First, I'm inspired. You look healthy and very fit...with the diet to back it up long term! What a great way to start your 20's.
Second, I'm pretty new to working out (team sports took care of exercise when I was younger) as I'm kinda confused by two things you mentioned: heavy lifting AND never touching a barbell. How do you heavy lift...as in, what does that term mean? (feel free to answer like you're talking to a kindergartner! ) And what are calisthenics? *blush*
I just spent 45 minutes reading this thread! Truly amazing progress from everyone who posted. I can't wait to post my own pics in a few months!
Starting weight, June 10, 2010: 213 pounds
Current weight, October 31, 2010: 177 pounds
Goal: Happiness, Health, Hotness
looking great jess! You've got some powerhouse legs in that pic!
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Chameleon, sorry for the confusion there... It's true I've never really done a barbell workout, which I mentioned because usually it's what people flock to when they want to work their legs. But it's not the only way! ;-) I think a lot of the "powerhouse" I've built in my legs is from plenty of sprinting and my love for bicycle riding!
I get into these *phases* with my training, and right now I am exclusively doing calisthenics (bodyweight exercises) only. 110 pounds is definitely something heavy! I think calisthenics are especially great for females, since you don't put on the same mass (or at least as quickly) as you would when lifting weights. I usually superset my calisthenic workouts to get a max burn and get my heart rate up a little bit. When completing one set of an exercise, I make sure that I at least have one or two reps "in the bank" so I can hit it hard the next round. Here might be an example, no rest between exercises:
5 Chin-Ups (back)
15 Box Jumps (butt)
5 Dips (chest)
15 One-Legged Squats (thighs)
15 Leg Lifts (core)
Repeat 5x, rest 60sec between rounds
Essentially, each round is a "set". So, I am really doing 5 sets of 5 chins here, I'm just allowing myself plenty of rest time. This is great for focusing on strength gains rather than endurance. I might do this three times a week, but usually I get off my "usual" routine and will throw something new in. The important thing is to always work HARD and with CONSISTENCY! Does this help clarify?... :-)
I figured I would go ahead and post a few of me. I don't have any with me from when I was about 50 lbs heavier. The first one is from May of this year. That's after a year of being Primal. The second one is from a few days ago. A little bit of a difference in 2 months. I'm happy with it. I've lost 50 lbs total in the past year.