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Offline Julielynn

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When to expect some muscle mass loss
« on: August 01, 2020, 06:40:43 am »
I was curious when some of you started seeing (upper mostly) muscle mass loss.   I have always been one of those types that was extremely muscular no matter what I ate or how often I exercised.  Even after almost a year of HRT, I could probably still throw a car on it's side.  Not exactly ladylike  Hahah.   

I do still have some gut fat (grrr yummy things), but most of what's left is the muscle mass.  I can still feel the old 6 pack underneath plain as day.  My arm and leg muscles are quite defined so it's easy to see.  203 lbs as of today.   

I got lucky in a way that my face will probably never need FFS, but there is no hiding this massive frame.  I just keep hoping it will change some eventually.  It's quite the shocking difference.  Even my neck is still thick from muscle.  Is that one of those things that takes years?  I know bone structure isn't going to change any, but that's ok, I was a wiry looking 20 somethings kid (makes me feel somewhat better remembering that).  I just had a few years as a body builder and it seemed I had a natural knack for it.    Here's hoping I don't completely keep that guy's build.  :(


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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 06:59:14 am »
I changed my hormones 3 years ago.  I have lost quite a bit of my muscle functionality that I had under T however there has not been that much shrinkage of the muscles.  My neck has shrunk some in circumference, about 1.25 inches, which is nice.  The rest of my body things look to be very close in actual measurements, but the muscles are far less defined.  While I am still on the more muscular side of femininity, it is on the fem side.  I'd like more to go away, especially on my arms which are the exact same measurements as when I started.  The thing for me is that I have never stopped doing the things that have mostly shaped my muscles.  I've got a house and a yard that has lots of work to be done on it and I am the main one responsible for it.  Thus unless I win the lotto, I'll keep doing it all, and most likely will keep much of my muscles. 

Just my two cents on this.  Good luck to you!

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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 09:35:39 am »
I am 32 months on HRT.  While never particularly muscular, I did start to see a reduction of my arm and shoulder muscles after a year or so that has continued.  My strength in lifting is less than it was before, but this also could be do to aging.  It has definitely helped with a more feminine appearance to my upper body, even though at times I am very self-conscious about my back and shoulders. I think one year is way to early to see all the results of HRT, more like three to five years. One day you will look in the mirror and realize that all that male brawn is gone!
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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 10:54:14 am »
It took years under the influence of Testosterone to build those muscles and it will take years to undo that muscle mass. Three to five years is about right and is similar to my experience. Don't forget diet and aerobic exercise. You can put away those barbells.  :laugh:

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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 08:27:06 am »
Thanks. That actually makes me feel a lot better about it.  I was getting worried there.  I was hoping it was one of those "takes a long time" things.

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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2020, 09:56:29 am »
It seems as if the muscles do decline, unless you choose to exercise them.
But that appears to be true with or without HRT.

What I find fascinating is that women are “so soft” and you with Mtf HRT get that same softness.
Not sure if that is simply because of added fat or loss of muscle, or both, but this softness is for sure just like female softness.  I am not sure if that makes any sense, but there is a real, not an imagined skin softness.  It is wonderful.

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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2020, 10:47:06 am »
I'm running off overall fat.  Not eating bad.  Progress has been  s l o w.  Still only one year HRT so will continue if I want results.

Strengthening lower body exercises.
Avoiding upper body tasks or trying to do them differently.  Some high reps with minimal or no weight upper body stuff.
I tend to weigh 15lbs more than others of same height and size.  If it's inside my bones I'm grateful
Trying not to compare too much.

Keep on Julielynn beautiful lady.  I use BB cream because you me mentiined it once in a post. 

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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2020, 02:15:13 am »
I went on a diet immediately upon starting HRT 22 months ago and i’m still on it. I started exercising regularly doing a lot of cardio and racquetball which actually keeps everything pretty well toned. With Covid my gym is closed but I have reverted to walking long distances daily. I have lost a lot of weight both fat and muscle but my strength has maybe dropped 25% over the last few years. I believe I have an athletic build for a female now and my BMI is 24.75 which is on the high end of ‘Normal Range’. I want to become slightly smaller overall but when I drop even a measly 5lbs more, my wife says I look more masculine in the face.😕

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Re: When to expect some muscle mass loss
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2020, 04:19:23 am »
It may help to change how you do things.  Suppose you had to move a lot of books.  Instead of using boxes to move as many as you can at once, move a smaller number at a time.  Use the extra time to plan and organize.  ;D