Fueling some Muscle Growth
First of all, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY MY LEAN VANILLA BEANS!
This isn’t easy for me to bring up and share so vividly, especially in pictures, but I am honored that you all take time out of your day to spend time in my corner of the blog world, and I want to be honest with all of you and share not only my strengths, but my weaknesses too.
You guys may have noticed that I’m not quite as lean as my “norm.” Why is that, you ask? Over the course of staying so darn lean for quite some time, I actually lost some precious, hard-earned muscle. This is NOT the goal my friends, not the goal.
Muscle speeds up your metabolism and gives you shape. SO, that being said, in order to put my body back into an anabolic (growing) state instead of a catabolic (breaking down) state, I needed to fuel it with some extra calories, from both carbs and fats. I have been lifting as heavy as can be, and fueling my body, working on muscle growth.
For me, eating for muscle growth, which inevitably means gaining some body fat along the way, is extremely tough mentally. I know the benefits for my metabolism and my physique, which is why I’m doing what I‘m doing. That doesn’t mean it’s easy for me to do.
I wanted to share this with all of you who think I’m so “perfect,” gosh no. Not even close. Everyone has their battles, and one of mine is allowing myself to eat for muscle gains and gain the small amount of fat required to do so, but I’m doing it.
I want to be a platform to remind all of you that regardless of whatever it is that’s tough for you … emotional eating, getting to the gym, being self conscious, stopping those treats … you can push past your own boundaries and show yourself you can do whatever it is you feel like you “can’t.”
I’m erasing “can’t” from my vocabulary. Now, there is only “can” and “will.” Who’s with me?!
For me, if that means gaining a small amount of fat to gain the muscle I need to gain in order to meet my goals and have the physique I want, then I need to remember that it’s all a process, and we have to enjoy the journey, not only the “finish line,” because guess what? There really is no finish line. It’s a lifestyle, and embracing every part of it, the hard parts and the easier parts, is so important.
I’ll be back soon to talk about DaActive … one of my new favorite brands of workout clothes!
- What is something that’s mentally hard for you?
- Are you trying to muscle build or cut body fat right now?
- Any fun plans for Valentine’s Day?