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    Loss of Vanity= Loss of Motivation to Build Muscle. Advice Needed.

    Three months ago I decided to take up strength training because mainly I wanted to build my physique. Secondly, I also wanted to build strength. I dived right in, I read many articles and watched many YouTube videos on working out. I was motivated, inspired and lifting progressively. My eating was on point. I started to see some small progress in my muscle tone. I was 103 lbs, so I was able to notice a difference after two months.

    About 3 weeks ago, I went through this shift in my concern with my body image. I am feeling more comfortable with myself going out in public with no makeup and wearing clothes which I normally wouldn’t find flattering...(Plain white t-shirt, jeans, flats- the basic.) I was also out of town to visit family at this time and I had acquired a lot of stress and anxiety which cut into my working out. Also, I had completely lost my appetite.

    Coming back home from the trip almost two weeks ago, I had regained my appetite but I have lost complete motivation to weight train. I am currently 100 lbs. and I feel awful about it. I still want to build a physique but it doesn’t seem as important to me as when I started...even though I still want a great body composed of muscle and definition (I hope that made sense.).

    I just started going to a cardio kickboxing class that I attend 1 time a week. I also do a little bit of yoga but I know that I won’t get the body I want through these two activities alone.

    I am working with a therapist and this is something I wanted to address with her today, but the appointment was cancelled.

    I want to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this? Is it normal when one starts their weight training journey? Could I have just burned myself out? It’s making me sad knowing that the hard effort I put in seemingly all went to waste based on the way my pants fit
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    Hi AMarie! I think what might have happened was whatever stress you endured, during this family visit, was enough to temporarily affect your motivation. What was so stressful (or demotivating) about visiting your family? Was it simply because you couldn't find the time (or opportunity) to get to the gym? You only lost 3 lbs! That's not enough of a weight loss to set you back!! You've haven't been set back at all. Just get right back to a weight lifting regimen!

    I just want to let you know that it's impossible to gain a muscular and defined physique in only three months. It can actually take a couple of years (or more) to really put on some noticeable lean muscle mass, sculpting and (lastly) definition... This holds especially true for all women, even women in their prime years. So, the good news is you didn't really lose anything! You just lost your appetite and a tiny bit of weight- that's all!! If you start right back up again with where you left off, with the weight lifting, you will regain your motivation and those three little pounds easily!

    You're back in the gym, making the effort to show up, so you ARE motivated! Now you just need to skip the yoga (for now) and hit the iron again! I think it's great that you feel comfortable, completely natural in your own skin, not feeling the need to "doll yourself" up all the time. Life can get hectic and it's not realistic to look perfectly put together all the time, right? So, why not take that natural confidence back to the weight room? What routine did you get started on? I'm almost positive you did not burn yourself out after a few months. But give me an idea of what you were doing consistently...
    When I hear people say, " You should tone down your physique," I know I've achieved my fitness New Year's resolution:)

    Cheers to everyone having 2020 vision/insight this decade...
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    Hi etet1919, thank you for your reply. I was not following any specific program. I was just making sure to lift progressively and working each muscle group about 2-3 times a week. I was doing both compounds and isolations. Can you recommend a program for me to follow? I am not looking to build a whole lot of muscle...just about 5 lbs. or so. I’m more so looking to recomp.
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    Originally Posted by AMarieV View Post
    Hi etet1919, thank you for your reply. I was not following any specific program. I was just making sure to lift progressively and working each muscle group about 2-3 times a week. I was doing both compounds and isolations. Can you recommend a program for me to follow? I am not looking to build a whole lot of muscle...just about 5 lbs. or so. I’m more so looking to recomp.
    Hello! Yes, in order to build (recomp) you need to progressively lift heavier (relative to weight and abilities) and hit those muscle groups 2x/week (in general). Using both compounds and isolations is part of a well-rounded routine. Being consistent and putting in your best effort can be even more important. I promise you, most women do not have to worry about building "bulky" muscle by following these protocols! The results you will get include improving your LBM (body composition), overall increased strength and confidence ...No woman can go wrong with this winning combination! I would recommend Fierce 5 for you (keep in mind, I can only go by the info you've given me) or possibly 5/3/1... Take a look at the stickie layouts (workout programming sub-forum) for these 2 programs and tell me your thoughts...

    One more great idea: look into pro Jamie Eason's livefit program at Live Access!!
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    Thank you for those suggestions. What would your opinion be about “Strong Curves?”
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    Originally Posted by AMarieV View Post
    Thank you for those suggestions. What would your opinion be about “Strong Curves?”
    Bret Contreras' program is highly recommended on this site. It's usually recommended when women say they want to build rounder well-developed glutes. As long as the program includes hitting all muscle groups with 2x/week frequency, I don't see why you can't try it!
    When I hear people say, " You should tone down your physique," I know I've achieved my fitness New Year's resolution:)

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