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mayfly2010-05-02 13:33:16 +0000 #1
Hello All,

I am new to this website, but have to get some opinions on this and appreciate your honest feedback. I have been spinning for a few months now and have recently started instructing as well. I am 5'4" and 178 lbs, so I am not petite by any means. I know I am getting in some intense workouts at least 3 times/week and am feeling very frustrated because the scale is not budging. I actually started at 173, so am actually up 5 lbs. Over the past 5 years I have lost 100 pounds, and am dedicated to the scale. My clothes are not any tighter and I actually thought I looked like I was slimming down a smidge, but the #'s don't reflect how I feel. Help!!!! Has anyone else had weight gain or am I building up different muscles? Thanks!
crazybikinchic2010-05-02 13:46:38 +0000 #2
Don't look at the scale. Ask yourself how your clothes are fitting. My scale has not moved, but I have had a rash of people tell me I have lost weight. My shirt size has gone down and I have to continually pull my pants up, therefore my size is what is changing.
coyote2010-05-02 13:57:31 +0000 #3
Muscle weighs more then fat. Maybe give the scale up for one that measures body fat percent? My brother swears by them but I personally go by how my cloths fit and the scale. Congrats on having lost the 100lbs. That is quite an accomplishment.
Zen2010-05-02 14:18:46 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by coyote

Muscle weighs more then fat.

One cubic inch of muscle cells weighs more than one cubic inch of fat cells

A muscle cell resembles a pencil (like the kind they give you at Putt-Putt)

A fat cell resembles a marshmallow.

try keeping a food journal for a few days, especially spin days. Are you unconsciously eating more?

If your clothes still fit, don't sweat it. Safe weight loss is a slow process,

+/- 2lbs/week.
LBTC2010-05-02 14:59:01 +0000 #5
I also have a scale that measures weight, bodyfat percentage and pounds of muscle mass (amongst other things). I love it! While I generally agree with not using the scale to mark your progress, because muscle is heavier than fat, I have been in a situation of uncontrolled weight gain once before and vowed to always have a scale after that. So this is a nice way to do it. This lovely device has shown me that an increase in weight can definitely be an increase in muscle and a decrease in fat, so I love the machine!! If the price tag is too high, then you must simply do your best to convince yourself: by how you feel, how your clothes fit, how you look....

Congratulations on your fantastic weight loss! Sending lots of butterflies to help you keep on track with your fitness and health goals!

Hugs,

~T~
roadie gal2010-05-02 14:48:16 +0000 #6
Congrats on the weight loss!

Along with muscle weighing more than fat, I find that sometimes after a hard workout my weight is up a pound or two for a few days. I think it's from holding extra water.

I agree with the others, go by your clothes rather than the scale.
Miranda2010-05-02 16:05:48 +0000 #7
Congrats on the weight lose for sure! Lots a bunch myself. Taking it off is one thing, maintaining it another. Hitting a plateau can be very frustrating for sure. My post title is a thought for you on the situaiton. Have you had a checkup lately from the doc? Sometimes lots of things with ladies can make us hold onto #, regardless of our fitness efforts. Hormones changing can do it. Sometimes a thyroid being out ot whack, etc. Wearing my holiday winter eating coat right now unfortunately , but when I did find spinning, my last 10#s I thought was there to stay, just melted off. Somehow the spin interval training finally took hold, and broke me thru the plateau. Maybe a nutritionist might help. Sometimes we can have hidden things in our diet that add a ton of calories without even knowing it. Some ideas for you. Stick with it!
Dogmama2010-05-02 15:33:05 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by mayfly

Hello All,

I am new to this website, but have to get some opinions on this and appreciate your honest feedback. I have been spinning for a few months now and have recently started instructing as well. I am 5'4" and 178 lbs, so I am not petite by any means. I know I am getting in some intense workouts at least 3 times/week and am feeling very frustrated because the scale is not budging. I actually started at 173, so am actually up 5 lbs. Over the past 5 years I have lost 100 pounds, and am dedicated to the scale. My clothes are not any tighter and I actually thought I looked like I was slimming down a smidge, but the #'s don't reflect how I feel. Help!!!! Has anyone else had weight gain or am I building up different muscles? Thanks!

I see women in & out of the spinning classes on a daily basis & their shape never changes. Why? Because their diets are not clean and their bodies are actually getting accustomed to spinning. I think there is a mentality, too, that says, "I burned 500 calories at spinning, so this 300 calorie Hagen Daz won't hurt" when the reality is that she burned 300 calories at spinning & the Hagen Daz is 500 calories.

I would mix it up. Try jogging or fast walking. Start doing some weight training & review your diet. Do intervals on the bike, fast pace for a minute & recover for two minutes. Get a heart rate monitor so that you keep yourself honest during your intervals. Fast means 80% of your max heart rate - you should be breathing hard & sweating!

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