Different weight, same shape

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Since I joined SparkPeople in early August, I've managed to stick pretty well to the 1200-1500 daily calorie goals, I walk at 10-12 miles a week, and I've lost 25 pounds. (Woo Hoo!) One thing I've noticed, though, is that although my size is is beginning to shrink, my shape is still pretty much the same. My stomach still precedes me, I still have a double chin, and I still have what my brother-in-law refers to as my jowls (I sure hope those go away by the time I reach my goal). Just when I begin to feel pretty good about my progress, I walk past a mirror and get a visual reminder that it will, indeed, take me a year to reach my goals.

The good news about this is that time will help strengthen my new habits and provide opportunity to learn how to maintain my weight and exercise once I meet my goals. So for now I'll enjoy the fact that I'm increasing my stamina, strengthening my heart, lowering my cholesterol, and becoming more healthy overall. And I'll look forward to the day when I realize my shape has changed.
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    I want to lose yes! But what i really want is to feel better!@
    1315 days ago
    When I started, I was a big pear. Over 100 pounds gone, and I'm a smaller pear. One thing that won't change is your shape...but as another person posted, looks are important, but how you feel is even more important. I'm still amazed that I can go out, run 7 miles at a reasonable pace and still feel like a million bucks. I had dreamed of being able to be a runner and it's come true!

    Just keep in mind that you may not end up with the shape you want, but clothes can help cover a multitude of sins. Being able to be fit and do a lot of things that you want to do physically but never thought you can do? Priceless. :)

    Keep it going! You can do it!
    2694 days ago
    Remember that muscle is heavier than fat, but takes up less room. You may not see a big change in your shape, but how are your clothes fitting?? I bet there is a change there!! WooHoo! For you for losing 25 pounds!! Good job and keep up the good work!

    2724 days ago
  • SYZYGY922
    I have this same problem and I've lost almost 80 lbs! I still have rolls on my back and a "double belly." It's very frustrating. I just hope that over time it will tighten up.
    2737 days ago
    I too know how you feel that silly woman seems to jump into all my pictures and my mirror at my house ! I feel so good till I see my reflection but I know that I feel physically better and my clothes are loser so I must fight on and the "image " will follow too hopefully. My double chin drives me crazy in all my pics ! It will get better the closer we get to our goal ,,,,, for me its just that this time My goal is so much farther away that I must NOT dwell on it too long but instead on how I feel now and will get there eventually !

    2738 days ago
    I can relate although you h ave lost more weight than I have. Minor changes in looks but the real plus is how much better I feel. Shrinkage takes time but we can feel better about our healthier choices now!
    2739 days ago
    I'm so proud of your work toward a healthier you! You described how you look, but how do you FEEL?
    2740 days ago
    Great job, Remember, a mirror does not reflect everything that is changing.
    2741 days ago
    How quickly your body bounces back depends on a number of factors. How long you have been overweight, your age, and of course your genetics. It will take some time even after you have reached your goal. Many women I've known who lost a large amount of weight didn't see a big change for years after and were considering surgery because it took so long. Keep hydrated, massage your body with a good quality lotion (I can't live without my cocoa butter! I have so many stretch marks.) after every shower and before bed to keep the blood flow up and increase your skins elasticity. Most important: Be patient emoticon
    2741 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Healthy often starts "from the inside out". emoticon

    Don't give up. Just keep puttin' one foot in front of the day at a time. Keep facing forward in the direction you want to be!
    2741 days ago
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