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March 12th, 2013, 12:21 PM
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I wanted to get some thoughts about this. Here are my latest pics.



I hadn't really planned on trying to gain weight when I started my transformation, but now I think maybe I should. I want to say I have not lost weight since I started this in January. My weight is more or less the same in these two pictures but I think you can see how much leaner I look. So, now I think that I might need to start gaining weight and I'm not sure the best way to do that. I don't want to gain fat. I want to build muscle. I'm thinking about having an extra protein shake for breakfast or maybe adding a protein snack like cottage cheese or yogurt and fruit, or maybe cook some chicken and have strips of chicken for snacks during the day. I am not sure how many calories to add to my diet per day or what kind of snacks I should be eating. I've never really tried to gain weight before and I want to do it in a way that I don't just end up with a gut or extra flab on my butt.

I guess I just wanted your some thoughts about this. Do you think I should try to gain weight? Also do you have any other ideas for good snacks that are high in protein?
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March 12th, 2013, 05:38 PM
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Questions like this really make me wish Tonya was still around! I don't know anything about this at all, but I would *think* that your plan to increase calories by increasing protein would be good. But there's no reason to overdo it because I also know that your body can only utilize so much protein at once, I think 26g per meal (every 3-4 hours) is what they say for women.

You're making great progress, btw. Your arms and abs have really gotten defined, good job!
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March 13th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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Questions like this really make me wish Tonya was still around! I don't know anything about this at all, but I would *think* that your plan to increase calories by increasing protein would be good. But there's no reason to overdo it because I also know that your body can only utilize so much protein at once, I think 26g per meal (every 3-4 hours) is what they say for women.

You're making great progress, btw. Your arms and abs have really gotten defined, good job!
I am going to do some reading on this, hopefully today. I have never tried to gain weight and I feel really weird about it. The truth is I don't even know if I will gain weight. I think my body just may need more calories now that I'm working out. I am so confused about what I should be doing now. I just know I don't want to shrink anymore or look any thinner. I just want to do this gradually so I turn it to muscle and not fat.

My protein drinks are not all protein. I think adding one extra will be fine. I just am not sure if I should be adding more. One drink has 15 grams of protein and I mix it with milk so I'm getting the carbs and protein from the milk too. I don't think I am eating enough for how much I am working out. I just don't know how many calories I should be eating now. I'm a little frustrated. Plus, I'm having anxiety about gaining weight. I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I have had issues in the past with my body image and had an eating disorder. So in my mind I still find myself resistant to gaining weight, even when I know it will make me look better. This is a big step for me because I am finally trying to be healthy and fit and not just skinny.

Thanks for your words about my progress. I wasn't sure if I was really making progress till I looked at my pics. I'm so glad I took pictures. It makes me want to stick with it.
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March 13th, 2013, 07:47 AM
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I wouldn't really try to gain weight per se but I would try to gain muscle which would most likely cause some weight gain. I would definitely add in a protein shake after you weight train which should help increase muscle mass. Also you will want to lift heavy weights to increase muscle mass.

You look great. I can definitely see the new muscle definition.
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March 13th, 2013, 08:03 AM
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I wouldn't really try to gain weight per se but I would try to gain muscle which would most likely cause some weight gain. I would definitely add in a protein shake after you weight train which should help increase muscle mass. Also you will want to lift heavy weights to increase muscle mass.

You look great. I can definitely see the new muscle definition.
I was kind of thinking the same thing. I don't think I will necessarily gain weight on the scale, but I want to gain muscle. I have a feeling I will gain weight on the scale, but I think if it's muscle weight it will be fine. I really don't want to get too much bigger because I don't want to have to buy new clothes. LOL. But, I definitely don't want to get any smaller. I think if I add calories/protein that will help me gain muscle. I guess I'm just going to do this gradually and see what happens.

It's funny because at first I thought I might need to lose a few pounds to lower my body fat. I've known that muscle is denser/heavier than fat. So I knew that changing my body composition could make me appear thinner. I just think I didn't believe it till I saw it with my own two eyes. LOL.
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Would working with a sports nutritionist be an option for you?
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March 14th, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Would working with a sports nutritionist be an option for you?
I don't know if we have anything like that close by. We live in a pretty rural area. We don't even have a gym close to us anymore. I think I want to do some reading on nutrition and muscle building. I may buy a book. I feel like there is so much to learn. And I don't feel like I know what I'm doing.
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March 14th, 2013, 01:23 PM
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you look like you've already been gaining muscle and definition. you look amazing!
how much protein are you currently getting a day?
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March 14th, 2013, 01:35 PM
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you look like you've already been gaining muscle and definition. you look amazing!
how much protein are you currently getting a day?
Thanks! You know I'm not sure exactly how much. I am aiming for 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbs, and 20 percent fat (or less). I think that I haven't been eating enough in overall calories. I was probably only getting at the most 1400 calories a day, and I think that is good for weight loss but I don't want to lose weight at this point. I have decided to up my calories by 200 a day with either a protein shake, a protein bar, or some type of snack that has a lot of protein. Today I had cottage cheese which has 12g of protein with some fruit and I had a protein shake for breakfast and after my workout. I think if I do this gradually I can see if it works or if I need to add more. I'd rather do it slow and gain weight/muscle slowly.

I started to post yesterday about this but dh and I had a bit of a fight yesterday when I said I thought I needed to try to gain weight. He thinks I look great and that I'm caring too much what people think. I think he is afraid I want to turn into some big bulky muscle bound woman or something. Truth is, I think him and I are not on the same page about my body, but oh well, it's my body. LOL. I think he will like the end results. I think I'm just scaring him by saying I want to get bigger. LOL
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I've read that for most women it is just plain impossible to get "bulky" unless you are taking hormones or something. So I guess just listen to his concerns (within reason) and then do what you decide is best.

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I don't know if we have anything like that close by. We live in a pretty rural area. We don't even have a gym close to us anymore. I think I want to do some reading on nutrition and muscle building. I may buy a book. I feel like there is so much to learn. And I don't feel like I know what I'm doing.
I totally relate- I live in western Upper Michigan (Ontonagon area) and there is NOTHING here unless I take a road trip. That's why I was so excited to see those Zumba classes in my little town and worried they won't last if there isn't enough interest.
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March 15th, 2013, 07:44 AM
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This eating more is killing me! LOL. You wouldn't think it would be difficult to add 200-300 calories a day. The first day I added a protein shake to breakfast but then I was full and skipped my midmorning snack so I don't know that I accomplished much that day. The next day I did better. Today I had a shake with breakfast and am trying to have my mid morning snack and it's taking everything in me to eat it because I'm just not hungry. I would add the shake to my mid afternoon snack but 1- I have a shake in the afternoon already and 2 - I think I'd just lose my appetite for dinner. I feel like at least this way by the time I do my workout my food will be digested and I can use it towards that workout. I just feel like a total dork struggling with eating more. I'm just in a habit with what/how I eat and extra just feels like too much.
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