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  • That barre class was an entirely different animal...

    That barre class was an entirely different animal vs weightlifting. A well-rounded person can do several different things pretty well. If you 'put all your eggs in one basket', you're going to...
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    The only way your body fat went up if you lost 8...

    The only way your body fat went up if you lost 8 lbs is if most of it was water weight. But unless you're doing DEXA, you really have no idea what your body fat did.
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    Yep, encouragement is nice. But telling someone...

    Yep, encouragement is nice. But telling someone who is underweight that they have a nice amount of muscle is basically just blowing smoke up their ass.
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    At 5'2" and 111 lbs she doesn't have a lot of...

    At 5'2" and 111 lbs she doesn't have a lot of ANYTHING on her... not muscle OR fat.
  • Eat to gain around 1/2 lb per week. Keep upping...

    Eat to gain around 1/2 lb per week. Keep upping it until you gain consistently.
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    You have to eat more than you...

    You have to eat more than you burn...consistently. If you aren't gaining 1/2 lb per week consistently, keep upping the calories until you do.
    If you don't count macros, how do you know how many...
  • Initially you'll gain muscle with just about any...

    Initially you'll gain muscle with just about any sort of consistent resistance exercise.

    After the 'golden period' you have to choose to gain muscle or lose fat. Gaining muscle requires a...
  • Why would you want to suffer for years and years...

    Why would you want to suffer for years and years to make nominal changes to your fat distribution and change your bone structure?

    IMO, vanity goes TOO FAR.
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    It's highly unlikely that your back is actually...

    It's highly unlikely that your back is actually 'bulky'. Got pics to demonstrate this?
    More than likely you are not very lean and the muscles are more filled out with water than they used to be.
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    Yep, I struggle with it, along with angst over...

    Yep, I struggle with it, along with angst over the holidays in general.

    There are some things I do that seem to help -
    -get enough sleep
    -don't overdo the stimulants
    -be outside as much as...
  • At your stats I can't imagine dieting any...

    At your stats I can't imagine dieting any further. You're going to benefit most from a long slow bulk, followed by a cut.

    Think 6+ months and a gain of 6-12 lbs. You're low in LBM so no matter...
  • Meh. I think you look great. Some women are...

    Meh. I think you look great. Some women are 'boxy', some have those amazing tiny little drawstring waists but enormous thighs...
    You have the foundation you are born with and you'll have to get...
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    There are several medical treatments available...

    There are several medical treatments available for keloids - sometimes surgery, although that can lead to larger scars. There are laser treatments as well as steroid injections of triamcinolone that...
  • You are much higher than 17% body fat. I'm gonna...

    You are much higher than 17% body fat. I'm gonna say upper 20's. Which doesn't put you in a good position for a show of any sort by May.
    You are under muscled and would need a long enough bulking...
  • You can't squeeze blood from a turnip! What is...

    You can't squeeze blood from a turnip!

    What is your primary goal? Muscle gain? Fat loss?
    Which sport is your focus? Martial arts or lifting?
    If you are looking for a 'nice balance' between...
  • Carlsons Fish Oil is how I get my Omegas. I...

    Carlsons Fish Oil is how I get my Omegas. I don't like fish enough to eat it every week.
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    BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. And...

    BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. And peppermint tea.
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    So in approx 3 weeks, how much weight have you...

    So in approx 3 weeks, how much weight have you lost so far?
    How many calories are you eating? What is your macro breakdown? Any particular reason you are eating 6 x per day?

    At 5'4" I am...
  • Terrible routine. Look into Starting Strength,...

    Terrible routine. Look into Starting Strength, New Rules of Lifting, All-Pros, etc.

    Also, you need to eat enough to gain 1-2 lbs per month, and you need to eat in a surplus and lift consistently...
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    If you aren't losing you're eating at...

    If you aren't losing you're eating at maintenance!

    22% is pretty darned lean. I am an inch shorter than you and at 126 lbs I was around 25% body fat, so for you to be at 22% (100 lbs lbm) you'd...
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