Welcome all to my first post and my blog. I am new to world of blogging so I welcome feedback and comments.
Now you may be wondering what is all this T-Rex business about. No, I am not and never was a student of paleontology, don’t have a keen interest in dinosaurs per se. The T-Rex is the name my sister and I have comically named the pear-shaped body. A body with very little upper body mass, virtually no shoulders, but built to chase down prey with large, powerful legs that are heavy in the thighs. A tiger by contrast has a balanced body. WIde, muscular shoulders and front legs are accompanied by powerful, sturdy hind legs. In my opinion, I am a T-Rex body type but I would like to be a tigress. This blog is all about my quest to transform my shape from T-Rex to Tigress. An impossible feat? I don’t think so. Sure I won’t be looking like Ms. Monica Brant (the true tigress in my opinion) but I am hoping for realistic goals. I do like the look of Jennifer Lopez’s body. Yes, she is full and curvy below the belt, but I think she is balanced with wide shoulders and lovely, defined arms.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a pear-shaped physique. Not that there is anything at all wrong with that. There must be many people who love their curvy, full thighs and “junk in their trunk.” I on the other hand, would like to personally balance out my body. So how will I achieve this? I have had my first consultation at the gym as well as extensive research on the internet. All roads lead to one direction. Heavy weight training above the waist, with 5-8 reps at two sets or so. As for the lower body, light weights with plenty of reps and at least 4 sets. I also need to increase my cardio, and will attend Tabata and Spinning. I also enjoy running, and will continue to do so. Not to go unmentioned, a clean and lean diet. This will be a struggle, as I do like my chocolate (anything cake, bars, brownies) and a goblet, I mean glass or two of Shiraz. I will not cut anything out completely, but I do intend to cut back as I find when faced with deprivation I usually end up splurging on culinary delights. I love healthy food, fruits and veggies, fish and lean chicken, so I should have no problem in this area. The consultant at the gym also advised to be mindful of portion sizes and keep my portion of rice down to half-a-cup. Growing up in a Caribbean home, rice and beans was a main staple of every dinner and I do love rice.
So folks, there you have it. Join me on my journey, the highs, lows and plateaus as I attempt to turn from T-Rex to lean, mean Tigress. I will be honest, candid and let you know if I skip a day at the gym, become discouraged, reach for that glass of Shiraz or brownie and all the positives in between too. Who knows? Maybe someone will as offer me some tips and advice along the way. Wish me luck.