“Tone” Your Body

04/22/2011 at 11:24 am 96 comments

Happy Friday loves!!!Β  Glad you all enjoyed my WIAW eats of pizza and that marvelous Oreo pie! I told my boyfriend’s sister that her dessert became very popular and pleaded simply asked her for the recipe πŸ˜‰ Needless to say it is in my possession! Click for the recipe

I had a fabulous breakfast today which consisted of another Fitnessista Cookie

I seriously cannot get enough of this cookie!

I wanted to share my opinion today on “toning” up your body. The reason I despise the word tone is because women use it in a very misconstrued way. You don’t tone, you build muscle. The reason we lift weights is to change the appearance of our bodies and become stronger. No one likes to be weak, well at least that’s what I thought until my friend told me that she wanted to lose her love handles but not build abs or look like me. Apparently I’m too muscular. Now that’s a first.

What’s the point of lifting heavy?

    • You’ll build muscle, which helps with fat loss in the long-term. A pound of muscle can burn about 20-30 calories a day. A pound of fat burns about 5 calories a day. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn all day.
    • You’ll strengthen muscles and connective tissues which helps you perform better (whether in daily activities or physical activities) and reduces risk of injury.
    • You’ll preserve muscle mass as you age. We naturally lose muscle over time, unless we lift weights.
    • You’ll build stronger bones.
    • You’ll improve your flexibility, stability and balance.
    • You’ll feel better about yourself.


Why wouldn’t you want to preserve muscle and and improve your health? Seems mind boggling to me. It’s very very very difficult (notice the 3 very’s) to looks like this:


No average woman lifting weights will ever get like that.

  • Women who lifts weights become bulky and masculine [FALSE]

We do not produce as much testosterone as men and therefore cannot gain a huge amount of muscle by just lifting weights. Most professional bodybuilders like in the picture above take steroids in order to look like this.

  • Weight training will make you stiff [FALSE]

Weight lifting will actually make you become more flexible with a wider range of motion

  • There are certain exercises (crunches, sit ups, etc) that can reduce fat around a specific area (abs) [FALSE]

Wah wah wahhhh no you can’t spot train your body, sorry. I didn’t get the stomach I have by doing sit ups. To be honest, I hate sit ups. You need to have a well balanced diet and do compound exercises. For women, the stomach area is the last place fat will go away so you gotta really work for it.

  • In order to lose fat I only need to do cardio [FALSE]

Cardio is important but the truth is muscle is more active than fat. The more muscle you have the more fat you can burn.

  • Weigh training turns fat into muscle [FALSE]

That’s like saying I can turn a quarter into a dollar You can’t convert one into the other. You gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously.

  • Women should lift light [FALSE!!!!!!]

The body has no reason to change if you’re not putting enough resistance on your muscles. Lift heavy and go hard!!!

Being FIT is where it’s at!

This is me around 1 year after training with the workout routine my boyfriend made for me.

IMO I still have a long way to go but apparently I have too much muscle mass

Oh well to each his own πŸ˜‰

  • Do you weight train?

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  • 1. Katie  |  04/22/2011 at 11:31 am

    You look amazing! ROCK THOSE ABS!!!!

    It is true! Lifting is the best, and lifting heavy is not bad for girls!

    Love this post!

    Strong is sexy!!!

    • 2. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks love! πŸ˜€

  • 3. keepnthefaith  |  04/22/2011 at 11:38 am

    Girl you look fab. I’d kill for that stomach. I’ve had several DOCTORS tell me I’m too muscular. I was like really? Lol I’m allll about weight lifting. I wish I had a weight lifting buddy like you around to keep me motivated! It can be hard sometimes to want to lift when all my friends are doing cardio, but I have to admit I would much rather have my muscles over their skinny limbs!!
    Rock it girl πŸ™‚

    • 4. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:18 pm

      My doctor thinks I’m anorexic X{
      I go to the gym alone lol Gotta do what you gotta do! πŸ˜€

  • 5. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries  |  04/22/2011 at 11:41 am

    Wow! I’d kill for those abs! I’ll pay your bf a million bucks if he can make me a workout plan to get results like that! πŸ™‚

    • 6. Parita  |  04/22/2011 at 3:28 pm

      ME TOO!!! I WANT YOUR ABS!!!

