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Working out as MtF

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Northern Star Girl:
As most of my readers and followers are aware, I go to the gym regularly with my gym-gals group of 5 women plus myself.   
My tooth-fairy sweetie is in my group so that makes it very nice to have my "significant other" with me for our gym exercises.   Also I do a lot of hiking, walking and running in warmer weather, charity walks and runs, and occasional marathons and half marathons. 

One of the exercises that I like to do in the gym is with the Kettlebell.   
I use a 18 pound (8 kg) kettlebell which is more challenging and more rewarding than using some of the lighter kettlebells.
There are lighter 10 pound (4.5 kg) kettlebells but anything much less than 15 to 18 pounds will not produce the kind of muscle toning that we are paying for when we go to the gym.

Here I am in my gym outfit with a 18 pound kettlebell.   
         

Usually we do a 10 to 20 minute workout routine, similar to what is shown in the YouTube video below... 
NOTE:  I wish that I looked as good as the woman in the video.
       

flyinginside:
One key thing to do is add more fiber to your diet. This is smart for anyone in any circumstance, really. But natural fiber from veggies and grains help eliminate water weight, which a lot of people confuse with fat gain. If you weigh yourself daily, the drastic fluctuations you might notice are actually just variations in how much water your body is retaining from day to day.

Higher fiber and less sodium will help your body regulate the water it retains, and this will help give you a slimmer and less daunting body shape. It won't necessarily help you reduce body fat, but from a visual perspective you'll have a more accurate idea of what your other fitness and dietary goals should be.

One thing, though, ironically, is that when you increase your fiber intake, be sure to drink more water. Sounds counterintuitive, but your body needs sufficient water to break down and absorb the fiber -- so the fiber can reduce your water weight. The human body is just, like, the weirdest thing!

I used to have chronic bloating until I increased my fiber and water intake. I still have a chubby-wubby belly, but at least it's not being made worse by too much water weight.

-Eleanor

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