Happy 2017 yall
To begin- you are enough. No diet, exercise, scale, or clothing size will change how great you already are.
This is going to be a quick resurrection of my blog; a snack-sized rant/clarification on weight loss confusions & frustrations that come with strength training.
Across the fitness world & the ~real~ world (what even is the real world anyway?) there is a lot of focus on weight.
How much do you weigh?
How much weight do you want to lose? How do you plan to lose the weight?
Oooo how much weight did you gain on that trip/during the holidays/last year?
How much weight do you lift? Are you purposely gaining muscle???
& just to be clear- you’re supposed to feel terrible about yourself no matter what your response to any of the above is. The world/media/haters & losers (haha) will always have a clap back for the way you’re living your life & why you’re not good enough.
I REPEAT, YOU ARE DEFINITELY ENOUGH!!
But to further correct the confusion of mixed messages- transitioning into a more active lifestyle is going to change a lot of things. The beginning will be difficult, your feelings toward the switch will fluctuate, your weight will fluctuate.
When you strength train, you build muscle. Muscle burns more calories per hour- even when you’re not working out- and begins to force fat out of your bod. You’ll definitely drop lbs at first, but as you become stronger & gain muscle, you may gain weight too. This can be discouraging if you’re tracking your journey via a scale (or via those pants you’ve been saving ‘just in case’)..
Here is the key piece of information: Muscle weighs more than fat.
As you gain muscle, lose fat, burn more calories, & eat more to fuel your muscle- you will probably gain weight. This does not mean you’re failing!!!
Stay fab & keep getting stronger!