I`m new to the forums and I appreciate all of those who take the time to answer other people`s questions about nutrition and training. Great site.
My situation is this:
I`m very confused as of late about my training and how it`s affecting my goals which are to be leaner and SMALLER (and healthier of course).
I`ve been struggling for over 2 years now to lose the same 20 lbs. Started excercising (cardio and WT ) over 3 years ago at 162 lbs and lost 20lbs in over a year but since then, I can`t seem to get below my lowest weight of 142lbs. I currently WT 3 days a week (50 minutes and completed New Rules of Lifting for Women last May) and cardio 2-3 times a week (30 - 50 minutes). I lift very heavy and cardio is always getting my heart pumping hard (I use a HR monitor). I have a HARD and solid body but the fat over it is driving me over the bend. My muffin top is depressing me and my clothes still feel the same way they did 2 years ago - I`ve had the same jeans from 2 years ago so I know!). I tracked calories for over half a year and read the Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle book twice over and although I always managed to be at my calorie intake goal, I still didn`t lose to get under 142lbs.
I`m currently up to 148lbs. Still working out hard, eating well and now I can`t get under 145lbs!!
So, with this bit of history in mind, where do I go from here? My muscle mass seems good so do I still need to hit the WT hard 3 days a week? Should I ease up on it or stop lifting heavy? I feel like those strong women you sometimes see with big arms and legs but that`s not my goal. I want to be smaller. I see so many here that weigh so much less then me and their muscles aren`t big like mine are now. I don`t want these big muscles - I want smaller muscles if that makes any sense at all; smaller muscles to make me appear smaller. Is this a genetic thing or should I really start starving myself to get smaller. I can`t imagine eating any less then I do in all honestly. I`d be weak and miserable.
Thanks for your support.
Thread: Muscle Mass goals