Growin' Aint Easy!

My weight has not gone up a whole lot(I'm consistently around 123lbs now), BUT I can tell that I'm growing. My arms and delts are looking bigger, and maybe, just maybe, even my thighs! Those extra calories are just what my body needed!! Dang, if I had just been doing this the last 2 years!

Now I just have to continue to be consistent and patient. I'm not going to try to rush it or try to gain 5lbs in a month-I'm going to give it enough time so that the weight I gain is mostly muscle. I may have gained a small amount of bodyfat so far, but it just makes me look bigger, and that's what I'm going for. :) I have no desire to be "shredded", at least not right now. BUT I also don't want to gain a bunch of fat either. Increased fat cells? No thank you.

My stomach is definitely my trouble area(all fat on my body goes to my love handles), but if  I can maintain this while eating 2300-2500 calories, then I'm happy. :)

I've been consistent with getting in my calories and all of my meals, and drinking one to two glasses of whole milk a day. Sometimes I'm SO sick of eating and not really that hungry for my all my meals...but I eat anyways, when before I probably would've just skipped it or just had a small snack. So when I'm not hungry, I ask myself, "How bad do you want it?" And then I eat. Gotta get those calories in! Sometimes I wish I could just be satisfied with being skinny like most women, but I just can't! It'd be so much easier. But I don't want "little" to be an adjective used to describe me anymore. I WANT MUSCLE.

Growing is NOT easy! I find it funny when people say things like, "I don't want to get too big", or "I don't want to look like a bodybuilder, I just want to be toned"; like the moment they start lifting weights, they'll get huge. People have NO idea how hard it is to build muscle! You have to WORK at it. Just like you eat a certain way for fat loss, you also have to eat a certain way to build muscle.

I was reading a blog of Pauline Nordin's about building muscle, and I loved what she says here. She knows what she's talking about:

"Muscle comes from progressive training+calories+sufficient protein+wait and see. It never happens overnight, you don’t go to bed one night all skinny and then the next you’re buff. I know it sounds silly, but that’s what many people expect. No, you do not grow from repping a bit with a dumbbell. You need to rep with bigger and bigger dumbbells and wait and see. Patience folks, that’s the secret." –Pauline Nordin
SO TRUE!! Patience is key. It took years and years for me to the build the muscle that I have today, and it doesn't get any easier the more you have.  I'm in this for the long haul. Guess I'll keep stuffing my face and then "wait and see"!

Comments

  1. Very true I do body for life 12 week sessions and it's soo hard to build muscle...

    You look amazing! keep it up!!

    HS

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