      • 7. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:22 pm

        Aww thanks!! I was pretty offended with my friend’s comment =/

      • 8. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries  |  04/23/2011 at 2:03 pm

        Um, yeah! Who talks to friends like that? Obviously she’s just got a little bit of jealously goin’ on.

  • 9. Kimberley  |  04/22/2011 at 12:00 pm

    Girl, you have amazing abs! What a body you got on ya πŸ˜‰

    I need more weight training in my life…

    • 10. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:22 pm

      Do it! You’ll be in love πŸ™‚

  • 11. TheNoviceNosher  |  04/22/2011 at 12:06 pm

    Holy cow I want your abs!! I’m also a big supporter of weight lifting and building those muscles. You should show us your favorite moves! I could use a lesson on how to change up my current routine. πŸ˜›

    • 12. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:23 pm

      I’ll post my routine next πŸ˜‰

  • 13. Laury  |  04/22/2011 at 12:11 pm

    YES!! You need to work SOOOOO hard to look like a body builder like that, and most of them are on something to lower their estrogen SO much to look more like a man!

    You look amazing. I am having body/ ab envy! Keep up the great work!!!!

    • 14. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:24 pm

      Coming from you that means a lot!! You have a rocking body, even about to give birth!! πŸ˜€

  • 15. Hungry Dancer  |  04/22/2011 at 12:15 pm

    Your abs are AH-MAZ-ING!!!! I don’t know who wouldn’t want that!!! I completely agree about weight training! It’s really important!!

  • 16. movesnmunchies  |  04/22/2011 at 12:24 pm

    HOT BOD!! wow you look FAB!!.. this made me laugh- “That’s like saying I can turn a quarter into a dollar You can’t convert one into the other. You gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously.”

    AAHAH so true! very good analogy!

    • 17. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:24 pm

      Teehee πŸ˜‰

  • 18. Andrea @ Vegvacious  |  04/22/2011 at 1:07 pm

    You have some rockin’ abs so don’t sweat that comment at all! I would kill to even look half that amazing. Thanks for this post — I’ve been feeling frustrated with my weight loss/getting a more fit physique lately and this has inspired me to push forward. Happy Friday Girl!

    • 19. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:25 pm

      That means a lot to me πŸ˜€ Have a great day

  • 20. Ellie  |  04/22/2011 at 1:19 pm

    Loved this Jenny! well said for reals! πŸ˜€ Although we can’t spot REDUCE, I beileve we can spot BUILD and therefore should focus on certain areas as well depending on what one’s goal is. Crazy abs girl! keep rockinnnnn’

  • 21. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun)  |  04/22/2011 at 1:45 pm

    Your abs are awesome, can we please trade.

    This blog post is awesome. I hate that girls don’t think they can strength train because they think they’ll bulk up. blech.

    • 22. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 8:43 pm

      I know too many of those 😦

  • 23. Fun Simple Sweet  |  04/22/2011 at 1:51 pm

    You look great! I try to incorporate weight training into my workouts. It always makes me feel great and I love to kinda feel the definition in my arms & legs πŸ™‚

  • 24. Lisa @ Healthy Diaries  |  04/22/2011 at 2:02 pm

    You look really good! You should definitely be proud of those abs. I recently have been lifting weights since last summer and I’ve gotten so addicted! I used to only concentrate on cardio when exercising, but now I just want to tone more and more!

    Great post hun!!

  • 25. Can You Stay for Dinner  |  04/22/2011 at 2:12 pm

    Wow wow wow! You are amaaaazing. I need to be better about strength training in general πŸ™‚

  • 26. allieksmith  |  04/22/2011 at 2:16 pm

    This post was so informational, not to mention interesting!!
    You are rockin the abs girl!! I do weight train, but not very seriously hehe πŸ˜‰

  • 27. (what runs) Lori  |  04/22/2011 at 2:30 pm

    Um… abs please?!

    Amen to the lifting. Weight lifting is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 28. applesnoats  |  04/22/2011 at 3:05 pm

    i am in love with this article and you!!!ya i’m proud of the fact that I can run but I’m more proud of the fact that i can squat like a man.Plus, some of my hardest most strenous workouts are in the weight room!
    weights are the way to go!
    ps-keep rockin those abs girl:)

    • 29. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 8:43 pm

      Aww thanks Mariah!! πŸ˜€

  • 30. I Wanna Be Strong! « Fitforthesoul's Blog  |  04/22/2011 at 3:18 pm

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  • 31. Christine @ Merf In Progress  |  04/22/2011 at 3:23 pm

    Your friend is smoking crack.

