hlr1987 wrote: »
when I'm in the middle of still losing 70 pounds.
steveko89 wrote: »
For me, I'm bad at getting particularly lean and lack the mental toughness to truly bulk and "balloon" in weight as you suggested so the net effect is that I basically recomp with gradual increases and decreases. I started lifting consitently/seriously in 2015 at around 175 lbs. Since then I've stayed in the range of 168-183 lbs (6'1" for reference) and pretty consistently improved my body composition from about 18% at the start down to ~12% currently at 174 lbs by moving average, at least by my skulpt numbers.
edit: I thought the 10K picture was '15 but it was '14 and about 166 lbs. The DL pic is from a few weeks ago, <10 lb net difference on the scale.
hlr1987 wrote: »
Thanks for the information One of the best things about this forum is the chance to ask alot of lovely people for their experience and advice!
No to the 30+lb, I phrased that badly. I'm currently 12lb above a healthy bmi, and I believe I'm about 25% bf, mostly held in my lower tummy and upper thighs, everywhere else I can see some muscle definition but between post baby excess skin and genetics, it's taking longer to see anything there. I'm aware I need to keep cutting, and I should to be in a good place to transition to maintenance before the end of the summer. I'm aiming for nearer 20% bf before I change anything up, if that lines up with the bmi bracket, great, if not (shrug), my goal weight is a bit vague atm.
In part, right now I'm over planning for the future because I'm bored working at home and because, having only experienced lifting in a deficit I've hit a wall a few times and I get envious hearing people say how much better it feels lifting in a surplus. Does it feel noticeably different to lift in maintenance vs a surplus in terms of strength and recovery?
There's also the idea that it's always nice to have a goal, not sure if maintaining or recomp-ing wouldn't feel a bit aimless, and @sardelsa it's good to hear about the mental challenges as well.
There's a general idea, I think, that bulking involves ballooning for a while (that's the reaction I got when I mentioned it in conversation to other people), and when I started to research it seemed like that didn't line up with the math, especially for women. Lots of the information out there on expected progress is aimed at newbie gains, rather than someone whose been lifting for a while but never extensively outside of a deficit. I'm really enjoying lifting, and it fits nicely in my routine, and I love the effects, I would mostly just like to make more progress in strength more often but not at the expense of a waistline I've worked hard for!
steveko89 wrote: »
Decided to dig into my data a little bit and if you make a cutoff right before our son was born (12/2018) you see a pretty good representation of what a 3+ year recomp looks in a consistent life setting (same residence, job, family situation, etc.)
Scale weight: 170 to 179
BF%: 18.3 to 12.8
LBM: 138.89 to 156.088 (+17.198)
FBM: 31.1 to 22.9 (-8.2)
sardelsa wrote: »
@steveko89 fantastic job. I love to see where recomp can take people and how great it works, I wish I had the patience!
GaryRuns wrote: »
Where did you get your lean mass number from over that much time @steveko89? You haven't had a Skulpt for that long have you? That's really cool.
pitbullpuppy wrote: »
How much cardio do yall do when you're cutting and in what form? I dragged my stairclimber in and I'm spent in 10 minutes. lol
© 2021 MyFitnessPal, Inc.