Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Upper Body vs Lower Body

I've been doing athletic-type, plyo workouts for about 2-3 weeks now, along with cardio 5 days a week, and feel nearly content with how my body's responding. My diet is clean all week, with some weekend treats to keep life interesting and fun. Basically, I feel good about what I'm doing and eating.

And then, yesterday in the gym, Jerry commented that I'm losing size in my shoulders. That comment SHOULD have made me feel happy, since my whole goal lately has been to trim down a bit. But as proof that my mind is still all messed up, I kind of freaked out.

Me: What do you mean ... losing size?! *immediately hit a front pose in the middle of the gym
Jerry: Isn't that what you wanted?
Me: Well, yeah ... I guess. Do my legs look smaller?
Jerry: Um. (smart man)
Me: I'd really like to keep my shoulder size, but get my legs smaller. Is that possible?
Jerry: It'd be tough to do ...

So therein lies the conundrum. How do I keep the size in my delts, while at the same time, reduce the size of my quads? I'm resigned to losing some muscle all over for awhile before building up certain areas again. I need to stop focusing on the swirling thoughts in my head and just stick to my plan. Note to self: patience is a virtue.


  1. It's got to be tough to lose size, mentally. You've worked so hard to put it on, then to watch it go away (even though that is the goal) has got to be difficult. I think you're right though.....just stick to your plan. Easier said than done, but you can do it!

    I don't remember if you mentioned it or not, but how much size are you looking to lose?

    Happy hump day!

  2. Basically, I just want to lose some size in my legs right now. I really only like my legs when I'm lean, but it's not healthy to be super lean all year. So if I lose a lil bit of size, they won't look like tree stumps in the off-season. :P