    • 32. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 8:44 pm


  • 33. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin  |  04/22/2011 at 3:35 pm

    You have killer abs girl! I think you should do a post on some of your fave ab moves. πŸ˜‰

  • 34. fashionfitnessfoodie  |  04/22/2011 at 3:45 pm

    Your stomach looks AWESOME!! I need someone to make me a workout routine – I’m horrible when it comes to lifting. I alwayssss skip it. Not because I think I’m going to look like a body builder but because I get bored by myself! Maybe I should just move to Miami with you πŸ™‚

    • 35. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 8:44 pm

      Ahh you should!!! Roomies πŸ˜€

  • 36. april  |  04/22/2011 at 4:06 pm

    You look great!! I’d say maybe a little jealousy is in play with your friend!

  • 37. The Teenage Taste  |  04/22/2011 at 4:22 pm

    Whoa! Look at those abs…you look great!
    I weight train a little bit, but not as much as I’d like to. It’s hard with my crazy Track/Cross Country schedule at school, but I do try to fit it in.

  • 38. paoang  |  04/22/2011 at 4:27 pm

    I loved this post Jenny! It was so interesting reading all about the myths of weight lifting for women…I am trying to gain muscle weight so this was definitely helpful!!!

    And you look AMAZING! All your hard work has definitely paid off πŸ˜€

    Lova ya girl!

  • 39. Katy @ A Healthy Shot of Life  |  04/22/2011 at 4:30 pm

    This was a great post Jenny! And I would LOVE to have abs like yours! Have you posted your routine on the blog?

    • 40. E  |  04/22/2011 at 6:10 pm

      I’d like to see it, as well. πŸ™‚

      • 41. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:27 pm

        I’ll definitely put it up on my next post πŸ˜‰

  • 42. thequirkykitchen  |  04/22/2011 at 6:03 pm

    YOU LOOK FAB! this is a great post – u may have just inspired me to lift some weights! happy easter!

    • 43. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 6:26 pm

      Yay I’m glad!! πŸ˜€

  • 44. Flo (Coconut Chronicles)  |  04/22/2011 at 6:07 pm

    Girl you have a GREAT body!
    I do weight train… but not to excess and only resistance machines at the gym and body weight exercises at home (no free weights)
    Havea great weekend, girl!

  • 45. E  |  04/22/2011 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t weight train.. but you made me think I should!

    • 46. E  |  04/22/2011 at 6:13 pm

      Also- I’ve heard various things about doing weight training and cardio in one session- do you have an opinion as to which is better to do first? When I used to do weights, I always did them before cardio.

      • 47. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 8:46 pm

        I use to do the same thing but not anymore. I’ve read that cardio before weight training tends to wear out the muscles so you’re not getting an effective workout. Stretching is good but not cardio. I weight lift Mon, Wed, Fri and do cardio Tues, Thurs. Leaving a day in between to recover πŸ™‚

      • 48. E  |  04/22/2011 at 9:46 pm

        What about cardio after weight training? (Or are you usually too tired?)

      • 49. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 9:55 pm

        I don’t have the energy for that. I feel like death after my workout, I just wanna go home lol

  • 50. Justeen @ Blissful Baking  |  04/22/2011 at 6:26 pm

    I totally agree with you – weight training is so important for building muscle, burning fat, and keeping your body healthy!

  • 51. cinnamonalicious  |  04/22/2011 at 6:30 pm

    Wow girl, i’d KILL for those abs!! No matter what I do, my abs just wont shine through 😦 booooo!
    I love weight training though. All my friends are the same, they don’t wanna “look like a man” so stick to the treadmill all the time…boringgggg!

  • 52. leashieloo  |  04/22/2011 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, you look amazing! Would you share the plan he had you on?

  • 53. leashieloo  |  04/22/2011 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, you look amazing! Would you share the plan he had you on?

