Since it’s #TransformationTuesday , I would like to give you an update of a second transformation I went through—one that is MUCH more mental than physical. It is also to prove that:
1⃣ Lifting heavy weights does NOT make a woman grow bulky man muscles.
2⃣ The number on the scale is NOT everything.
3⃣ skinny doesn’t always equal healthy.
My first transformation, I have posted here several times. I lost a drastic amount of weight in late 2006 and maintained a 118-120lbs range weight for 6 years, thinking I was healthy. I was wrong. I had a relatively high body fat percentage regardless of being thin, I had close to no muscle, under-ate because I had slow metabolism (muscle gives you a fast metabolism, yet I was clueless back then). All I did was endless cardio and light weight circuit training. I wasn’t confident in clothes regardless of being small, because I was flabby everywhere and I still had rolls when I put on something tight. In 2012 I found out why: I wasn’t lifting heavy and wasn’t eating enough of the right things. Throughout the span of 2 years of doing it right, learning about nutrition, researching daily, getting certified as a PT and competing in bikini bodybuilding, I learned how to put on the right kind of weight (muscle) and burn off the pounds of fat. I put on over 10lbs but lost 4% body fat (and this isn’t even my contest lean. I come in at about 18% in season). For the past 2 years I have been consistently isolating body parts, lifting 5 days a week and doing shorter, high intensity cardio 2-5 days a week depending on how close I am to a competition. I squat and deadlift heavier than my own bodyweight. I eat 6 times a day. I don’t see any hulk man muscles, I only see feminine muscles aka curves. I fit in a size 2 top and size 4 bottoms and I no longer feel self conscious that I won’t look decent in my clothes. I am no longer obsessed with the number on the scale. I listen to my body and do what I know works for me rather than what other people are doing or try to tell me to do. When you pay good attention to what you put into your body, you learn a lot about what your body responds to. Happier now than ever!