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Strength Training Update: Losing Weight, Gaining Muscle!

...At least I hope I'm gaining muscle! I've been hitting the weights 5 times a week. I've been doing stretching, crunches, planks, chest presses, lunges and so much more! I know I eat enough protein and calories and I definitely feel stronger. My trainer won't check my body fat percentage for a while but I know it's getting there!

So far no one has said they've noticed I've lost weight, which is a good thing! I've been trusting my trainer when he said to not worry about my weight. It might drop but as long as I'm eating the right foods and enough protein, it should level off. I weighed myself today and the scale read 201.8 pounds. This marks the first time, probably in my whole adult life, that I'm not in the overweight range on the weight chart. It was not my goal to lose weight, but I'm fine with it as I am now officially in the "normal body weight" area of the weight chart. According to the BMI chart (which I don't usually pay much attention to), my weight should be less than 202 pounds.

The lower carbs, higher protein is what is causing the shift in my weight. My trainer told me that the low carbs might kick start the skin tightening in the abs. I eat around 2500-3000 calories a day so I'm not starving! I eat every couple hours. I'm just letting the weight do what it wants and hopefully gain muscle. The proteins I eat are primarily vegetable based, like pea protein powder, broccoli, kale, spinach, but I do have eggs, turkey and Greek Yogurt as well.

I see my doctor on Friday and it will be interesting to hear what he says of my weight. I have lots of energy and feel great, eat healthy and exercise, so I can't imagine him worrying about it.

Here's some new pictures of my abs, hopefully they look like they are tightening. It's so hard to tell, I know, but I do see more muscle in there now. I'll keep you posted on the body fat the next tim the trainer checks it!

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