I'm frustrated. After years of slowly gaining weight and failing to lose it dieting (and I have tried all kinds of diets, making myself miserable in the process) I decided to hit the gym. I used to go and had told myself I would go back when I was thinner and less embarrassed. But I bit the bullet 5 months ago and I have really persevered. I go and I work hard there 3 times a week. For as long as I could afford it one of those times was with a personal trainer who really pt me through the wringer, and I make sure i work as hard as I can. In addition I do zumba once a week and a body combat class once a week. And I swim once or twice a week. I can feel the difference in my fitness, and I now have visible muscles on my arms and legs, but I haven;t lost any weight. And as someone who could lose 8 stones and not be at the low end of normal this is a concern for me. I'm not an angel when it comes to eating, but I don't eat much sugary and processed food. My trainer marvelled at how strong I am, but I am worried that I am damaging my joints by doing so much exercise when I am this heavy, and although I am glad to feel healthier I also feel sad that I have not lost the weight I hate so much. I hate the way I look and it takes a real effort to suspend my emotions, put on the leggings and start on the cross trainer. I am much too self conscious to go to a slimming group and when I went to see my GP last year she told me to just get on with losing weight before my blood pressure gave me a stroke. I understand that muscle is heavier than fat-but how long do I have to wait to see the scale move down?