I've lost a little bit of weight recently. 3 kg in as many weeks (plus I've built muscle and muscle weighs more than fat so in a sense I've probably lost even more) and lets face it - I don't really have it to lose. Which made 'me mum' upset last week because upon seeing me for the first time in a couple of weeks, she thought that my face looked very skinny. & it's made me a little upset because although I've lost weight from my face, I've still got a bit of a pot haha.
The weight loss is due to all the swimming - 4/5 times a week of 100 lengths+ - but also the fact that I've probably not upped my calorie intake enough to cope with the increase in exercise. And here's the thing: I'm happy to lose the small amount of excess body weight I was carrying and I'm definitely more than a little happy to be building up some muscle (in a toned swimmer kind of way, I don't think my frame could carry it in a body builder kind of way). I'm fast approaching 30 and if I carry on with the swimming, I should hopefully cross over into my third decade in the best shape of my life. However, if I'm looking long term and thinking seriously about swimming the channel? I have to remember that I can't be too skinny! Too little body fat and I'll get very cold, very quickly and I'll have no chance of completing the swim.
Which means that I must find a way of being super fit and ready for the physical exertion of the swim, without the super low body fat ratio of a competitive swimmer. I need a little fat on me bones to keep them warm in the freezing Atlantic Ocean. So I know what I need to do, I just have to figure out how best to do it.