First off….HI, EVERYBODY! I’ve missed you!
Let me clear here, I AM NOT A FITNESS EXPERT or even an enthusiast really. You won’t find photos of me at the gym in some state of sweaty, exhausted accomplishment. Nor will you find me detailing my daily caloric intake or lack thereof, followed by a slew of faux-inspirational-when-you’re-really-just-bragging hashtags, (i.e. #Fitspo #EatCleanTrainDirty #BikiniSeason #MealPrep #Shred). #SuperAnnoying Yeah, that’s not me. But I do want to continue improving my body, stay healthy and hopefully inspire others who have struggled with their weight or fitness goals as I have. I’m just a girl who grew up fat and has pledged to never be that again. From time to time, I like to chronicle my journey and share with you guys! (I love you all, by the way. Seriously. I never know who, if anyone, will read my blogs, but the fact that anyone does fills me with more joy and gratitude than I can put into words. THANK YOU!) But enough gushing. Here’s what’s up.
Over the last few months, several people have commented that they notice a difference in my body–that I look…something. Most people haven’t been able to really pinpoint what it is that’s changed. I haven’t lost weight per se, but what I think I have lost is some fat content. HALLELUJAH!!
What I find so interesting about all this is that I haven’t really changed my eating habits. I still TRY to eat a fairly healthy diet, (healthy relative to what the majority of our country eats on a daily basis but still in need of more greens and less peanut butter. ….mmm…peanut butter.) What has changed is my exercise regimen. For a long time, I had convinced myself, like a lot of women, that cardio was the most important part of my workout. I was on the elliptical, the stair climber, the treadmill. I’d do aerobics, spin, zumba, whatever. I also had this harebrained notion that I shouldn’t, (SHOULD NOT), be lifting weights–that I had enough muscle and any more would just make me look bulkier and less feminine. Where on earth would I have gotten such an idea?
As it turns out, I was completely wrong about lifting weights, too. Since I’ve added weight training back into my routine, I have noticed that I’m not only stronger, but leaner and more toned. (No, no, I’m not all ripped or anything, but it’s an improvement for me.) On top of that, I’m getting my donk back! (For my friends with a limited slang vocabulary, ‘donk’ is short for ‘donkey’ as in ‘donkey booty,’ or is it short for ‘ba-donka-donk’? I don’t use that “word” so I’m unsure. In any event, it means round, plump @ss! Used in a sentence: “My goodness, that Serena Williams sure does have a donk on her, and quite the backhand.”). You’re welcome. 🙂
Point is, friends, lifting weights, and lifting heavier than I have before, is helping reshape my body. I actually feel MORE feminine because my curves are going back where they belong and my RJF, (residual jiggle factor if you’ve forgotten,) is decreasing! So if you’re feeling stymied in your workouts or you’re not seeing results from your hours of cardio, hop off the spin bike and go hit those weights. Start with low/moderate weight and high reps, but increase your weight and lower your reps as you go. This doesn’t mean cut the cardio out altogether. Certainly not! You still have to burn those calories. But instead of an hour of cardio, try 20-30 mins of cardio followed by 30-40 minutes of weights. See if you notice a difference in a couple weeks, and let me know if you do!
Until next time, gang, continue taking care of yourselves, but don’t forget to ENJOY LIFE. And as always, thanks for reading.
-The Former Fat Girl
PS: I talked to my manager last night about doing a project that involves a love scene. I’ve already had 3 anxiety attacks. Keep you posted! xo