New Rules of Lifting for Women progress so far

Progress is a funny thing.  It can be like when you’re writing an essay, and you can see progress as the paragraphs increase and as your word count grows.

This is the progress I am seeing right now.  I see the lifting numbers increase weekly, and while that is great as numbers don’t lie, I don’t see it when I look in the mirror.  I don’t see visible muscles.  I don’t see a more streamlined body. I still see the same overweight body I’ve seen all my life (apart from the few months weeks after I lost 85 pounds).

Let me elucidate further.  I don’t expect to look like Jillian Michaels after a few months of strength training. (I did Starting Strength for a few months before changing over to NROLFW.)  I did expect to look a little better.  I don’t.  It’s frustrating.  It makes me question lifting heavily at this stage of where my body is, size/weight wise. (The perils of being short, le sigh.) It makes me wonder if I should have dramatically lowered my calories and done more cardio to start and then moved on to lifting.  And thoughts like that just lead me down a road I don’t want to go down again.  It just leads me down a to disordered eating, severe calorie deprivation, and constant hunger.

I understand all of the health benefits to weight lifting and the science behind it.  I know eventually my body will catch up (hopefully) or I will have to start reducing calories even more, which I really don’t want to have to do.  (I currently eat 1500 calories/day as a baseline, and I do eat back some exercise calories especially on days that I lift.  And before you ask everything is weighed and measured and tracked- which can be stressful sometimes, but that is another story for another time. I also eat plenty of lean protein.)

So the numbers: Stage 1 of New Rules of Lifting For Women

  • Weight loss: 7lb
  • Hips & Waist: -2 inches each
  • Calf & under chest: -.5 inches each
  • Squat: starting: 15kg/33lb
    halfway: appx 25kg/55lb (I have switched to using the Smith machine while I work on my form and b/c of my still slightly wonky knee.)
  • Seated row:  starting: 18kg/40lb
    halfway: 45kg/99lb
  • Step up: starting: 8kg/17lb
    halfway: 8kg/17lb
  • Deadlift: starting: 20kg/44lb
    halfway 55kg/121lb
  • Dumbbell shoulder press: starting: 6kg/13lb
    halfway: 10kg/22lb
  • Lat Pulldown: starting: 18kg/40lb
    halfway: 36.6kg/80.6lb
  • Lunge: starting 6kg/13lb:
    halfway: 6kg/13lb  (This is the one I have the hardest time with for some reason and have been working on modifications using a stair or step to allow for a better range of motion.  It’s weird.  I am really flexible, but not in doing lunges.)
  • Swiss ball crunch: starting: no weight
    halfway: 12kg

I am pleased with this progress, and I look forward to seeing more after this last half of stage 1.


How do you measure progress?

1 Comment

  1. 22/02/2013 / 19:29

    I do think I see progress. I’m very proud with the progress you’ve made so far 🙂 I know it’s been rough and believe you’ll start to have results you can see soon.

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