I am starting week four of a 12 weekdiet/fitness bootcamp. I am a 56yo female and joined the camp to attempt to move from an average, lackluster fitness routine (that was pretty much all cardio) to something that really tones, improves flexibility, and would slim down my post-M thick belly. I started the camp at 5.5″, 134 pounds. I have pushed myself hard. I am using dumbells and resistance bands and lifting/pushing stronger weight that I ever have – increasing every week. Sometimes the weight is so heavy I can’t do all the reps and I am shaking, so I know I am pushing. My cardio is very stepped-up interval type training and a combination of things. I am doing a ton of stretching before, during, and after, and can see my flexibility improving. On one hand, I am super proud of my accomplishments in three weeks. I could not do one push up in the beginning, and can do eight in a row now. I have given birth to a baby bicep and lost four inches off my waist, an inch off my hips and bust. All this has been done while “clean eating”, holding my caloric intake but eliminating gluten and sugar. Sooooo, considering this super hard work, I am very puzzled. I have lost one pound of body weight. Seriously? How does someone work so hard and not see a bigger overall impact? Yep, I hear that I am 56 and not seriously overweight to begin with – but I am puzzled. As I am continuing to increase my weights every time I lift ( 3x week going to 4x week starting next week) I need some dang encouragement!! Thanks for your help.
Hi S. Brown,
First, congratulations on your accomplishment! As a trainer, I see a huge impact here! You should be very proud of what you have achieved so far. Actually, you are in a position that many women find frustrating–hard work yet little budge on the scale in the beginning. I see this a lot. However, you have gained muscle–and you see what a difference it makes in how your clothes fit as well as inches off our waistline. I think it’s fabulous! Please keep in mind all of the wonderful ways this is reshaping your body, and think of the weight loss as a “side effect”. Your metabolism is changing, and the weight loss may just take some more time.
The fact that you are starting to see muscle means your body fat is dropping. I also agree with Harris that you should have a body fat measurement done, and then have it checked again at the end of your Bootcamp (8 more weeks should be enough time to see some change). This will be a great motivator for you.
I think you rock, S. Brown! Keep going!
I guess your trainer didn’t measure your body fat % before you started your class, since you haven’t mentioned it. It looks like you are doing everything right and you are in a positive direction. I wouldn’t worry too much about the body weight, but instead pay more attention to all of the other positive improvements that have happened to you since you joined that class. Don’t feel discouraged, keep doing what you are doing because it’s working and your goal should be the overall fitness (which you are obviously improving) and not bother with the fact your BW hasn’t changed that much.
Ask your trainer to do a body fat assessment on you to see where you stand. From the information you have provided here, my guess is that you must have dropped your BF% since you started. It would be more beneficial for you to focus on that number than any pounds lost :-).
I hope this helps and keep up the good job you are doing!