Dot to Trot

My world is expanding as my butt is shrinking!

Bodybuilding To Chisel Away The Fat

weight loss and bodybuilding, weight loss strength training

I start pumping iron this week in my ongoing quest to drop the pounds and get healthy. Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

OK, I didn’t just join Gold’s Gym this weekend. I hired a personal trainer and started bodybuilding this week.

Yes, you read that right – bodybuilding.

Keep in mind, when I write “bodybuilding” I’m not talking about competitions and looking like a shemale. I’m talking about getting into the weight room and seriously sculpting a stronger and leaner Dot2Trot.

I mulled it over for weeks and the thought of heavy lifting excited me. So my hubby surprised me with an early anniversary present.

Why Bodybuilding?
Most of my exercise focuses on cardio. I wanted to kick my strength training up a notch, but I let it slide.  Once I discovered my upper body strength was nada, I finally broke open The New Rules of Lifting for Women.

A couple of chapters in and I started thinking differently about my weight loss. Sure I’ve dropped 80 lbs. but some of that was muscle. Weight training focuses on fat loss and preserving muscle tissue.  That appeals to me.

Plus, my weight loss journey isn’t just about shedding unwanted pounds. I want to get healthy — thin doesn’t mean healthy. Adding muscle and increasing strength is a big step in that direction.

Aren’t You Worried About Getting Too Bulky?
The New Rules does a great job knocking down some myths, like women who weight lift will bulk up too much – not possible without steroids. While women and men add muscle at the same rate, it is much tougher for women to add muscle.  Our levels of testosterone are too low and our bodies won’t allow it. We’re just not built that way.

Again, my goal isn’t to compete. Losing weight is still my first priority. But growing muscle for a more sculpted look is now a big part of my weight loss journey.  

What’s my biggest challenge?
Battling muscle soreness? Upping my workout intensity? Staying motivated?

No. No. And nope.

Food…It always comes down to food.

After strength training, you deplete muscles of glycogen, which you need to fuel your muscles. And how do you replenish glycogen? Carbs!

I’m only consuming 20-25g of carbs a day. If I’m serious about weight training, my guess is that’s not enough. Also I banned certain types of foods until I’m within 20-30 lbs. of my goal weight. Hence, my challenge.

I want to build muscle, but I still need to lose the fat and weigh a lot less than I do now. So I’m nervous about adding more carbs.

My trainer is looking over my weekly menu and will tweak it based on the workouts she has planned for me.  I know my carb intake must go up. But by how much? And what banned foods are back on the menu?

 

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Crime Time Podcast

A weekly book podcast | mystery, thriller, sci-fi, horror, & crime fiction.

John L. Monk

Double space. In the face. SASE.

Shea Oliver

Living the Dream - Snapping Pics - Building Companies - Hiking - Traveling - Blogging - Writing - Eating - Drinking - Enjoying

The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner

The story behind the stories, and the story tellers

Thought Scratchings

the bit your brain can't itch, served in a packet of alternative pig shit.

Knite Writes

The Official Blog of Therin Knite

writerchristophfischer

Books, Reviews and bookish thoughts

charles french words reading and writing

An exploration of writing and reading

C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

Write and publish with love and fury.

authorsinterviews

My interviews with many authors

Next Stop . . .

Author and Dreamer. www.anthonywadej.com

The eBook Evangelist

Singing the praises of ebooks

keithdraws

Effective Cover Design and Creation Made Easy

WILL MARCK

Author and Book Reviewer

T. Ellery Hodges' The Never Chronicles

Lots of things never happen here...

1103 Boutique

Bath, body, fashion

%d bloggers like this: