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  • rtermrterm Member Posts: 13 Member Member Posts: 13 Member
    Well there are several ways to look at daily weighings. I find that they are excellent "course corrections" for me, and the increases or decreases in weight usually correlate well with my calorie consumption from the day before. Perhaps other people's metabolism makes daily weighings unreliable.
    I do agree that over a longer period of time (weeks) the scale should be giving you good feedback.
  • WandRsmomWandRsmom Member Posts: 251 Member Member Posts: 251 Member
    rterm wrote: »
    Pictures are great if you've achieved your weight goals, and want to show it to others. For me, my daily weighings on the scale is my ultimate scoring machine. If my weight goes up it proves that I ate too much the day before, and if my weight goes down, it validates my calorie counts on MFP, where I stayed below the goal.

    Hmmm I guess, we just differ (and that's Ok). I just don't love wieght as a dtermining factor for much at this point. I mean yeah I weigh myself every so often and there is a range I know I am most comfortable in but it's a range of 10lbs and could be more again, depending on how i feel.

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    Shockingly enough my weight doesn't change much between these pictures. Not even the 10 lbs but I prefer the last one. (It's post gym pump lol) and it isn't the last one where I weigh the most even though it may look like it. So I guess I like pictures for many reasons but mainly for me I can look very different at relatively the same weight. If that makes sense. And I don't want to get caught up on a number at this point.

    But if scale weight works for you, that's great.

  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 18,745 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,745 Member
    @WandRsmom, every time I see photos of your legs, like in those skinny jeans above, or the white ones you posted on another thread . . . yeah. Those calves! Those ankles! Those quads!

    I get the appeal of having a strong body, of the strong upper body, all that goodness, I really do . . . but woman, *your legs*! 🤩
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Member Posts: 3,050 Member Member Posts: 3,050 Member
    I concur, you have fantabulous legs! I'm so jelly. But can we also talk about that adorable dimple?!

    Photos have always been important to me because I can look VERY different at the same weight depending on the amount of muscle mass and body fat I have.
  • WandRsmomWandRsmom Member Posts: 251 Member Member Posts: 251 Member
    I concur, you have fantabulous legs! I'm so jelly. But can we also talk about that adorable dimple?!

    Photos have always been important to me because I can look VERY different at the same weight depending on the amount of muscle mass and body fat I have.

    Thank you! And agree. Pictures really bring it home
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member, Premium Posts: 24,806 Member Member, Premium Posts: 24,806 Member
    Not to be a total bandwagoner, but your legs are amazing and I really like your sense of style.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 18,745 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,745 Member
    WandRsmom wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    @WandRsmom, every time I see photos of your legs, like in those skinny jeans above, or the white ones you posted on another thread . . . yeah. Those calves! Those ankles! Those quads!

    I get the appeal of having a strong body, of the strong upper body, all that goodness, I really do . . . but woman, *your legs*! 🤩

    Thank you! Tbh part of why I like the look of the last pic more is because (for me) my legs were kinda skinny in the skinny jean picture, just kinda . I havent gained much weight wise since then but my legs are larger and barely squeeze into those jeans, now. I like alll that muscle. So I don't mind gaining size, at all.

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    That's a fairly decent image.

    And this is them not post workout.

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    I would love it if my upper body could catch up lol

    Even in that photo you don't like as much, the nice rise of your quads is visible *even through the jeans*. Yeah, the flex-y one above in the blue shorts really shows the definition through the full length of your legs. Nice!

    I hear what you're saying about different zones of the body. I think some of it (generically, not now talking about you alone) is not just muscular development (recognizing that different people can respond differently even to the same stimulus, because bodies are weird). The patterns of fat distribution also matter, visually (and we do need some level of essential body fat, so I'm not stumping for "lean above all, for all").

