Osteoporosis is very common, affecting one in three women and one in twelve men over the age of 50. By my age, more than 50% of women have Osteoporosis. Take a look at that picture above, and you will know why it is unreasonable to ask a woman with osteoporosis to give waist measurements in a slimming forum as evidence that she is slimming. Given I have three spinal compression fractures, I am rather pleased with the size of my waist, but it is possible for it to expand and to be still losing body fat.
The weight bearing exercises I now do helps guard me against further injury. The muscle I build also shows on the scales as a gain. I cannot work in a slimming forum where strengthening my body with muscle gain is seen as a negative, and this is why I need to work away from most slimming forums., it is not because I do not support and encourage slimming forum members to achieve the healthy goals they set themselves.
One size doesn't fit all, in clothes or support forums.
With the knowledge that I have osteoporosis and the compression fractures of the spine that follow with it, you will understand why I do not want to slim at any cost. I do not want to be involved in forums where I would get pats on the back for losing weight when I am after a healthy body composition and understand that the scales do not measure this.
I do have a great group of people I can work with for support and my gym instructors, but these are in paid fitness programs. That is why I started my ‘loving ourselves, forum
Existing forums are great for those who want to set weight goals; it is time for me to move on to fitness goals and see increased metabolism, excess fat release as a side benefit, not my exclusive focus.
Bathroom scales measure weight; they do not differentiate between lean, healthy tissue and excess body fat.
Scales do not consistently show evidence and reward the people who are focusing on building a fit, healthy body, protecting themselves from osteoporosis by ensuring they do not lose muscle as they lose weight and gain age.
Many slimmers hit plateaus, and the weight stays stationary after restricting calories and focusing on achieving weight loss as a goal for a long time. Some look for answers outside themselves to raise their metabolism when the answer is within their bodies. As we lose weight through the loss of muscle, along with fat, we lower our metabolism until weight loss becomes difficult. Some of us find we have also decreased our bone density largely because of this muscle loss.
The answer for me came from learning to let go of my focus on the scales and concentrate on doing what I need to do to have a healthy body, which in turn allows me to lead the happy, active life I love.
I am slimming, and I do weigh myself, but I am focusing on fitness and not the scales. Because of my fitness actions, I am building healthy muscle and bone; I am releasing excess body fat and increasing my metabolism, once more.