As part of the Done Girls Red Hot challenge, we have been asked to post a blog entry about the body we want, and to reflect on how our nutrition and exercise plans are supporting that goal. Are you eating/exercising for the body you want? Or the body you have?
We are also supposed to post starting stats/photos/etc. to provide a frame of reference for our progress.
Challenge starting weight - 237. That one is easy (my sig has all my challenge weight goals).
As for my shape... I'm short-ish (5'4" if I stand REALLY tall). And I am kind of shaped like an ancient fertility goddess.
Starting measurements and photos? Not so much - I find them demoralizing and while they may be great to have at the end of the challenge, they will not do much to make me feel good right now. Luckily I do have the odd pic snapped of me that I can use if I want to reflect back later.
I don't take measurements, but I do have reference pants. Right now, I'm fitting nicely in the 20's, but am not into the 18's yet. I have a couple of XL elasticized waist rugby pants that require a very loose and long top to not look like a sausage in them. And I have some size 18 dress pants that I'm dying to wear, but have not even bothered trying on yet.
Where do I want to be? I want to be healthy and curvy. And strong. I will never be "thin".
I want to morph from this
. Right now I feel like that first emoticon - like I'm bounding towards my goals with enthusiasm, but I'm still a roly-poly figure being driven forward by sheer momentum. I was athletic when younger and could lift weights with the boys. I'd like to be strong like that again. The second emoticon to me says control and power and strength and definition. That's where I want to be.
I am currently eating like a 150 lb woman should - 1500-1800 calories. And I will do everything in my power to keep my calorie range up there, because I don't think I can handle eating less in a day. But I can always move my body more or accept slower weight loss as I ease into maintenance.
My exercise is getting there. I'm doing my C25K training. I'm working on either incorporating active living (gardening/swimming/canoeing/k
ayaking) on non-training days, or doing some strength training or time on the treadmill in lieu. And I'm just trying to boost my walking throughout the day - taking some long ways instead of short cuts, climbing stairs, etc.
This is the basic plan that got me down to 191 a couple of years ago before I lost my mind and regained all but 2 pounds of the 64 I had lost. At least I know what my body responds to! And I know that as I lose more weight, I'll find other strenuous exercise more appealing. I like to challenge my body and push things. One goal that I have for the fall is to be at a weight and fitness level where I can take part in a bootcamp in a meaningful way.
I was looking at my vision collage I made 2 years ago, and I still like it. That is who I want to be.