Since EmpowHER contributed greatly to my weight loss (for which I am deeply grateful), I decided to entrust my dilemmas post-weight loss to this site as well. I think I have a good chance of keeping this up--I can commit to a lengthy daily workout religiously and things might get even easier in the future since I can shift my schedule when I enter college. The problem is: I'm getting muscular.
I was confident I wouldn't face this problem since I am only using 2-pound dumbbells, surely bulking up takes a whole lot more than that, I thought. I was wrong. My muscles are starting to show, making my arms, legs and waist thicker and harder. Don't get me wrong, I know that muscles are good for me. I love that I am stronger now, faster, and with longer-lasting endurance. But I don't want to look muscular. I do not find being muscular aesthetically pleasing for females (no offense intended, this is just my personal taste). I thought about lowering my workout level, but if I do so I will surely gain weight again. To avoid that, I will have to lessen my calorie intake, which I doubt I can do since I'm barely surviving on 1400 calories a day. But if I don't change anything, my muscles will only get bigger. So you see, I am stuck. What can I possibly do?