Sweet Spot and Room for Improvement
Monday, July 01, 2013
I can see some very valid points sparkers have made in my last blog. I'm drawing a lot of responses from family and friends about this and getting a lot of feedback. I've come to the conclusion that the 0.7-1kg I have or will have gained by now is enough.
I've had a heart to heart with my hubby and it seems that this gain has made the difference. I personally feel a bit more feminine now. OK, so there are some gooey things going on again on the arms and a bit on the back, but I can't be perfect now, can I? And I seem to mind this, not him. No way, he doesn't mind a bit of extra jiggle here and there. AT ALL.
I mean, it's foreign to me. But if he's got no issues with it then why should I? I guess the time I took my perfectionist glasses off was 1kg too far into weight loss. I'm right where I should be.
1kg doesn't make a difference in terms of your daily calorie intake range changing, nor the amount of calories you will need to burn per week so I guess I'm back to maintaining.
I've also made the discovery that this isn't the end.
I've done some research and it turns out - with a lot of strength training - spot training different areas - you CAN tone down or UP in some cases certain areas.
So if I want a more defined rear, I can start doing squats.
If I want toned arms I can increase the arm exercises a bit more.
If I want my tummy to stay flat, I can up the sit ups.
If I want my back to stay firm I need to concentrate on back exercises.
I've seen people online go from weighing less and looking saggy to actually gaining weight and looking firmer.
Can't that "toning" be done whilst keeping some of your fat? I mean, exercising is better than not no matter what size you are - and toning does flatten certain areas and lift others so it's worth me investing time and energy into this and letting it be the motivational force.
Cos for me, from the get go when he started dropping hints that I was getting less and less hourglass, I was thinking how can I possibly find pride in gaining 1kg? I can't, I feel like I'm going backwards. I need positivity - something good to do to make me feel like I've done something good for myself and my body.
So I will definitely keep using my kettlebell, up my strength training for certain areas and continue the cardio and eating as normal.
I guess for me, 65kgs is the sweet spot, rather than 64, as I had errorneously thought. Funny...in my mind, when I started out at 73kg, I was aiming for 60kg - how weird.