Awesome advice, I do see the pattern and will sit down tonight and work out a proper meal plan. I was doing carbs for a bit but that was one of the back and forth advice that I was getting that I shouldn’t be doing carbs, and should be doing more protein, my poor brain is a little scattered. I use to drink whole milk but I was having problems with the thickness but if it helps me gain weight I’ll chug and shut my mouth. I don’t have a recent picture of me but I can obtain one. I have 5 days a week that I can lift, in the mornings Monday through Friday. [/quote]
Going carbless is generally thought to be a good idea for people trying to lose weight and/or fat. You, my friend, need to eat. Carbs, protein, whatever. And lots more of all of it. For a meal plan, I find that I actually follow it when it’s easy to prep a few days at a time. That way it only takes me a few minutes the night before to throw it all together.
The fact that you’re lifting first thing in the morning and not eating anything prior to it has me a bit concerned. MOLLY/SARAH/someone can one of you chime in about what would be a good, light pre-training meal if someone is lifting in the morning. I’ve never lifted early in the morning and have always gotten at least some carbs and protein in me before I lift.
Finally, with regards to your training… I’m about to give you some psycho-babble… read it
As women we are finally tuned and programmed to believe that if you lift heavy weights and low reps that you will basically wake up tomorrow and look like a man. You will have sprouted a penis and have to shave your beard. Sorry to break it to you, but that doesn’t happen. Additionally, we are taught that the scale tells us how fat/thin/beautiful/etc we are. That’s bullshit too. I consistently have my weight estimated low by about 15-20lbs. If I lived by what I saw on the scale, I’d have drowned myself by now. The mirror, photos and measurements are much better tools to judge progress and, ultimately, what you look like. I’ve always said that if I weighed 200lbs but still fit in a 6/8, I’d be okay with that. The scale is possibly the worst measurement of progress, success, fitness and beauty that we go by.
All of that was said to tell you that if you’re weighing so little now, you are going to have to work for every bit of muscle you put on. That means lifting heavy weights and eating properly (more and more of the right kinds). In order for you to get that “muscle definition”, you need to first build the muscle. Your weight will increase. But it’s likely pretty necessary at this point. It sounds like you have at least your upper body big movements in there. Are you squatting and deadlifting? Those are muscle builders.
There are a ton of programs on this site and even the women on here use a ton of different programs. There are women who are currently using or previously used: Sheiko, WS4SB, Wendler 5/3/1, Maximum Strength, New Rules of Lifting for Women (btw, go find this book). The key is to figure out a program design that you like (the lifts) and do it. I will give you $1 million and my firstborn child if you lift heavy for 6 months and end up looking ‘masculine’ or even less feminine.
Okay, that’s all my babble I have for tonight. I’m not even rereading it to edit it, so if it makes no sense and if I answered zero questions, I apologize. I need my beauty/less bitchy sleep though so I don’t punch anyone in the face tomorrow at work You have lots of work ahead of you, but it will be worth it in the end. Don’t believe me? Check out a few of the logs on here. Read the first few pages and see where we all started. Then read the last few and see where we are now. Personally, I will never ever go back to my lifestyle pre-training.