Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Moving On Up... To A New Weight Class

For those of you who do not know me, I am quite petite. I am about 5' 3" tall and have a three-pound fluctuation range for my weight. In fact, it's pretty difficult for me to gain any pounds, despite my ravenous appetite. Don’t hate me, blame my mom and dad, for the superb Asian genes! Because of this, I eat without holding back, without any thought, without any guilt. I have never dieted, never obsessed about clothing sizes, never even bought a scale! Over time, people told me that eventually my metabolism will slow down and I need to be mindful of my intake. After high school, I waited. After university, I waited. I've been waiting, but it never happened...

... until now. For the past couple of months, I have amped up my workout since bathing suit season is right around the corner and I plan on being at the beach every weekend this summer. I am doing a lot more running, a lot more elliptical, a lot more spinning and definitely a lot more weight training! While I am loving the end result (wanna see the gun show?), I have also discovered the downside of gaining all this muscle mass: poundage. I am no longer part of the “one-zero” weight class. In fact, I no longer have a zero in my weight! I stared at the scale in disbelief and got off. Yes, I know that muscle weighs more than fat, but to not see that zero as the middle number was... strange. Is this what the rest of the female population frets over on a regular basis?

I immediately went to my closet and looked for my personal weight barometer: a pair of jeans from my university days. I nervously put them on and... phew, they still fit! In fact, they fit a little better in the rear, if I do say so myself. Then I remembered all the positive things that someone recently told me (yes, you!), and my doubt and insecurity melted away. Maybe it isn't so bad to move up to a new weight class. If someone else thinks I'm "perfect" just the way I am and that I shouldn’t change anything about my body, then perhaps I should think that way too!


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you've put on a few extra pounds, because my current ice cream & guacamole dipped "whatever I can find that has a crunch" binge has put a few on me as well! Now starting tomorrow, I plan to get back to work on "my" butt muscles! You will be my motivation! ;)

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