When Enough is Just Right
Monday, December 18, 2017
It's happened in the past, it's happening again. I'm working out regularly, and my body is responding. I'm feeling stronger, and already can go longer and harder than just a month ago. My weights have increased, and overall it's feeling good.
My body, however, is still dealing with it's "freak out" and I've struggled to find where enough calories is just the right amount to fuel my workouts (and regaining the lost muscle) but will still burn the rather excessive fat that I've put on this past year.
Finding that balance is tough. Without enough calories, your body will start storing every thing you eat, and you will hinder your fitness (which I do NOT want to do since I need to rebuild a lot of lost muscle). Eat too much, and you won't lose the fat.
I'm tracking all of this a few ways - there's the evil scale which we all know is fickle. I'm measuring on a weekly basis (8 different measurements). Then, as a final progress, I'm taking weekly photos as well.
The bad part of all of this is that right now, I'm still fat, so my body freaking out has made all of my clothes that much tighter. Muscles storing water means that they are more swollen over the fat that is already there and hasn't taken a hike yet.
It's just barely been a month, and in that time I've increased my workouts fairly significantly, so all of this is "to be expected." Doesn't always make it any less disappointing sometimes when you're trying to get dressed for work and just feel - well, fat.
But, one must trust the process and know that it will work. Eventually things will balance out. I recalculated my calorie needs based on my current workouts, I may have been a little light on the food side of things. So, finding that balance again!