It is a common misconception that lifting weights will make you bulky and manly. The pictures you see of female body builders are the extreme. Certainly, if you are looking for that kind of physique, weights have a lot to do with it. But I am telling you first hand that if you are looking to get a fit looking body without all the bulging veins and tank top tearing man muscles, it can be done!
I weighed about 125lbs (at 5’7), had a thin build and wasn’t working out on any kind of regular basis. I judged my fitness by the numbers on the scale. After making a decision to get fitter alongside my then fiancé (now husband) Tony, I ended up being the heaviest I had ever been. Before I started, I was super reluctant because I thought I would end up being big and bulky. The beginning was hard because the scale wasn’t going down.
By the time our beach wedding came around, I had gained 10lbs of muscle, lost fat and ended up with abs. I got the body I was looking for by eating clean, lifting weights and incorporating cardio properly. I was lean, not bulky!
Only doing hours of cardio is a huge waste of time to get really amazing results. Weighing yourself constantly will discourage you too. If you are trying to get lean, you will have to gain some muscle. GAIN some muscle.
This picture was taken on a secluded beach in Costa Rica for our trash the dress shoot and I am the heaviest I’ve ever weighed believe it or not (excluding pregnancy obviously).
-Muscle weighs more than fat
-Abs are made in the kitchen
-Judge your progress by how you feel and how your clothes fit, not by what number is on the scale
-Strong is the new skinny