Just a head’s up that in this post I’m going to talk about weight. So, if that bothers you, feel free to move on. Gonna stick around? Well then, let’s get to it.
Okay, so, here’s the deal. Back in October 2014 I decided I was going to see if I could get visible abs and more muscle definition and, well, just generally stronger. I was tired of just running, my schedule changed so I didn’t have as much time to run and I needed something different. Cue the Thinner, Leaner, Stronger book that I’ve talked about so much.
I got a meal plan from Muscle For Life (run by the same guy who wrote Thinner, Leaner, Stronger) and I learned two new words: cut and bulk.
My meal plan was for cutting aka losing weight and fat. And it worked. After four months I’d lost 10 pounds and had some muscle definition. I upped my calories to “maintenance” mode. Then, a few months later, I started working with Lynette and lost a few more pounds and a lot more body fat without cutting calories and just tweaking my macros (carbs, fat, protein). On the left is me in June 2015 and the right is December 2015.
Not to toot my own horn, but I look pretty amazing, right? But there was a problem. Yep, I became one of those women who got their body fat too low.
There’s only so low you can go before it’s not healthy. So, Lynette moved me into “bulk” mode which means even more calories! And this is what I look like right now.
I am in the process of trying to put on weight. On purpose. This is SO WEIRD to me!
The goal is to put on more muscle mass so that the next time I “cut” I can get the same look as before but without having to go so low body-fat wise.
I know this all sounds crazy. And some days I feel kind of crazy. This all started as kind of an experiment but even though I have days when I wonder “what the heck am I doing??” I find it fun most of the time.
And before you think this is all about vanity, let me tell you that putting on some weight and muscle mass will also allow me to lift even heavier. And, trust me, it’s a pretty awesome feeling when the head trainer at the gym claps for you after you finish a set of 5 deadlifts at over 200 pounds.
Plus, I might not always be able to do this. So, why not see where it goes while I can? It is really weird to try and get the number on the scale to go UP instead of down, though. Especially since our culture is so focused on losing weight. It’s definitely a mind game of sorts and some days it’s rough to compare myself to…myself. But, like I said last week, this is a longer term goal so I just have to keep my eyes on the prize.
Professional photos by Kayleigh of That’s a Doozy
This week’s workouts:
- Monday – Chest/Triceps/Shoulders
- Tuesday – workout with my personal trainer + 20 minutes HIIT on the treadmill
- Wednesday – Legs
- Thursday – Rest
- Friday – Rest? Not sure. I’m traveling to Florida.
- Saturday – Not sure. I’ll be in Florida
- Sunday – Gasparilla Half Marathon
Recipe of the Week: Pork Tenderloin Studded with Rosemary and Garlic
This is a go-to one dish meal in our house. When I make this I also toss some quartered red potatoes and some baby carrots in a tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and and them to the dish with the pork. Cook the whole thing for 45 minutes and you have a full meal with minimal effort.