Everyone that has ever lost weight has wondered if people notice. You’ve all been there, right? You go from couch potato/slacker to intense gym athlete. You shift your mental image of yourself, and in your head you’re this buff, athletic, ripped, healthy person. But your body is still covered with a thick layer of fat. You still wear the same clothes, maybe a tad loser, or maybe in a size smaller. You power on, and keep up with the many nights (or mornings) of gym visits and sweat.
And then the miraculous happens. Someone makes a comment. “Have you lost weight?” or maybe “You look really good by the way!” The day you’ve been waiting for, for weeks, or even months (in my case), has finally arrived. Someone else validates all your hard work.
In the past week this has happened not once, but twice. It helps that it has happened with people I either haven’t seen regularly, or for several months. It hasn’t been with my closest friends, or coworkers, but it finally happened!!! (insert happy dance)
Now, remember, I’m at virtually the same weight I was in March. I weighed 211 then. I weigh 209-210 now (or I did last week…. haven’t officially weighed myself yet this week). My clothes still fit the same mostly. But I know I have significantly increased my muscle mass. So while this is amazing to me, and makes me giddy, I also wonder, “huh?” In 4-5 months I’ve lost 2 pounds. Yet 2 sets of people (one I haven’t seen since March, the others I see about every month or so) both said I looked really really good since they saw me last. Again, “Huh?”
I think this goes to show that weight alone is not a good indication of health. If I weigh 2 pounds less, but look loads better, that must mean that I’ve lost more weight and just put on more muscle. Either way, I’ll take it!