As predicted, I have some pretty major DOMS happening today. OUCH! Strangely, my legs are mainly feeling it in the quads and glutes, not the hamstrings. I have issues with hamstring exercises - I simply can't do lying machine hamstring curls, as they aggravate my lower back. So I usually stick with compound moves like various kinds of lunges, plus I throw in some one-legged fitball leg curls. But those just aren't doing it for me....methinks it's time to get back to good old Romanian deadlifts.
Sara wrote an interesting post today, about weight loss maintenance and realistic goals (and frozen credit cards, but that's a whole other story), which reinforced in my mind some things I've been pondering all week. I got on the scales on Monday morning for the first time in...oh....ages, and as expected, I'm considerably heavier than I want to be. But watched the numbers flicker and eventually settle, and I didn't have my usual freakout, accompanied by an internal dialogue that goes something like "I'm a fat pig, I'm disgusting, how could I let this happen, oh no, oh no, oh nooooooo!!!" - you get the idea. Instead I looked at the number in a detached kind of way, considered the muscle I've gained over the past 18 months or so, figured out roughly how much fat I need to lose, and worked out how much that translates to per week over a 12 week period. I then stepped off the scales, got dressed and went for a walk.
I'm actually curious and a bit excited to see what lies beneath the layer of insulation I've added over winter. Last year, when I completed a predominantly fat loss program and succeeded in getting my weight down to 49.9kg, I was very happy with my size, in terms of how I looked in clothes. But parts of me were a bit saggy and scrawny. So I've worked on building muscle to fill out some of those bits, and hopefully, I'll see some improvements when I'm a lot leaner in a few weeks' time. I'm ultimately aiming for around 54kg, which I think will see me looking lean but not scrawny. Who knows though? I might be happy at a higher weight...
Being a naturally pear-shaped kind of girl, I tend to lose almost all the fat from my upper body when I lean out....which is great for arm and shoulder definition, but not so good for filling out your bra... I'd be perfectly content with a B-cup, but at low levels of body fat, I descend to a measly A-cup. Or less. :( Here's proof:
On the plus side, I don't end up with pancake-butt syndrome. I suppose you just have to work with what you've got....
Anyway, the point of all my ramblings is that I'm doing OK here, not 100% happy with where I am, but not having a meltdown either. I'm just plodding away, a day at a time, and I'm quietly confident that I'll be right where I want to be in 3 months' time. Sara's keen to be reacquainted with her triceps - me, I want my biceps really popping again!