I’m heading into the crazy world of a ‘build’ to grow more muscle and thought I’d keep a blog for any other girlies looking to do a similar thing. As I know this is going to be quite a mental challenge ..
For as long as I remember I’ve been on some sort of fat loss diet until I started training with my current coach. For the last 2 years I’ve been in fat loss and maintenance modes, and that’s taken some change in mindset. For the last 2 months I’ve been in maintenance – calories at about 15xbodyweight lbs. and that has seen my weight increase, but my coach told me to expect that. My measurements have gone up slightly but not loads but the amazing thing is I’m currently sitting at my starting weight of 2 yrs ago, but significantly lower waist, hips, ab measurements. Do not let the scales be your only measure of progress!!
But now I’m moving onto the next level – going into a ‘grow’ mode. Mixed emotions – excitement and nervous. I know that I will gain some fat. I know I won’t be able to fit into the clothes I was wearing at my leanest. I know with each check-in with my coach, my weight should be going up …. These are things I know, but what I don’t know is how I’m going to FEEL when these things happen and how i’m going to handle it. So I’m going to share this with you, all the way through to me coming out of the build and leaning off. I may even do some video blogs. Hopefully this will help any other girls who are tackling a build for the first time know what to expect, and tips for managing those annoying female emotions – cos guys don’t feel like this right???