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side-by-side comparison

Sunday, February 12, 2012

OK.... I did it! 2 well-educated adults could NOT figure out how to pose my body to get my hip to jut out like hers. I am definitely NOT built with a waist like that!

Looking at the comparison I'm surprised that I come as close as I do but I am well-aware of the problem spots as well! I know that I still have fat on my lower abs and thighs. I know m thighs need work. I can't quite figure out all what's going on with the core. I assume she's got more ab muscle than me, just not a sick pack? And she either has more fat or more muscle over her ribs. I would like to fix that. I don't like seeing my ribs. Ever.

Still a 'goal body' to me. Not something I'm beating myself up over not being. NOT AT ALL. But if I show this to my trainer and he says 'You can get your abs more like that if you do X and your thighs more like that if you do Y'... I would certainly give it a go!

And just to show how far I've come.... This is me at the end of February 2011.... 2 1/2 weeks before I joined the gym. 50 weeks ago....

No. I'm not too upset about not looking like a fitness model at age 40, especially when I looked like *that* less than a year ago!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/13/2012 10:03AM

    It's the lighting.

Get rid of the on-camera flash, use a side light, and there will be a shadow.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/12/2012 6:58PM

    I agree with the other ladies' comments...you look amazing. You can't get your hip to jut out like that because it is not possible without photoshopping. Her hip was the first thing I noticed because it's unattractive to me...your smile was the first thing I noticed! You look so happy! I can tell you and your hubby had fun shooting this photo.

Maybe try focusing on another goal...what about a 5k or something else fitness related not body image related? You look great, enjoy what you have:)

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ONUTHIN125 2/12/2012 6:33PM

    Be proud of YOU!!!! emoticon emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 2/12/2012 6:25PM

    You look amazing! All that is missing is the $$ that they put out to airbrush and photoshop her! She DOES have an amazing body...but we all know how it goes these days!
You have come so far and it truly shows!

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DAWNFIRE72 2/12/2012 6:01PM

    I think you look great as is, although I guess we all see room for improvement in ourselves. I think the model also has a different body shape than you do so you may never get the same lines but you have great definition in the abs.

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VADAVICTORIA 2/12/2012 5:43PM

    Excuse me... have to go pick up my jaw from the floor....

YOU LOOK FABULOUS, TANYA! Congratulations!!! Nike should get YOU as their model.

Wow wow wow. So inspired now!

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PCOLAGATOR 2/12/2012 5:27PM

    Her waist is probably a combination of body shape and editing. It's not possible to get that type of waist definition unless that's your body shape. Most women have a rectangle body shape where there is very little difference in bust/waist/hip measurement. In order to have that type of waist curve you would need to be closer to a pear or hourglass shape

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JENNYR0506 2/12/2012 5:17PM

    Twenty years younger, a foot taller, what does it matter! You look great. I think your abs are far better than hers anyway. What's with those two long "muscles" down each side of her abs? You have a very well defined "pack."

emoticon Jenny

(BTW: Your before pic looks so much like mine it's scary.)

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TANYAP71 2/12/2012 4:55PM

    Oh, I know that the image is most likely retouched. But I am meeting with my trainer soon to set some goals for the upcoming year. Working on those trouble spots - IF they can be addressed in the gym - is something I'd like to do. If he looks at the picture and says - it's photoshopped, she's genetically gifted, she's 20 years younger, let it go .... I will.

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HEALTHY14REAL 2/12/2012 4:48PM

    WOW - What a transformation you've made in your life. I think you're doing terrific and should not worry about that picture. I agree with Brina - that model may not really look like that anyway.

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BRINAGU3 2/12/2012 4:23PM

    it is entirely possible that you are comparing yourself to a photoshopped image. Leave it be and be the best you that you can be.

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Things that make you go 'hmmmm.....'

