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    Just had some numbers done...


    5'11, 185lbs, 11%bf. I think I look pretty good but fully clothed, people are telling me I look too skinny. I guess you can't really see the muscle under business attire...


    Has anyone else run into this issue as the progress in the primal/paelo lifestyle?


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    Ugh...I run into this constantly with my Granny. 5'10, 165lbs, and pretty low body fat (probably low double digits), athletically built but not overly so. Unfortunately most people don't know what you look like underneath your clothing. If they want, I could show them my near 6 pack abs and my bat wing lats to prove to them that it's more muscle than anything!


    If only my granny could see my twitter pic to prove it.

    I grok, therefore I am.

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      They're just jealous -- and probably have a warped perspective. Fat, after all, has become "normal."


      The annoying comments I tend to get are things like:


      "Salad for breakfast? That's why you're so skinny." (Umm, yeah. Said salad has 900 calories and 45g of fat...how's that fit with your CW dogma?)


      and


      "You're not going to turn into one of those really buff women, are you?" (Hellooooo? It's food and iron, not steroids. Besides, this is what a really buff woman looks like, naturally. Push-up contest, anyone?)

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        How about a renegade row or pistol contest.


        Saw you do those in another post... you're probably the only female I know who even knows what they are... let alone does them

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          @barbey - That's what I was telling my wife. Most people are used to overweight folks...so now 'normal' looks skinny.

          I grok, therefore I am.

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            5'10 177 M


            ...and yeah I get that. Really annoying. Its sad how some people equate "fat" with "healthy".

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              As I've been losing the weight, people have been poking fun about me disappearing. "Don't let him turn sideways, you won't be able to see him." I'm sure it's all in good fun or whatever, but after a while it gets on your nerves.

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                @ arthur -- LOL A renegade row contest would be perfect, particularly since they look much easier than they actually are!


                As for pistols, I had a guy friend tell me just the other day "Oh, I can do those."


                "Oh yeah? Let's see."


                "Umm...ok. Show me how you do it first, so I make sure my form is right."


                No problem. I do a few.


                He tries. Falls over before even hitting 90 degrees.


                *evil snicker*

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                  LTC - it certainly is a warped version of normality out there.


                  I'm speaking as a short, "sturdy" (ahem) female with an ample belly; yet because I wasn't as morbidly obese as a friend, I was too thin and needed feeding up. With Dominos pizza.


                  Ewww.


                  How do fit people react, e.g. at gym / crossfit...?

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                    Seriously... I killed some guys at my office fitness center with the renagade rows using 15 pound dumbells... it was great.


                    It's funny how even people that workout using "traditional" methods, die when they do a set of 10 burpees with the knee tuck... or a hill sprint.

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                      Joking at your expense allows them to share your success. Especially for guys. This is a way of saying "great job!" without being a bromo. Haha!


                      Before Christmas I was 6'1 187lbs 11% BF. I was getting the ribs on being too skinny as well. Now that I am "bulking" and am up to 198lbs I am getting the opposite "I told you so's". What they don't know is that 75% of the weight gain is muscle.


                      I try to ignore it all and go about my business.

                      Don't be a paleotard...

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                        At six feet tall I've been right around 142 pounds since late high school, and I'm in my 50's now. Freshman year of HS I wrestled at 98 pounds, so I've been hearing this stuff all my life. It upset me sometimes when I was a kid and everyone called me Twiggy but by the time late HS came around and I reached my current size and became good at several sports it didn't bother me anymore. My dad had 7 brothers and sisters and we were close to all of them so I got the "you're too skinny" or variations all the time.


                        My last couple of High School reunions were fun. Lots of people said I still looked the same and wanted to know how I stay so thin. I'm not sure they liked hearing the diet and exercise explanation as I'm sure it seemed like a major effort. I look at diet and exercise as a lifestyle that's both interesting, fun and rewarding to do. It doesn't seem like work, it's just who I am. Riding my singlespeed mountain bike, lifting kettlebells and whatever else I happen to be into are all about fun. I was also a science nerd (I even co-founded the Astronomy club..... with another Bruce!) in high school and the reunions sometimes feel a little like Revenge of the Nerds. It's all good.


                        bruce b.


                        bruce b.

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                          I'm trying to learn the Leg Pistols, I would fall, or at least fail before hitting 90 degrees. Should I work my up(down actually) over time or do you recommend another way to get there?

                          Every time I think I have strong legs I learn of another exercise that knocks me down.

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                            Try doing them on a cinder block and not have your front leg go 90... it could be a flexibility issue or hold a medicine ball (balance issue)

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                              @barb you are so right. fat became the new normal


                              it just gets awkward for me rather than insulting anymore. i'm 5'4 woman with a small frame, being heavy would be bad for my internal health as well as taking its toll on my bone structure. i may have chicken wing looking arms but i'm a lot stronger than most give me credit for these days!

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