Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 08:09 am PDT
Contributed by: WatchCat
"The average woman walking into the gym will never even change their muscular circumference..."
Once again I find myself unable to qualify as the average woman! ;) While I'm not fanatical enough to put a tape measure around my muscles, I do notice when the shoulders of a jacket become tight, when the bottoms of sleeves suddenly hurt, when I can't zip up my knee-high boots anymore. So I guess I'm doing better than I thought.
I suspect that only other women over 30 understand how I can work out at the level I do and lose very little weight. The idea of enervation is an interesting one: "women develop neural pathways that allow them to access and activate muscle cells they already have." It might also explain why a handful of upper-body strength exercises are consistently difficult for me. Maybe. But I'm balancing that against the aforementioned muscle gains. And for the past week, I've been busy with a project that even the guys hate: shoveling and hauling a load of topsoil. I looked in the mirror last night and realized my shoulders looked different. Actually, almost everything looked different. Only the scale had little to say.
If you've been on the blog for several years, you probably remember that I had a chronic illness. A lot of things went into making it go away, and I think I'd call it "remission" instead of a cure. With everything that's gone on this past year, I've had too many hints that it could easily return. But while I'm writing to celebrate the fact that I've worked hard enough to actually build my muscle, I'd also like to remind people (particularly women) that there are reasons for working out beyond losing weight and fulfilling yet another "should." Whether due to enervation or muscle building, improved functionality is an amazing thing. I shoveled/hauled dirt for SEVEN HOURS yesterday.