Your fitness instructor sounds like a great person.
Gosh, I just got a look at my own back this morning. I don't normally look at the back of my body. I'm like rippled with muscle. I can see stuff moving in there under my skin. Wow! I don't even care what I weigh or that I'm not a waif. Look at that! Holy hell! I didn't even think something like that would happen to me.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.
How wonderful for you SBhikes i am aiming and aiming for that !!
My perfect jean expression is a 36 inch waist, 32 inch inseam, in a boot cut..... maybe a button fly jean....
I am tending to think that there is no single weight/body composition that is "perfect for me" but rather a range within which I can be both healthy and happy.
For example, I am both healthy and happy where I am at the moment. Yet I am aware that with more work I could become stronger, fitter more flexible. I probably won't do it though. After all, I'm not aiming for the Olympics here, just to be capable in my daily life.
Neither am I as lean as possible, but again I probably won't be aiming to lose any more fat, I look and feel just fine in my clothes.
In the other direction, maybe the day will come when I choose to maintain a little less muscle and perhaps even a little more fat in order to have a slightly "softer" appearance. I don't believe that would be any less (or more) "healthy" though.
Following primal principles has enabled me to gain understanding of my body and realise how much of this is actually within my own control. That's awesome.
Annie Ups the Ante
"...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” -Ginny
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