Weeks one and two you are gung-ho. Heck, the first month you’re usually still going strong. But heading into the second or third month, and your diet and exercise plan can start to feel fatiguing and downright draining.
But even if the scale is not budging, you have to celebrate and cling to every win. Every step closer to your goal is significant no matter how big or small.
I just had my body assessment done, and I’m down about 1% body fat in 3 weeks to 13.6%. It’s not much but somethings is something, right? And even though the scale has stayed the same, I’ve increased lean body mass by a pound to 112 lbs.
I’m in the 7th week of training for my first fitness competition of the season. While the scale hasn’t changed much, I feel stronger and, of course, the clothes are fitting better.
I met with my posing coach for the first time yesterday and went through the basic figure poses and routines. I have a lot of work to do, but she was excited about my lats so that makes me thrilled about my progress.
Can’t wait to see what the next 2-4 weeks will bring!
If you’re on a journey to get healthier, get stronger, lose weight, this is around the time many folks give up or get discouraged. Don’t.
Trust in the process. Make tweaks where you have to. I’m currently tweaking my diet to compensate for what seems to be food sensitivities I have now that I didn’t used to have! Here’s a helpful article that discusses how to lose fat and build muscle https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/6-ways-to-reduce-body-fat-while-increasing-muscle.html
Our bodies change as we get older, and “healthy” foods that helped us lose weight in our 20’s and 30’s may not help, but hinder you, in your 40’s and 50’s.
Be patient. Sometimes it takes time to figure out your body.
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