I planned to lose 5-10 pounds this winter before the start of the cycling season. I exercised more, worked harder, and ate well. I wanted to be ready for more climbing.
I don’t weigh myself often. Once every several weeks at most. I can usually tell whether I am gaining or losing by the fit my clothes. Tight, and I am gaining. Baggy, and I am losing. Simple. It’s not rocket science.
Imagine my horror, and surprise when I weighed my self last weekend. Instead of maintaining weight, I actually put on several pounds. I weigh more today than I have in several years. I am in better shape, stronger and, climb hills more easily. Still I am 10 pounds above my “ideal” weight.
Or, maybe not. Maybe I have a new “ideal” weight. Maybe this weight includes more muscle than the previous one. My legs are certainly larger, and stronger. And, I can do pushups now. My pants fit in the waist, it’s the thighs that have gotten tight.
The more I workout, the more I eat. I am entitled. Aren’t I? I have expended extra calories, surely, I can take a few more in.
I have a new plan. I’m going to get cut and lean like a body builder. You know the look. Keep all the muscle, and lose all the fat.
How do they do that?