I have found this whole strength building thing to be a really interesting thing to do. I have never been a skinny person. I have a somewhat large frame. Not delicate at all. So any attempts at being really slim have always failed for me, making it easier I guess to accept the unusual changes of strength building.
Anyway, I've learned a lot in my 4 months of trying to build strength:
- If I eat a lot of protein-rich foods I don't get fatter, I get stronger.
- If I don't eat a lot of food, I can't get stronger. Instead the exercise makes me fall apart.
- The food I eat can't just be calories. It helps if it's meat, potatoes and vegetables and fairly lean. The whole GOMAD thing would make me simply fat.
- A lot of what I thought was fat might have been muscles without any internal integrity. As I've gotten stronger I firm up but stay big. I don't slim down at the same time.
- In other words, the fat didn't have to grow to get stronger but I have had to accept not getting slimmer as the result of my efforts.
- If I don't sleep enough I don't get stronger.
- If I don't refrain from exercising enough I don't get stronger. I'm really used to the daily cardio way of doing things.
- I get larger in really strange places. My thighs and down toward the knees on the backs of my legs. This morning I noticed a bra felt tighter but not in the boobs. Normally my boobs grow as the rest of me gains fat. Back muscles?
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.