Selfie time because I like where this ass is going! /bootyshake
110lbs down, achieved with clean eating, 2000 calories on average, 5K runs, a whole lotta weight lifting, and TIME.
Pictured above: I used the $50 Employee of the Month check for a pair of Chucks and this sorta cute but super comfy/functional jacket I found at a thrift store. I deserve it by now.
- HW: ~265 // BFP 44% // BMI 43
- SW: ~250 // BFP 41% // BMI 40
- LW: 147 // BFP 25% // BMI 23.5
- CW: 153 // BFP 22% // BMI 24.5
So today I took a close, realistic look at my training and this is what I concluded: I have a number of races that I’ve registered for this year, and I’m not yet confident with my run times. It’s proving to be really difficult to gain muscle and improve speed simultaneously because that means “Run faster while gaining weight.” If I had the time to train like a pro athlete, that’d probably be just fine. But I don’t, and it’s not working.
So as much as I love weight training and want to focus on it, I’m going to aim at preserving my muscle and making small strength gains while I focus on increasing speed and running stamina. I also want to nudge these last few pounds of fat towards the exits - which should also help when I start bulking again, since calorie partitioning becomes more effective the lower an individual’s body fat percentage is.
I expect to be running, crosstraining, and focusing on speed with twice weekly full-body lifting, while slowly cutting fat through the end of summer, when my last races are. That way, I can get back to straight lifting and bulking at about mid October - perfect time. The daily calorie surpluses at that time will hopefully help my inevitable SAD-induced binge eating. Speed for the summer, bulk for the winter. Sounds like a plan. Let’s do this!
Unbelievably inspiringSource: survivalofafitbitch