    • 54. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 9:58 pm

      Yes mam! πŸ™‚ Will post up soon πŸ˜€

  • 55. megan @ the oatmeal diaries  |  04/22/2011 at 7:34 pm

    If you don’t think you have “too much muscle mass” then you don’t! Keep doing what you’re doing! It’s all about what you like and what makes you feel good. I bet your friend was just jealous of your bod. Haha =P

  • 56. BrittFit  |  04/22/2011 at 8:35 pm

    LOOKIN GOOD GIRLFRIENDDDDDD. I do weight train alittle bit

  • 57. moveovercelery  |  04/22/2011 at 8:36 pm

    Va va voom girl! Look at that EIGHT pack! πŸ˜›

    But seriously, Jenny. I really loved this post! I would choose weight training over cardio anyday. I love running but I feel like I get the toned arms and legs from weight training! It also helps with the loss of muscle overtime!

  • 58. Lara @ six times the yum  |  04/22/2011 at 8:38 pm

    You’ve got rockin’ abs! I’d love to have yours. πŸ™‚ Interesting post! Love the “new” banner, btw. πŸ™‚

    • 59. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 9:59 pm

      Woohoo glad someone noticed! πŸ˜‰

  • 60. Mary @ Bites and Bliss  |  04/22/2011 at 9:26 pm

    Lately I’ve been doing much more cardio than weight lifting but I still lift heavy and most days a week. It’s just that when I was primarily lifting over cardio, I was actually bulking up and didn’t like it…but I think I’ve found a nice balance.

  • 61. Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots  |  04/22/2011 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, those are some abs! I lift light to be honest but it’s because I dont really like weight lifting very much haha. and don’t worry about your friend’s comment/doctor’s comment unless you’re having health issues from low body fat, which can be really problematic…

    Good post! πŸ™‚

    • 62. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Nicole! Yea I don’t listen to my doctor anymore, he’s pretty moronic lol

  • 63. Pearl (Crunch and Chew)  |  04/22/2011 at 9:40 pm

    Great post! I’m sick of hearing people say that lifting weights makes you bulk up like that picture up there. By the way, you look great!

    • 64. Jenny  |  04/22/2011 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks girl! πŸ˜€

  • 65. Kat @ Cupcake Kat  |  04/22/2011 at 9:54 pm

    Hooray for muscles! I usually do a bit of weight lifting when I go to the gym. This has made my arms stronger. My abs have been getting more defined from hot yoga!

  • 66. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!  |  04/22/2011 at 10:25 pm

    You look great Jenny! Definitely not “overly” muscular! You look amazingly athletic and healthy! I love that you are acknowledging the importance of weight training and the true and false section was GREAT!

  • 67. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)  |  04/23/2011 at 12:32 am

    I hardly do any strength training, but I would KILL for abs like yours! You don’t look too muscular at all., you look amazing!!

  • 68. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy  |  04/23/2011 at 1:06 am

    Too muscular?! That’s nonsense – you look fantastic!! πŸ™‚

  • 69. Kate  |  04/23/2011 at 9:29 am

    hahah first thing I read your post I thought you said good morning loaves haha guess we know where my head is at…. anyways thanks for the advice I think weight training is so important not only to help you burn calories but to protect your bones and health! You look fab πŸ™‚

    • 70. Jenny  |  04/26/2011 at 9:06 am

      Lmao!!!! Foodies all think alike πŸ˜‰

  • 71. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen)  |  04/23/2011 at 10:34 am

    You look fabulous girl! πŸ™‚

    What a great, informative post! I’ve weight lifting for about a year and looovvee it!! I’ve noticed so many differences, and one has been my flexibility – I used to be really stiff, but now everyone thinks I’m a ballerina or something (which I would still love to be by the way πŸ˜€ ) I also used to have week knees, but since weight lifting, my knees are so much better! It makes my sad when women steer away from weight lifting – it’s great for health, and you’re right that we really can’t get very bulky!


