Great post Sailordoom!
I think what you said about lifting is spot on.
Everything guys do to get big muscles cause women to get lean, athletic, and toned.
I think its a shame that most women think that weight lifting will make them bulk up, when the opposite truly happens. They in turn never pick up any weights or go at the weight training seriously and spend way too many long grueling hours doing marathon cardio sessions (YUCK! which are seriosuly boring and not challenging at all!)
Its all about testosterone, we have it so we get big muscles, women produce a fraction of the testosterone men do, so they produce way less muscle mass too. It doesn't mean they can't be really strong and lean, it just means that the size of their muscles cannot naturally get as big as a man.
It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. ~Muhammad Ali
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July 6th 2010: 225 lbs, 24% body fat
Nov 30th 2010: 181 lbs, 12% body fat
Dec 28th 2010: 177 lbs, 11% bf
Total weight loss 48 lbs.