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I look at a lot of fitness pictures, trying to get an idea of what my 'goal' body is. I've collected a few and over time I've decided that I want a body that is 'softer' than a lot of the early pictures I saved. As I drop more body fat I become more certain that I *don't* want to be super lean.

Yesterday I came across this picture:

I think that is closest to what I want. She's obviously muscular but she's not 'ripped'. I like that. (I also think she's probably photoshoped as her skin is PERFECT but I hope the general 'softness' is not photoshopped!)

I showed the picture to my husband and he said 'Well, your hair just needs to be a little longer and curlier.' Makes me wonder whose image of my body is skewed because I don't feel like I look like this yet.

It's almost time for AF and I'm a tad bloated now but after that passes I *will* be having him take pictures of me in a similar pose. I want to do a side by side comparison!

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MOONSTORMER 2/12/2012 1:19AM

    it's funny the image that we all have of ourselves - hardest to change our own perception. i hope the side by side comparison helps, although keep in mind the photoshopping - it's not just the skin that they change - the fold in her waist will have been smoothed, as well the creases that come from putting your arms that way...

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/11/2012 6:50PM

    Yeah I agree:) I love cuts showing not bones.

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JENNYR0506 2/11/2012 6:27PM

    Just keep that word "Photoshop" in mind!! They can do more than just alter skin tone. Her whole abdominal section might be a "ruse." Having said that, if you come anywhere near to looking like her, you should be thrilled. I know I would!!

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DAWNFIRE72 2/11/2012 10:47AM

    I like the idea of doing a similar pose to see how you look in comparison but you may be surprised by the results. I know I have issues still even though I am maintaining, I don't see my body the way my hubby or kids do.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 2/11/2012 8:47AM

    I think this models body is beautiful. It is toned and obviously fit, but not too muscular.
I think we will always see our bodies differently than others do...somehow we are never *completely* satisfied!


Side by side pictures might be kind of fun.
Maybe you will be brave enough to share! LOL...I am not that brave!

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2 more workouts.... I need a break

Friday, February 10, 2012

I got 2 'Fine Tune' phase workouts in this week so I only have 2 more to go. I also got in one centergy class. Low end of how many times I want to go to the gym but life continues to get in the way.

So..... this was my last heavy lifting workout of the phase. I had to drop WAY down on what I deadlift. I dropped from 135 to 95 pounds. (dropped to 115 and it still wasn't enough so dropped another 20) Definitely something going on with my lower back. It's not bad but it's persistent. I half wonder if I hurt it the day I lifted the 135 (4 sets of 5). Anyway.... between the lower back pain and some elbow pain (from high pulls, I think... so I dropped them a week ago) I think my body is calling out for a break. I'm going to wrap up this phase, meet with Dave, and figure out how to give my body a break without losing ground. I'm hoping that a couple weeks of centergy only will be sufficient. (ie: BW only, no lifting)

This week has been NUTS. Not only did I miss a day at the gym, I am also big time behind at home. I haven't even had time to bake for the family so they are eating more packaged crud than I'd like. I *think* life will calm down next week. Maybe? If no one gets sick!

I might be seeing a s-l-i-g-h-t trend upwards in muscle mass and downwards in fat mass. I am now seeing 17.3-ish for my handheld bf analyzer and consistently under 20, sometimes almost down to 19 on the scale. Not sure where the fat is coming from. I'll do measurements next week.

Asthma seems to have calmed down. Thank goodness. I don't like exercising on albuterol. Does wacky things to my heart rate.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 2/10/2012 5:56PM

    Yeah I hear ya about needing a break...
Rest is very nice:)
Listen to your body. It knows best:)

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4 more workouts.....

Friday, February 03, 2012

I've only got 4 more workouts in phase 4 of the Female Body Breakthrough. Must get after pictures when I wrap up. I'm not sure this last phase has been very productive for me given all the interruptions. Perhaps I will revisit it right before the cruise.