    • 72. Jenny  |  04/26/2011 at 9:06 am

      Glad it helped πŸ˜€

  • 73. Striving for Strides  |  04/23/2011 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours!! πŸ™‚ I love, love, love this post and wish I could show it to every girl out there. Your abs look amazzinggg, whoever said you were “too muscular” was off their rocker! You should post your routine sometime πŸ™‚

    • 74. Jenny  |  04/26/2011 at 9:06 am

      Thanks love πŸ˜€

  • 75. katshealthcorner  |  04/23/2011 at 8:39 pm

    Strength training is AMAZING!!! It has really upped my self esteem! πŸ˜€

  • 76. Tara  |  04/23/2011 at 8:59 pm

    Love this post! I’m primarily a runner, but i started weight lifting in 8th grade before I discovered running so it holds a special place in my heart.
    Ps. You are ripped! Love it πŸ™‚

    • 77. Jenny  |  04/26/2011 at 9:07 am

      Haha thanks Tara! πŸ™‚

  • 78. Sweet Cheeks  |  04/24/2011 at 6:08 pm

    you look amazing!!! Strength training is where it’s at. It’s done way for me than cardio ever has. p.s. can I have your six pack? πŸ˜‰

  • 79. Christina  |  04/24/2011 at 11:30 pm

    I am a runner and I have found that weight training helps so much when you are training for long distance runs. Love weight training! πŸ™‚

  • 80. allieatfood  |  04/24/2011 at 11:44 pm

    SIckkkk, women that look that muscular are seriously so awful looking. You on the other hand look FABULOUS! Way to go, I think that is awesome!!!

  • 81. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday  |  04/25/2011 at 9:41 am

    So right now I’m marathon training which means I have a lot less time to weightlift (only 2 days/week). Right now my body is much less muscular and “toned” than this time last year when I was weightlifting heavy 4 days per week. Cardio doesn’t make you look better.

    What you said about gaining muscle and losing fat simultaneously is not entirely true though. Unless you’re new to weightlifting. Most people also gain fat when they gain muscle. Hence bulking and cutting cycles.

    • 82. Jenny  |  04/26/2011 at 9:07 am

      I did bulking and cutting cycles but now I’m just maintaining for the most part πŸ™‚

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  • 84. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun  |  04/25/2011 at 7:21 pm

    Amen to everything in this post. And, girl, you are freaking HOT!

    • 85. Jenny  |  04/25/2011 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Tina! πŸ˜€

  • 86. pawsitivelife  |  04/25/2011 at 7:56 pm

    OMG! I want those abs!! This is a very timely post, as I decided to add some strength training to my everyday workouts. Going to get up half hour earlier and strength train three times a week and on the off days focus on stretching. maybe I will have your abs soon?

    • 87. Jenny  |  04/25/2011 at 8:03 pm

      Good luck! You should my post from today if you need some guidance πŸ™‚

  • 88. april  |  04/26/2011 at 12:58 pm

    Dang look at all the comments!!! See, people would kill for your body!

  • 89. cupcake dynamite  |  04/28/2011 at 11:00 pm

    DAMN girl!!! Can your boyfriend make me a routine, too? baahha Your abs are AMAZINGGGGGG!!!! This is definite motivation for me to get off the treadmill and lift some more! -jamie

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  • 91. Hats @ See How She Runs  |  05/10/2011 at 5:17 am

    You definitely don’t look overly muscular. In fact you look great. I’m starting the New Rules of Lifting for Women workout tonight – can’t wait! I love feeling strong.

  • 92. Natasha  |  05/13/2011 at 11:13 am

    Hi Jenny! New reader and I absolutely love your blog!!

    First of all, I had basically the same experience as you. I went through a very depressing time in my life a few years ago and figured that if there’s anything I can take control of, it’s my food intake and my body…So…like you, calories were limited to no more than 1000 (some days even less) and I wouldn’t touch a thing with fat. To make matters worse, I would just run, run, run. Result: 5’8″ and 94 pounds, weak, sad, and pretty much a bobble head… Until someone special came into my life and gave me the strength and support I needed to turn my life and my body around. Now, like you, I’m a complete fitness training junkie, yogi at heart, badass with abs and biceps and quads, woo! AND a complete health foodie!! 120 pounds 1 year later, but couldn’t have done it without the support.

    Your philosophy and your story is inspiring and I know you’ve helped many individuals overcome their struggles. You’re an idol, and THANK YOU for setting things straight about strength training! Come on ladies, lift!!

    Thank you for sharing your story and providing insightful thoughts, not to mention freakin delicious food ideas!!


    • 93. Jenny  |  05/13/2011 at 5:06 pm

      Hi!! Thank you for reading my humble little blog and I wanted to thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words. I’ve honestly never had a comment like yours before and it literally made me teary eyed. I’m so happy that you were able to change your life around and see food as nourishment and not the enemy. Hope you enjoy what you read, I loved loved loved your awesome comment πŸ™‚

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