As I’m contemplating about going into my next build in the Autumn and I’ve been taking some pictures for my trainer of where I’m currently at, I thought I would re-post this blog post from last year when I’d just finished my first ever build. I really want to do another build but am slightly nervous as it’s taken me what seems like an age
to shed the fat from that first build. I’ve definitely seen changes all over, especially my legs but I’m disappointed with the progress in my upper body. But that’s the part that
always lags in strength and it’s my upper body I want to focus on in my next build, especially my shoulders. I really want to build for longer than last time as well, and my trainer’s reassured me that with each build you gain less fat during the build. So here are my top takeaways from first ever build …..
I’ve now completed my first ever build! Super proud of myself, a few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to cope with the psychological side of gaining weight/fat that inevitably comes with attempting to build some muscle. So whilst this hasn’t been that much of a long build (in comparison to what others do), it has felt like a long time for me. Although my build has only been for four and a half months, I’ve actually been in either maintenance mode or build mode since last July now, so for the last 9 months I haven’t been trying to lose fat/weight!!!! I think this has to be a record, most of my life has been in a ‘diet’ mode of some sort. I’ve had 4 weeks in maintenance mode and am now into my second week of leaning off which I’s so excited about. I’ve learnt a lot over the last 9 months, so here are some of my main take aways.
- Get a trainer, a training buddy or people close to you to support you. I think doing a build is harder than leaning off – mentally. It’s hard to get on the scales and see the number increase, even though you know that’s the purpose. To need to buy a size bigger in clothes, and see cellulite getting more visible. There are times when you’ll be ready to jack it in, but having a trainer and my boyfriend pushing me on got me through those times, especially my trainer. She has far more experience of this process than me and I trusted her, so when she says – you’re doing great, we’re on track’ then I listen. I had no idea where I should be at, especially with it being my first attempt at this, so getting feedback from someone who does know about the ‘growing’ process helps massively. I wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own.
- When it gets tough mentally, that’s when the magic is probably happening. Those times when you feel uncomfortable with the tighter clothes, or the number on the scales, the bumps in the mirror are the times when things are happening underneath all of that. Stick with it. Remember how much stronger you’re getting during those times. I cannot believe how much stronger my legs have got in the last few months. Just this is an amazing feeling, and makes it worthwhile.
- Enjoy the extra food!!! As soon as it starts to get reduced – you realise how much you’ve taken it for granted, and enjoy your free meals. I still have these in my plan while I’m in maintenance but know they’re getting dropped once I’m back in deficit, and I’m going to miss them. Whilst I’ve enjoyed these, I haven’t gone overboard with eating loads of rubbish food. I do think that’s important, I can see how easily it would be to gain a lot of excess weight by indulging and going off plan more.
What I’ll do better next time, and yes there will be a next time, I know I’m going to need to do this a few times to get the results I want. I would make an effort to stretch more!
If you’d like to have a build buddy, then let me know, I’ll definitely be looking for some like-minded women to join forces with in the autumn.