totally agreed, too. I visually observe my body and monitor trends daily with the scale. Daily weighing helps me freak out less about fluctuations too. But yeah! I'm right with you especially with the lean loss mass. I know I probably lost quite a bit of muscle during my own weight loss, but at the same time it's now a lot safer for me to train hard. So there's that. Thanks for your thoughts! :)
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