    I think I'm kind of the opposite of you, in some ways. My upper body (especially back) tends to look more defined, even at relatively low muscle mass, because my upper body subcutaneous fat layer depletes nearly completely, earlier, while things below my ribcage, certainly through hips, have substantial squishiness/fat, and maybe farther down still has a decent subcutaneous fat blanket, too. My quads are reasonably strong, but legs tend to just look study rather than muscular. (Do I care? No. Just an observation. Do I lift? Not much, and rarely, even though that's not going to help any of this definition/mass stuff, of course. The routine 1000+ reps/hour, of body weight plus boat weight, has some benefits for strength and muscle, but lifting is the more efficient path on those fronts, of course. Maybe I'd have lovely legs, if I were better about lifting, instead. 😉 )

    You look *great*. OK, I'll stop gushing! 🤐😆
  • WandRsmomWandRsmom Member Posts: 251 Member Member Posts: 251 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    WandRsmom wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    @WandRsmom, every time I see photos of your legs, like in those skinny jeans above, or the white ones you posted on another thread . . . yeah. Those calves! Those ankles! Those quads!

    I get the appeal of having a strong body, of the strong upper body, all that goodness, I really do . . . but woman, *your legs*! 🤩

    Thank you! Tbh part of why I like the look of the last pic more is because (for me) my legs were kinda skinny in the skinny jean picture, just kinda . I havent gained much weight wise since then but my legs are larger and barely squeeze into those jeans, now. I like alll that muscle. So I don't mind gaining size, at all.

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    That's a fairly decent image.

    And this is them not post workout.

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    I would love it if my upper body could catch up lol

    Even in that photo you don't like as much, the nice rise of your quads is visible *even through the jeans*. Yeah, the flex-y one above in the blue shorts really shows the definition through the full length of your legs. Nice!

    I hear what you're saying about different zones of the body. I think some of it (generically, not now talking about you alone) is not just muscular development (recognizing that different people can respond differently even to the same stimulus, because bodies are weird). The patterns of fat distribution also matter, visually (and we do need some level of essential body fat, so I'm not stumping for "lean above all, for all").

    I think I'm kind of the opposite of you, in some ways. My upper body (especially back) tends to look more defined, even at relatively low muscle mass, because my upper body subcutaneous fat layer depletes nearly completely, earlier, while things below my ribcage, certainly through hips, have substantial squishiness/fat, and maybe farther down still has a decent subcutaneous fat blanket, too. My quads are reasonably strong, but legs tend to just look study rather than muscular. (Do I care? No. Just an observation. Do I lift? Not much, and rarely, even though that's not going to help any of this definition/mass stuff, of course. The routine 1000+ reps/hour, of body weight plus boat weight, has some benefits for strength and muscle, but lifting is the more efficient path on those fronts, of course. Maybe I'd have lovely legs, if I were better about lifting, instead. 😉 )

    You look *great*. OK, I'll stop gushing! 🤐😆

    Very true. I feel like my back just wants to hold onto fat 🤣🤣. Even when lean it's the most fatty part. Ah such is life.
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 308 Member Member Posts: 308 Member
    WandRsmom wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    @WandRsmom, every time I see photos of your legs, like in those skinny jeans above, or the white ones you posted on another thread . . . yeah. Those calves! Those ankles! Those quads!

    I get the appeal of having a strong body, of the strong upper body, all that goodness, I really do . . . but woman, *your legs*! 🤩

    Thank you! Tbh part of why I like the look of the last pic more is because (for me) my legs were kinda skinny in the skinny jean picture, just kinda . I havent gained much weight wise since then but my legs are larger and barely squeeze into those jeans, now. I like alll that muscle. So I don't mind gaining size, at all.

    ul944oyx29tj.png

    That's a fairly decent image.

    And this is them not post workout.

    w7657p8hkgh8.png.

    I would love it if my upper body could catch up lol

    I'd love if my lower body would catch up to my upper body, lol! I even work my lower body/glutes more than upper body, but like people have said, I believe genetics have a large part of where we carry our fat (even when not really "fat").

    Even in high school when I was pretty much starving myself, BMI of 18.5 and exercising how women mostly exercised back in the 90's (I did Kathy Smith and Cher's step aerobic videos--no joke!), my thighs and butt were still pretty "sturdy." My best friend (who was amply-endowed in the chest but had muscular legs) and I used to joke we'd like to trade body parts.
  • WandRsmomWandRsmom Member Posts: 251 Member Member Posts: 251 Member
    Not to be a total bandwagoner, but your legs are amazing and I really like your sense of style.

    Thank you! And I work in a clothing store. So that helps with style. 😁😁
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