My body is definitely going through a transition phase. I’m so grateful that Steve prepared me for what may happen: possible weight gain until my metabolism is settled. My body has to learn to believe me again. For someone who has been yo-yo dieting for as long as I did, it can take your body as much as 28 days to get used to being fed regularly. It’s almost like you have to convince your metabolism that you’re really feeding it properly. It has to learn that it gets food and nutrition regularly and it doesn’t have to try and “save” everything it gets, around your hips. If the foundation of a building is flawed, the walls will crack and the building will be unstable – even dangerous. Getting your metabolism to function properly again, is like fixing the foundation. If you don’t do it, whatever you try and build on that foundation isn’t likely to last. Long term thinking…
|Themba and I after a training session.|
Themba took me through the process. Stats: I gained 0.5kg, lost fat, muscle remained the same, bone density increased and water retention was way higher than the previous time. My waist-hip ratio decreased by three units…yay! I’ve been in spaces and places where a bit of weight gain would have been met with stern gazes, sermons and side-eye. By this time the Dream Body Fitness gym staff know how dedicated I am and the first thing Themba asked, was where I was in my hormonal cycle. When I told him, he was gracious and gentle.
Here’s the thing: I weighed during the wrong time of my hormonal cycle. Two days before weigh-day, I started feeling bloated. I could hardly get my wedding ring on and off my finger (it’s not normally tight at all). My voice of reason said, “Don’t weigh.” But the parent ego state said, “You’re a coward and you’re a fat coward. You have to weigh.” I have to learn to listen to my body. It doesn’t lie. I know all the signs and I know my body’s voice. I just choose to ignore it at times. And I have to learn to love my body enough not to go into parent mode wanting to punish it. After all, it’s the only body I have.
This experience emphasised the value of the InBody scan: your weight can be deceptive. When you get onto a scale, it weighs EVERYTHING – from your hair to your toenails. But if you only see the weight, you don’t know how much each component weighs. The InBody scan does a very neat analysis of your body composition. And it certainly prevented a crazy head trip in my case.
The original article can be found here.