Weight-gain progress photos

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One and a half years ago, I set out to gain weight. I wanted to increase my bone mass to reduce my chances of getting osteoporosis when I get old. Also, at my previous weight of 44kg, I wouldn't be able to donate blood even if I wanted to.

A guy advised me to eat tuna. I know canned tuna isn't the best quality tuna to eat but that's what I ate. I also ate fish oil supplements. As a body-conscious female so I didn't want to gain that much too fast. I gained 4kg over 4 months. While eating, I did weight-bearing exercises like climbing stairs, running (not slow jog) and rock climbing. I did weights in the gym only occasionally. Since then I have maintained my weight at 47.5kg-48kg.

Here are my progress pictures.

I took this picture 1.5 years ago, a month after I started.

About 45kg in Jan 2009
(Picture from my blog post Getting ready for a run)

After I gained weight to 48kg around March 2009, I had some inevitable flab.

48kg in March 2009
(Picture from my Kota Kinabalu trip )

This is me now (I did not flex my muscles):

48kg in June 2010


I am posting these pictures for my reference and also for the benefit of girls and women who think gaining weight or muscles means looking fat or bulky. With a simple exercise plan and self-motivation it is not difficult to gain "healthy" weight, i.e. bone mass and muscles. Too many girls and women are too thin but still trying to lose weight.

Do you know what's the great thing about gaining more muscles? Muscles increase your metabolic rate so you can eat more :D

Check out my maintenance exercise and diet log on Twitter.

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18 comments:

quekster82 said...

Fully agree with u. Early last year my Gf said that she wanted to lose weight.(She was 55kg I think), so she started yoga. But after a few months not much diff. Than late last year I started to help her. Started jogging and swimming. Think she exercise a good 4 to 5 time a wk. In the end she lost 4kg and have a better appetite.

Yu-Kym said...

quekster82, I have not tried Yoga but I practice Pilates. I think they are more suitable for improve toning, balance and flexibility rather than for weight-loss.

David said...

Yu-Kym,

You are right that muscles do not make anyone look fatter. Your appearance is very fit.

At my age exercise is imnportant, however I let my metabolism slow down when I started working a desk job.

The middle age flabbies attacked in full force and I am working , though not hard enough, to regain a trimmer and healthier body.

Observation & question; do people who do not know you tend to guess that you are younger than your actual age?

Trim women usually get guessed younger.



David

Anonymous said...

Yu-Kym

I must say i prefer you with a little "meat" lol ..the 48kg in march with perhaps a little toning up..would be perfect!

Definitely not the skinny current June 48kg with the boney features keke

curious cat

Vince said...

hi yu-kym,

just curious....can guys with 'beer bellies' make it slimmer by following your simple exercises?

Yu-Kym said...

David, yes, trim women usually get guessed younger.

curious cat, it is not possible to look "meaty" (fat) and toned at the same time. To look toned, body fat has to be reduced. I am happy with my body now.

Vince, yes it is possible to reduce beer bellies by exercising "simply" :) Cardio would be the most important part of it. High intensity, short bursts are more effective than low intensity, endurance cardio. E.g. instead of jogging 2.4km, sprint 4 x 100m with short rest in between. Running is not the only way to lose weight. Not everyone has the physiology of a runner and running can cause injuries. Swimming, cycling, rollerblading, climbing stairs, racket games are great ways to get a good workout too.

Anonymous said...

A little meat, not meaty fatty! a little more toned, not fully toned with all fat reduced drastically.

A nice balance of meat and toned. Not soft and flabby, not toned and boney. Is that not possible? Of course its possible. keke

Anyway, be happy with yourself.

curious cat

Yu-Kym said...

curious cat, many people have their ideas of what they like to see on the body of the opposite sex but they make no attempt to take care of their own bodies.

Anonymous said...

Yu-Kym

of course there are many such ppl around. But let not these attitudes affect our own....which invariably should be as follows:

If I desire an intelligent girl for my partner, it's best if I am mentally at par in my mental exchange with her too! If I lust for a sexy body in my girl, I best go get my body in sufficiently attractive shape for her eyes too!

Of course there are ppl who get away with it somehow! Lucky blokes! But as long as we are happy with our reasonable standards and happy with what our experiences have given us, why bother about others? We can and will get lucky too someday again. Every dog has its day too! keke

curious cat

Yu-Kym said...

Good attitude! Is your body in "sufficiently attractive"?

Anonymous said...

swim, run, gym... each activity an evening... after the day's work is done...almost everyday...so the body cant be that unattractive! hehe Occasionally in the morning on a saturday, sunday or a day off.

But running in the rain has always been pleasurable to me. Swimming too..unless there's a thunderstorm and lightning! I wonder why so very few run or swim in the rain when its quite joyful and safe to do so! hmmmmmm

curious cat

Yu-Kym said...

Well it depends how much you eat too!

Isn't it uncomfortable to run with wet shoes and socks?

Anonymous said...

Honestly, amongst other reasons why I exercise so much, I do it to eat too. I love eating (in almost every sense of the word). *wink*

And yup the socks and shoes get wet but nope, its not uncomfortable coz the water gets squashed out with the constant pounding on the ground. The dampness is never a bother till perhaps u stop. keke

curious cat

Yu-Kym said...

Me too! I'm happy about being able to eat more now. I "pity" those who sit there and look at me eat when they're on a "diet".

My running shoes are "breathable". I didn't realise that it applied to soles too until I stepped on a puddle of water and had to run 6km with the wet feeling. Not pleasant!

Anonymous said...

Running in dry weather with wet shoes are never pleasant.

Running in a steady drizzle already wet through...with wet shoes is a different feeling.

curious cat

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Running shoes with a Gor-Tex liner will let feet breath and keep moisture out.

Info @: http://waterproofrunningshoes.net/
or
http://www.milanrunning.com/waterproofrunningshoes.html

David

Yu-Kym said...

Thanks David :) Great innovation. These shoes are expensive still though.

GENE said...

Yu Kym,

Piece of advise for you and your readers. Lose the soft drinks, that will tremendously cut down phosphoric acid levels in the body, thus your body will 'steal' less calcium from your bones to flush out the phosphoric acid. As a result, higher bone density, lower level of osteoporosis and osteopenia.