Weight Loss In Spite Of Myself

If you remember, back about a month ago now, and the behest of my doctor, I added so weight training to my exercise routine as we noticed that I was losing muscle from my cholesterol medications and besides simply dropping the medications for a time, he felt that it was good that I add this to my routine which had been strictly cardio (walking) up until that point.

I was concerned that adding muscle, even though I knew that it was the right thing to do, was going to slow my weight loss.  And you know what?  It was true!  This went on for about 3 weeks as I started adding about 10 minutes if weight training to my daily routine.  I went for three weeks only loosing about 2 – 3 lbs.  Even though I believed everything I was writing in this blog about replacing muscle with fat and the benefits of it, I still found myself questioning the need when my loss came to almost a standstill.

What has happened now, is exactly as I wrote would.  I have been gradually adding the muscle which is replacing the fat and guess what?  I’m burning even more fat faster!  Now this should be no surprise as we all know this to be true, but when it’s you and your body, you still have a tendency to “question” the sanity of it all when the weight loss slows to almost undetectable rates for a period of time.  Stick with it!  The weight loss does resume and for the past couple of weeks anyway, it has actually even accelerated a bit to where I’m loosing up to 2 pounds a week.

Another thing that I’m finding interesting, is that I more and more actually feel guilty if I don’t think I’m going to get my daily exercise in for one reason or another.  Now that must sound a bit strange because it does to me too, but what it really says is that the exercise habit is finally occurring and becoming part of my life style and not just something I am doing simply to loose weight.  I have been writing for months how important it is to do that if you are going to maintain a healthy lifestyle and not just turn around and put the weight right back on.

Now that I am finally reaching that goal that I set for myself and also realizing the reality of why I have pushed the “weight loss one pound at a time” ideal all along, it feels really good.  I don’t have near as many urges to eat food I shouldn’t anymore, and exercise is now just “something I do because I enjoy it” and not “something I do because I have to”.  That I believe will make all the difference for me and anyone else trying to lose weight with this method over the long haul and keeping it off.  Stick with it.  I was fat just “one pound ago” and I won’t be for much longer.  Join me, you’ll thank yourself!

Update:  Starting weight was 275 lbs, and a 44 inch waist.  As of today I am at 213 lbs. with a 35 inch waist.  Average daily walk is 3.5 miles at 47 minutes walk time.  I spend 10 minutes on the weight machine immediately following my walk and ending with 30 sit ups on the ab lounge.

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