Weight Loss Before and After: Part 8

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Weight Loss Before and After: Part 6

Weight Loss Before and After: Part 7

I was really hoping that today I could tell you I’d lost the final 2 pounds, but sadly that’s not the case. I had my weigh-in on Tuesday and was surprised to see that I’d actually gained about a pound! (now at 131 pounds) Fortunately it was all muscle weight. I gained nearly 2 pounds of muscle (yay!), but I only lost about 1 pound of fat.

Anyway, since I’m now doing free weights with lots of squats and lunges, it looks like I’ll keep gaining muscle, so I can’t say 128 pounds is my goal weight anymore. My weight might go up or stay the same, but the main goal is to reach 24% body fat. To get to 24%, I still need to lose a little over 1 pound of fat. It’s not much, but I do want to slim down my tummy and arms before I begin my maintenance diet, so the nutritionist put me on a stricter diet for the next 2 weeks to finish once and for all.

The gym clothes I’ve had for a year or more no longer fit me properly, so last week I went to Cancun’s outlet mall and got some discounted workout outfits. They’re all dry-fit, which is great because I don’t have to worry about everyone at the gym seeing my sweat seep through my clothes. Not a good look!

Here are some before, during and after pics in my workout clothes:

Before: 160 pounds

During: 145 pounds

During: 145 pounds

Now: 131 pounds (New Nike shirt and Underarmour pants)

Now: 131 pounds (another Nike top and Underarmour pants)

Now: 131 pounds (Nike running shorts and top I got for Christmas last year but couldn't wear until now) Legs are looking pretty good, yes?

I have been a little frustrated with my tummy not being flat yet, but now that I see the “during” pics from when I was halfway through my weight loss, I can see it’s come a loooong way! If you are on a weight loss journey, I strongly recommend lots of progress pics. It really helps to keep you motivated when you can’t feel any changes.

Wish me luck on the final leg of my diet! Once the small amount of unwanted fat is gone, I’ll be able to focus 100% on exercise and building some more muscle.

14 thoughts on “Weight Loss Before and After: Part 8

  1. You look fantastic! You’ve stayed so focused that you’ve motivated me to get off my fat &$$!

    Love the new clothes!

  2. Hi Laura,

    Yes. Muscle does weigh more than fat. You can really see the tone in your arms and legs, as well as muscular development in the last shot. My measurements will be taken in two weeks! So nervous.
    By the way, would you consider being one of my stories of inspiration?

  3. I happened onto this site after doing a search on losing 30 pounds. This is very inspiring! I began my fitness plan in September weighing 167 pounds – I’m now at 158 :). Seeing your accomplishment is inspiring me to continue my weight loss plan, and not lose hope. You look amazing!

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