It's almost time to meet with Dave and come up with some sort of plan for moving forward. I want to build muscle in general. I need a workout to do alone on ST days and I want to do one 'killer' workout with him per month. I'm not sure he can write those up for me to do on my own though. I can see myself doing 2 'normal' ST workouts and one 'killer' one a week. I'm interested in kettle bells and total body moves and in getting my thighs smaller/more toned. They haven't gotten smaller in MONTHS - literally! My waist and hips are shrinking and my thighs aren't. I'm looking sort of frog-like these days!

As for operation build muscle..... muscle mass is up and down... maybe trending ever so slightly upwards. Nothing dramatic, that's for sure. My weight continues to drop slowly... to the point where I'm actually 5+ pounds under my original goal weight. I've slowly adjusted my maintenance weight downwards though. I'm guessing eventually my original goal will be the top of my maintenance range: 116-126. I'm now smack in the middle of that range. I'd rather get some muscle on.... but, well, that's harder than it sounds apparently!

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SKYWATCHERRS 2/3/2012 4:49PM

    Building up your muscle mass is hard - cuz you're a woman. We women dno't have enough testosterone to put on mass like guys do, unfortunately.

Stick with the ST and lift HEAVY. It's okay to lift a weight that you can only get 1, 3, or 5 reps out of. Make sure you're eating plenty of protein as well, since that's a major building block of muscle mass.

Keep up with compound movements, big lifts like deadlift, pull-ups, push-ups, rows (lots of variations), squats (lots of variations), lunges, etc.

How did you like Rachel Cosgrove's Female Body Breakthrough? I've heard a lot about it but I haven't checked it out for myself.

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la la la la life goes on

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I'm talking to my son from the bottom of the steps, he's not looking so hot but, eh, he hates having to go to school so early in the morning so I don't think much of it. Next I know he's getting sick in the bathroom. UGGGGH. 24-hr exclusion from school for vomiting AND a stomach bug is going around so I call him in and cancel all my plans for the next 2 days assuming he's finally gotten hit with the bug the rest of us have already had.

Then.... nothing. He seems FINE. The rest of us have had the stomach bug in the last month so we know how it goes. I don't think he's got it. He takes meds in the morning and this morning he took them and a big glass of water (as per directions) but didn't eat (the whole 'it's too early' thing) and got sick. My money's on the meds. I hate that he's missed a day of school for this. He's spent a lot of time practicing trombone and making up work he needs in his English binder but which he's lost (after getting credit for it. sigh... why can't he learn to file it so he doesn't have to do it twice?). I've tackled an at-home volunteer project I've neglected due to out-of-the-home activities. Not a total waste of a day but not what I wanted.

Typical of what my life has been like for the last month. I'm so fortunate that I get to be a SAHM. But SAHMs have lives and routines too... built around being 'there' for everyone outside of the school/work day.... and it's stressful to have them disrupted. I get resentful of having my time treated as worthless just because I'm not paid for it.

All the missed workouts of the first month of 2012 have made me realize I got REALLY lucky to be able to go to the gym so regularly for the last 9 1/2 months of 2011! I am maintaining my weight (although not making any fitness progress), despite my lack of routine right now. I'll just keep soldiering on. Eventually things will even out again. Just have to keep on keeping on until they do!

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MICRAELIE 2/3/2012 8:28AM

    Hang in there. You can handle the stress and disruption. I hope you take this opportunity to also think about how you deserve that time you've carved out for yourself, and you'll be back to your routine. (Darn, those pesky children who thwart our plans. LOL)

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ERIKO1908 2/2/2012 11:52PM

    all we can do is keep moving forward!! :)

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DAWNFIRE72 2/2/2012 6:17PM

    I hope that your son is doing better. I know how that goes at times I've had to call myself in for a personal day to take care of sick kids. I also think it is unfair that SAHMs don't get the respect they deserve (I have heard people say "Oh but she is ONLY a home maker"......uh do you know what goes into running a home single handed?).

Hope that February is a better month than January seems to have been for you.

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