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Adjusting Sails

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

I am 88lbs of pure MUSCLE!

Yeah, not very impressive, is it? I'm petite at 5'0", but this still sounds puny. Bleh!

And I've got 41lbs of pure FAT!

Bleh, bleh, bleh!

Once I figured out my numbers of lean mass, I immediately started considering whether I should work on building more muscle first, or lose continue shedding fat.

Muscle will definitely improve my metabolism, but in order to do significant gains, I would have to increase my calories. Can't gain muscle in a calorie deficit. Anyone who says otherwise is mistaken. The only case where that is true is someone who is extremely out of shape and very overweight. The body will compensate by adding more muscle, even when in deficit.

It's summer time, so I've decided that I will continue focusing on shedding fat, and I'll just accept I'll be a runt for a little while. I'm hoping to set my goal weight to 110lbs. At the end of summer, I'll work on adding body mass.

Yes, 110 is very small. Before anyone gets concerned about it, I'm 5'0". I have 88lbs lean mass. 110lbs is 21% bodyfat, which is the lower end of normal.

While many girls would love to be that tiny, I do not. I'd rather have more muscle. I'm active, and I'd love to be a pseudo athlete. I'd rather be sleek and lean like a cheetah.

So my goal for the summer term is 88lbs muscle/22lbs fat ~ 110lbs.

In the winter, I will get a personal trainer to help me bulk up properly. Not that I will not be 'bulky' muscle like a man. I'm a woman. I lack testosterone to get the BIG muscles. I will just get tighter and leaner, like a cheetah.

The women you see with really huge, man-like muscles have to do it by taking steroids. Or they have an unnatural level of testosterone for a woman. Lay off the steroids if you don't want to look like a man, but pick up the weights.

[Edit: Some women may big up more easily, but this is generally not the norm.]

I am positive that I now know the correct formula to shed fat. It requires some sacrifice.

I see myself as a pseudo athlete, not a runway model.

I want to look like this:

So it starts with this:

To be healthy, do this:

I am active, so I am healthy. But I am still fat. I have learned that body shape really is 80% what goes in here:

In order to get this:

I have discovered I need to get rid of this:

Sure I enjoy bread, pasta, and rice. Rice being my favorite of the three. But I have discovered that I don't need it. The most nutritious slice of bread cannot compete with a big bowl of salad for vitamins, mineral and nutrition. I have also discovered that I don't want it as much as this:

If all it takes is ditching the grains and starches, all I can say is, I wish I had done it sooner. I wish I had not banged my head against brick walls. I wish I had not continued to try to force a square in a round hole. My dietary component was just wrong, wrong, wrong for my goals.

My goal was always just over the horizon. All I had to do was adjust my sail.

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  • ANDREA409
    Yeah, obviously a lot of people don't have this problem...but a lot of people do. Like the people you see slogging their way on the elliptical for like an hour everyday, yet they never lose weight. Having been a victim of it, I know it all too well.

    But of course, for many people exercise is a great way to lose weight. Guess it all depends on how must stress your body is under in addition to the exercise.
    3514 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    Interesting and inspirational, especially in that it encourages us all to find our own way!
    3514 days ago
    ANDREA409: Elevated cortisol from cardio? Really...now that is something to consider. Thanks for bringing it up. I will ponder on it.
    3515 days ago
  • ANDREA409
    Love the positivity of this blog - as well as the photos to keep you motivated. Have you read "The Hormone Diet" by Natasha Turner? It's one of the first books I read that turned me onto this whole lifestyle; she advocates AWAY from cardio. I couldn't believe it. She insists that strength training is an absolute must, and recommends walking, yoga, etc. But anything beyond that more than once or twice a week is stressful on the body, resulting in elevated cortisol levels, causing stubborn fat to hang on for dear life. Haha. Having been a victim of that, I am a believer. That being said, I miss running more than anything and do hope I can do it again one day. But I know now that I will take it so much easier than I used to if my adrenals are ever strong enough for me to do so.
    3515 days ago
    LADYROSE: ARG!!! Now I got to wrap my mind around this one too!

    Though Taubes (been reading him now too) says exercise doesn't matter to fat loss? Not sure I agree, but I've had my world turned upside down in a very short period, so I don't know!
    3515 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/8/2011 4:25:21 PM
    "whether I should work on building more muscle first, or lose continue shedding fat"



    ike our eating that goes against the 'grain', the approach to fat loss has to change too - use exercise to build muscle to help boost the metabolism, build new mithchondria pathways, get strong and increase endurance... and use food to help shed the fat.

    And yes, women can add muscle mass easily, no one gets 'bulky' by accident. And no one, not even men, get huge without help. That's why I love CrossFit - builds solid, but dense and strong muscle that doesn't take up a lot of room. ;)
    3515 days ago
    Great pics to visually PUSH you on toward success! :-)

    3515 days ago
    Yeah--I definitely like myself better when I have more muscle definition--I am trying to work some fat off right now--but I am lucky in that my muscles seem to respond pretty quickly to strength training so not too hard to start looking more toned in a shorter period of time....at least when I am consistent!
    3515 days ago
    I am one of those rare women who DOES bulk up like a guy, and I have to continually remind myself to check in how I look, not always what the scale says.
    3515 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3922103
    Love the quote by Jimmy Dean!!!
    3515 days ago
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