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The Joys of Lifting

Well, pooh. I just got an outline of my travel schedule for 2012 and there is no way I can do the figure show for April 14. Or for May for that matter. However, I will not despair. I will prepare for the one in August.

This, of course, will throw a wrench in my Pennsic plans, but like I said before, you can't have it all. I may do an abridged Pennsic, or no Pennsic at all. It's early in the game and the show I want to do hasn't posted the final date yet. It's only "August 2012." We shall see.

At any rate, this does not discourage me one tiny bit. The more I prepare, the better the chances for me to place. And at the very least, I'm having a lot of fun with it. So there.

And with that, I would like to share some FAQ that people ask all the time. Mainly because I find it entertaining and I have nothing better to do at my lunch time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why bodybuilding/figure training?
A: Why not? It is a lot of fun, it keeps me fit, and it makes me feel good. I feel that if you're going to get into health and fitness, you should look for those activities that you enjoy. I happen to enjoy this one

Q: Is bodybuilding the only thing you do?
A: No. I consider myself a bodybuilder with a rapier and biking problem.

Q: But, won't you "bulk up" and you look like a man?
A: Have you seen me? Do I look like a guy? Contrary to popular belief, lifting leans you out, not the other way around. If you don't believe me, here's my picture. I'm the one on the right.

Q: But what about those musclebound women that look like male bodybuilders?
A: Building muscle is very hard for women. In order to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bikini, you would most likely need to take anabolic steroids. That is not only frowned upon in the industry these days (besides being illegal), but many organizations make you take anti-doping tests to make sure you're not "juicing up."

Q: But if you stop exercising, all that muscle will turn into fat, won't it?
A: Nope. Muscle is muscle and fat is fat. Muscle cannot turn into what is not. However, if you stop exercising and continue eating like you were doing when you were feeding the muscle, you will certainly gain weight. It is simple math. Caloric intake vs. caloric burn. If you stop exercising, you need to reduce your caloric intake. Even better, don't stop exercising.

Q: I have been exercising a lot, but I am not seeing any more leaning out. What's up with that?
A: Have you looked at your nutrition? Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. You can exercise all day, but if you're not paying attention to what you're eating, and you're still filling up with junk-food, you are going to plateau big time.

Q: Heh. When I was exercising, I used to lift more than you. What do you think about that?
A: Excellent! Get off your butt now and hit the weights again. You'll thank me for that.

And that's all for now. I will post more FAQ's in another entry. Or if you have any questions, drop me a note. It would be fun to have a series of "Ask the Belfebe" entries.



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Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
vaguely related: I've been meaning to ask you if you're still doing the protein powder in oatmeal thing, and if so, where do you get your unflavored protein? I can only find the stuff with weird flavorings added. (GNC says they stopped stocking that about a year ago.)
Dec. 22nd, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I still am. I get my protein (I like the Vanilla with my oatmeal) from a variety of sources. I can recommend three of them:

1. www.bodybuilding.com. They have a number of unflavored whey proteins by Optimum Nutrition and NOW among others.

2. Arlington Nutrition Corner (ANC) in Arlington. That's where I get most of my supplements these days. I know them and the place is convenient to me. You can give them a call at (703) 465-0202 and see if they carry the unflavored ones. They ship.

3. www.Topsupplementsonline.com They carry unflavored Isopure which is excellent.

Lastly, you can look for unflavored Designer Whey at Safeway or Giant. Not as good quality as the others, but it will do in a pinch.

Personally, I like to mix either Myofusion in Banana or Optimum Nutrition in French Vanilla with my oatmeal. With a little bit of cinnamon. But everyone has different tastes when it comes to that ;-)

Let me know if it helps.

Edited at 2011-12-22 07:49 pm (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Do you have any good protein bar recipes? Solvarr has asked for me to make him protein bars but they need to be low carb high fiber.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I don't have any protein bar recipes that I would recommend, since they are not in my nutrition plan. The only ones that my coach has recommended to me, and only for emergencies and never more than 3 per week, are Quest Bars. They are gluten free and low-carb. And I love them since I yet have to try a flavor I don't like.

Marcellus likes the chocolate peanut butter, while I like the mixed berry bliss and the apple pie. I have tried the chocolate brownie, and they're great too. Admittedly, it's a more expensive option than making your own, but I know that they have what I need, and since I can't have more than 3 per week, it's not too bad price-wise.

Hope this helps.
Dec. 28th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
This is just what I was looking for-- thanks!

I tried the vanilla sort in my oatmeal, but I've been doing oatmeal with raisins and the combination ended up being somewhat icky.
Dec. 28th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Happy to help!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
D@mn. You look fabulous, and I'm guessing you have the healthiest body in the state. I need to start lifting again.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have started lifting again, but I need to start doing so more than a little bit once a week. . .
Dec. 23rd, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And keep the lifting up! You go girl!
Dec. 24th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Lifting, part of my plan for the new year. For me the exercise is as much about staying off anti-depressants as it is for getting in shape. I'll take both if I can get them!

How would you suggest I start off, oh Bel the weight lifting diva? Remember I'm 58, out of shape, and will not be going to a gym or having a personal trainer. Home with my weights. I have a weight bench and dumbbells but nothing else. Willing to purchase though. :-)
Dec. 24th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. For me, it's all about the state of mind as well. It's amazing how my levels of anxiety and my SADD have decreased with the nutrition and exercise. Not the silver bullet, but a fabulous way to keep your state of mind in check :-)

As for how to start, I highly recommend the Body for Life system by Bill Phillips. It's efficient, economical, very didactic, teaches you about both nutrition and exercise, and it gives you a series of options to work out at home. The only thing that I would like to point out is that they plug the Myoplex brand as their option for protein shakes. I don't like Myoplex. It tastes terrible and for the longest time turned me off protein shakes (which I highly recommend as a complement of your nutrition plan). There are much better options in the market. I like Myofusion (not related to Myoplex) and Optimum Nutrition. But that's a personal thing.

With BFL, a bench and weights is enough. You may want to get some variety in terms of different weights, but it will get you started. Maybe a yoga mat for those ab exercises. Oh, and Bill Phillips also has a really good cookbook, as a companion to the BFL system (optional), which is Eating for Life.

Additionally, I would highly recommend a subscription to Oxygen Magazine. They are the best out there for fitness. Aimed at women, but I recommend it even for men. They have all sorts of useful information. No celebrities, gossip, beauty advice, fashion or anything else. Just honest-to-goodness articles on fitness, nutrition and the latest reasearch on health. They also include a section every month dedicated to at-home routines. Their website also has forums so you can ask questions and connect with other women who are into fitness. :-)

Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, let me know.

Edited at 2011-12-24 03:27 pm (UTC)
Dec. 25th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Thanks Bel! I knew you would be a wealth of information. :-)
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