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Getting Close to Goal...Refining New Goal

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My scale says I'm 4 tenths of a pound away from my goal of 130 pounds. It's quite possible I'll reach that milestone this week.

At 5' 6.75" my BMI is currently 20.5. it was more than 25 when I was 29 pounds heavier in November.

My focus will turn to building more strength and muscle. My yearly checkup is next month and I'll ask some pointed questions regarding how my shoulder injury should modify any exercises I do for Chest, upper back, arms and shoulders. I tweaked it during the January Jumpstart Fitness challenge. (4th week of the same exercises that hadn't hurt me before!) It's getting better, but flares up easily.

Does anyone know whether adding muscle at this point will make me weigh less or more? I'm less concerned about the final number on the scale than I am with the final shape and maintaining it. The clothes I wear now, fit me when I was more muscular and 10 pounds heavier. I guess I'll have to play with this some before I know what my maintenance weight range should be.

Thanks for your help and support through this journey. It would have been much harder without you!
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MEADSBAY 3/17/2013 7:43PM

    You absolutely should add ST to your workout regime (with modifications if you have any orthopedic issues).
You will not gain lbs and, if the scale changes it's because muscle is denser than fat.
You will see more shape and definition with ST and your body will change for the better.
Do you belong to a gym?
If so, splurge on some personal training sessions to start you off right.
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KANOE10 3/17/2013 11:57AM

    Good for you being so close to your goal of 130. Great job.

I am not sure of the effects of ST. I have been doing it for a year and still fit my clothes. I have heard it can cause water retention and increased blood volume. However, I love having toned arms and legs and seeing muscle. I am stronger.

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2013 10:53AM

    My experience is the same as yours . . . muscle may weigh more but packs more tightly and therefore inches may be fewer and clothes fit better. (A pound of steak versus a pound of whipped butter, say!!) I'm all for ST because what counts is health and strength, and I don't believe you're going to "bulk up": very very few women do, we just don't have guy quantities of testosterone.

Congrats to you for being so close to your goal again. And thanks so much for your kind comment on my "What I Like About Maintaining" blog.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/17/2013 9:53AM

    Stick with lower weights and repetitions to keep from bulking up. Also, and this is very important, continue with the cardio and make it a priority. Doing so with a strength training program will allow you to lift weights without really bulking up. Instead you will be creating a more defined body, still the same size, and still the same weight (but less body fat and more body mass).

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KENDRACARROLL 3/16/2013 4:26PM

    I've added muscle while maintaining my weight, which means a drop in body fat.
To me that's the ultimate goal.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 2:55PM

    Just have to say right off -- can't help you with your question!

Congratulations on being 130 pounds! Are you saying you lost 29 pounds in 4 1/2 months? That's AWESOME!

Congratulations -- I know you'll meet whatever goal you decide on.

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