Something interesting has happened since I last posted. I read an interesting eBook about discipline and one of the rules was to not snack. I gasped when I saw this strategy. For me, snacking is how I lost my 40 pounds. I ate small meals throughout the day with a couple of snacks to hold me over.
I took the no snacking challenge. What the eBook advised was to eat slightly bigger meals three times a day. Made sense to me but it was a balance because I shouldn’t be gorging myself three times a day.
The result was less hunger pangs and better mindset into dinner and into the evening. I dipped to 199 but then something else happened too.
Adding Muscle but Not Losing Weight
As part of my ongoing strategy for injury free running, I take strength training more seriously. For the last month, I’ve been using a workout a co-worker gave me, and it’s been awesome. The workout provides a lot of runner type strength building movements.
The other tactic I’ve added was 100 pushups, 100 squats, and 100 crunches – 6 days a week. This came at the suggestion of the eBook. I thought – why not?
Where things got interesting is that I was building muscle and not losing weight.
At first I got a little salty with the scale, but then I tried on a pair of pants I haven’t been able to wear for over a year. Then, I was smiling. They fit!
Suddenly, I had to pull another notch on belt because it was too loose.
What I realized was that I lost an inch or two, built muscle, but wasn’t necessarily losing weight. It’s kind of a good position to be in but it doesn’t get me closer to my 185 goal. Or will it and it will just take longer?
What are your experiences with building muscle and not losing weight? Does it just take longer? Leave a comment! Thanks for reading.
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