22 April 2009

The Last Thirty Pounds

photo of koko sitting on a boxAs I come within the final 30 pounds of my weight goal, I have noticed that things have started to happen very slowly. My weight has basically stalled at 215 lbs and my fat loss seems to have slowed to a veritable crawl. Now, with regards to the actual pounds lost I am not that concerned, because I am continuing with my strength training routine. I figure that if I gain a pound or two or, if I happen to remain the same weight, I can just chalk it up to building muscle. However, when it comes to not seeing any results in the fat loss department, that is when I start to have concerns.

As I have stated before, when you first begin to lose weight, the fat will first start to disappear from your legs, arms, back, neck, buttocks, and finally your midsection. This is why it is important to take baseline measurements before you begin your diet, because your initial fat loss may not be that noticeable. With that being said, I have noticed that the fat around most of my body, with the noticeable exception of the old tummy, has mainly disappeared. Yes, I have lost a tremendous amount from my midsection, but it seems that these last thirty pounds are fighting like crazy to remain.

I figured that I had lost most of the fat from around my extremities, but over these past few months, I seem to have been mistaken. Just recently, I have noticed that the veins in my arms and legs are beginning to show. I never really paid much attention before, simply because I had never seen them before. But, there they are and this can only mean one thing: my body is still in the process of rendering my entire body of the fat I have so carefully cultivated over many years. It seems like my belly fat, acting like an unwanted guest, seems unwilling to leave.

I have observed, throughout this entire process, that even though we do not lose fat the way we would like (belly first), we do lose it. It is a much more gradual and systematic way and although it seems like it takes forever, try not to lose hope. You will discover that all your hard work and dedication is paying off. You will notice that the fat is disappearing, just not where you would like it. The main point is: I am still losing the fat and I should stop complaining about where it is being taken from.

6 comments:

  1. The way a body loses fat can be frustrating and it seems everyone loses (and gains) it differently than others with most everyone losing it faster than me! But, it sounds like you are doing a great job in toning up and I wish you continued success!

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  2. BeadedTail: Thank you very much. It just seems that the closer i get to the goal, the less patience I seem to have:)

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  3. I am doing ok but its not easy I was always thin but after chemo both feet broken and paxil I put on 50 pounds now blood work is terrble but i have lost 15 pounds since feb of this year try no fats, sweets and off the paxil I guess I will make it and you will too my friend

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  4. LUCKYLADY: That is a very difficult thing that you are doing and I applaud your dedication. I gained a great deal of weight when I had a broken foot; I was in bed for several weeks (I did not go to the doctor). Good luck and you are an inspiration to everyone who is trying to lose weight. Have a great weekend:)

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  5. Yep, the stomach is always last, darn it! And that's always the part you want to see go down the most.
    You will turn sideways and suck it in in the mirror for months waiting for it to look the way you want! LOL!
    But keep at it.... it WILL happen as long as you stay consistent! ;)

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  6. The Fitness Diva: I know and as I get closer to my goal, it seems to take even longer. I know, I need to have patience, but after 1 1/2 years, it is getting harder. Oh well, I've stuck it out this long, I'll see this through to the end. After all, I really like the way I am looking...a lot better than I was 1 1/2 years ago. Have a great weekend:)

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