I had great feedback on my first roundup last week and yes, I am doing it again this week. Today I share a real-life anecdote about how muscle changes your body along with a thought-provoking message from a fellow blogger.
How Clothes Fit When You’re Fit
I was at one of those “I-wish-I-was-rich” workout clothing stores (not a good thing as I’m severely addicted to workout clothes), trying on various wish-list items. I went through about 10 small and medium sizes and every single one was too small. Not entirely surprised but a little frustrated, I told the sales lady I needed a size large and asked if their clothes ran small.
She just kept shaking her head, furrowing her brow, and explaining that there was simply no way I could be a “large” (and no, their clothes did not run small). She said she wore a medium so certainly I should. She was a little taller than me and had a slightly bigger frame, but most notably she had “booty,” meaning she was genetically blessed with a larger, shapely behind.
I finally explained to her that I lift weights, and with that I rolled up my sleeve I flexed my bicep to prove the point. She merely continued to look perplexed (I will say that another sales lady actually gasped when I did this – ha!)
What most people don’t understand is that when your body composition consists of more muscle, clothes fit differently than when you have more body fat. I wear a size “large,” but that’s because muscle is denser than fat.
The take home? Don’t get caught up in clothes sizes and what the scale says. Muscle changes the game, friends, and it’s a good thing.
What it Really Takes
I follow a lovely lady named Jody and you may know her too. She’s one of the most gracious, generous, and positive people you will ever meet, and also pretty experienced with this fitness stuff. Her thoughts this week about what it takes to reach your goals piqued my interest:
I respectfully think we baby people too much in this regard. People expect it to be easier than it is OR that they can go back to the way they were eating & living prior to weight loss & lifestyle changes. I think people need to understand it will be hard but worth it & they can find ways to make it more enjoyable to them by finding food & exercise that works for them vs. trying to conform to a diet that they may not like long term… If expectations are that it is going to be “not that hard” or “not life long work at it”.. well, they give up because that is what it is… finding ways to let them know this & encourage at the same time is the key…”
In other words, there are NO FREAKIN’ SHORTCUTS.
I attract motivated, star clients. They work their butts off and make the big effort, including reporting to me online every week and being accountable to themselves. They think ahead and know that getting into the best shape of their lives is a long-term deal. Hell, I have one client who wants to be in the best shape of her life by NEXT SPRING. I admire her commitment to the process.
But there are *some* people (definitely not my clients) who want results quick. They have a vacation in two months or a wedding in six weeks, and they want to be all fixed up by then. Ten pounds gone and lots of fabulous muscle too. Or they have a bit of a health problem that they’re just sure can be remedied in six weeks.
I’ve learned not to work with these folks, not just because they’re impatient, but because they give up. It takes hard work to attain your dream body. It takes perseverance to overcome chronic pain or fatigue. It takes commitment to reach any goal.
I have endless respect for those who buckle down, take deep breaths, and keep forging ahead, day after day, even when they know change isn’t happening tomorrow or even next month. Is that you?
Coming Up Next Week
My clients have suggested I write a “day in the life of clean eating” post and I’ve resisted since I already written lots of clean eating articles. But I decided to follow myself (huh?) last week and document my thoughts and behaviors as I went through a typical day. I’m glad I did because I think it will be insightful to anyone looking to improve their eating lifestyle!
Until next time…