I am a fraction of a pound away from having lost 30lbs. I have probably lost closer to 35lbs of body fat, but I have gained muscle so I stick to calling it based on the scale.
My body has changed in ways that I didn’t imagine it could. When I started this weight-loss journey 6 months ago, I obviously had high hopes… but there is always a slight trickle of doubt that burrows it’s ugly head into the back of your mind.
I’ve realized that how your clothes fit is a much better indication of your progress than the scale is. A lot of my clothes don’t fit me anymore – even things that I fit into before I put on some weight. The other day I wore shorts that I hadn’t worn comfortably in probably 4-5 years. I repeat my work outfits on a weekly basis – a good and a bad thing! Good, of course, because I would rather my clothes be big than too tight. Bad, because getting dressed in the morning is so difficult! A pair of pants that used to be tight are now huge, sagging on my butt and giving me a bit of a MC Hammer crotch!
People have been noticing my progress much more lately than they ever have. They say “it takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice.” Well, that has been true for me in a sense. Not those exact numbers, but the concept.
My friends, family and coworkers have been commenting on my weight-loss more frequently over the past month than they have since I began this process – almost as if all of my hard work just started to show. I have been noticing, obviously. My immediate family has noticed. My boyfriend has noticed. But it has taken some time for others to really see the changes in my body.
Hearing that people are taking note of my progress has been such a confidence-booster, especially considering all of the time, energy and effort I have put in. However, many people keep saying how SKINNY I am getting. “Gosh Katie, you’re just melting away,” “Where is your body??”, “You’re so skinny! 30lbs? Maybe you should stop!” While I am sure they mean well, it’s not what I am going for and I don’t want people thinking that.
My goal is not to be skinny. My goal is to be FIT.
I lift weights. I am gradually becoming toned. I am not skin and bone – which is what I consider skinny. I actually still have a ways to go before I am actually “skinny.” There is a huge difference between melting off the fat by dieting and/or increasing cardio for exercise, and eating clean and doing heavy strength training. I am leaning out, gaining muscle, and getting HEALTHY – not skinny.
Here’s to not quitting!