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Well, it's not exactly a "collage", but it'll do

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This weekend's training challenge for the BLC 20 includes one of my trouble areas ... coming up with a visual representation of my goals. But I'm determined to at least do the best I can with it.

Where do I want to be in 12 weeks (well, 14 really since we have the two training weeks before the official challenge start)? I'm supposed to "find one or more images that depict the changes YOU want".

I started just doing some searches trying to find pictures that didn't make me cringe. See ... obviously if we want to see a strong fit healthy woman doing a pushup, she has to be wearing as little as possible, be oiled up, hair just so. Maybe she ends up looking just a little rough to add some flavor to it, a snarly expression on her face like this is the last one with good form she can do after the last couple hundred. You know the pictures I mean.

Then I found this:

(image from http://waitetraining.com)

Now, no, I seriously don't think I'm going to be pulling off THAT sort of pushup in 12 weeks. But I do love that, from the image, she looks strong and capable without having to bare lots of her muscles ("sexy") or grimacing at the camera like what she is doing is unbearably grueling. I want that kind of strength and form. I want to feel closer to the dream of doing full military pushups. Heck, there's plenty of reason to believe that someday I WILL be strong enough to pull off a pushup like that.

A little more looking and I added this:

(image from life.dailyburn.com - the article that came from actually was worth reading, in my mind: Why Women Should Weight Train.)

I don't expect to lose the batwings in 12 weeks. I don't expect anywhere near that kind of definition in 12 weeks. But, I can work toward the next weight up for my dumbbell bicep curls, seated tricep dips, lat pulldowns, and more.

These words, quoted in the article, could so easily have come from my lips:

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I find that the lifting makes me feel strong and gives me definable goals to reach (since there are specific weights/number of reps to strive towards). The muscle Iíve built has helped me burn more fat ...
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So, maybe they're not exactly a collage. They are, however, pictures that well represent the idea of what I want to achieve. I'll put them together as a background on my computer. (I don't hang pictures where I live or work.)
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SAMI199 8/27/2012 3:06PM

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PGNBRI 8/27/2012 1:03PM

    Love this! I so agree with you about how hard it is to find pictures that realistically reflect my goals.

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SAPHRAEL 8/26/2012 11:30AM

    You could definitely be doing elevated pushups in 12 weeks!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/26/2012 1:43AM

    I LOVE this blog! I love the pics too and may have to "borrow" them :o)

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SPARKFRAN514 8/25/2012 11:08PM

    the pictures were O Kay but i like what you wrote better. to me the picture of the two showing off their muscles is not for me I just what lose some of the flab on my ares not be a body builder and doing the push up on a park bench seem silly to me but that's me maybe its because i am in my 60's and just feel being fit and healthy is important to me this is showing off and not really trying to get healthy. maybe its to much time in the gym watching the young me trying to impress the young women in the gym. like one if the trainers said listen to the noise they are making to get attention its not how fast and how many push ups you do it the from and quality you do. i like you plan to improve your weight lifting and meet your personal goals . but you know the bat wings will slowly go down. you can do it


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FINALLYBEINGME 8/25/2012 9:39PM

    I like the adjectives "capable and strong"..that is such a great reason to workout! emoticon emoticon

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CHRIS3874 8/25/2012 7:32PM

    Yeah I wanna try to change my workouts. I am thinking of doing 21s with lighter dumbbells.

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LDRICHEL 8/25/2012 7:13PM

    I've been slightly obsessed with arms these days too. Swimming is really building my biceps!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/25/2012 7:07PM

    Great visual imagery - good luck with your goals!
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SHERIO5 8/25/2012 3:48PM

    I think you found some super pictures! As I understand the visualization-concept, your've nailed it!

You are off to a great Pre-Challenge start!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/25/2012 2:52PM

    emoticon emoticon pics; honestly the first pic is more motivational to me; she definitely looks strong and ready for the routine. Good luck on your journey
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ANGGEL40 8/25/2012 2:32PM

    I have been working on my batwings(it's hard to lose)...but believe it are not just working on them for 20 minutes a day..I have seen results..not at fast as I like, but I think it will be worth the wait..love the blog..thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/25/2012 1:07PM

    Great pictures. Awesome motivation. As for the push-up, you'll do it. Trust me, just try everyday and one day you'll be like, wow, I did it. emoticon emoticon

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MNJONES2 8/25/2012 11:53AM

    Stay strong!!

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LIFE2BFUN 8/25/2012 11:07AM

    Love the picture of the woman doing the pushups! Great motivation!

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KALANTHA 8/25/2012 10:56AM

    I like your pics. I think they will be excellent visual reminders of where you want to be by the end of your challenge because you'll see them every time you're on your computer. Good job!

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/25/2012 10:38AM

    I think you are going to amaze yourself at the end of the 14 weeks. It really doesn't take that long to get quite a bit of muscle definition, especially considering how much you've lost. Sending positive thoughts your way to an awesome weight training season!!!

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ROXONA 8/25/2012 10:30AM

    So it seems that upper body strength is what you want to get out of BLC 20. I think that's an awesome goal, and I have every confidence that you will become stronger and more defined over the next 14 weeks. Just looking at your pictures from the beginning to now one can see how much upper body weight you have lost, and that in itself is terrific inspiration. Keep it up girl! You can do this.

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GOING-STRONG 8/25/2012 9:20AM

    If you find something... anything... that works on getting rid of those batwings be sure and share the secret!

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HYDROQUEEN 8/25/2012 8:33AM

    I know what you mean about the photos. Add to that, most of them seem to be of 20 something year old's that have never even seen a cupcake or had their bellies stretched from carrying a child. I like your inspiration photos and the quote is spot on.

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KRISZTA11 8/25/2012 8:22AM

    You found great and meaningful pictures for your collage!

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SBNORMAL 8/25/2012 6:02AM

  You can do that pushup like the lady in the park, all is possible with practice!!

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TAMPATINK67 8/25/2012 4:13AM

    Great blog!

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CIPHER1971 8/25/2012 2:55AM

    Well you inspired me with a previous blog to get involved with BLC20 - and now you have left me feeling I inspired to find some more / diff pics for my collage - but I know what you mean about the 'classic' fitness model pic - the favorite picture for my collage so far is a pair of triathletes from the Sydney Olympics, really women moving it emoticon

Have an awesome day

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GOODBYE-FRIENDS 8/25/2012 2:04AM

  This is one of my problem areas too...but I have set aside Sunday for this project and I will do my best.

I like the bench push up pic too...it expresses the strength I want to have someday.

I like the quotation under the second picture...I have never thought of reps and sets like that and it adjust my attitude a bit to have the logic thrown into the work out!

Thanks for the post!
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ILOVEMALI 8/25/2012 1:58AM

    Thanks for the info!

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/25/2012 12:56AM

    Interesting reflections and emoticon

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KINISUE 8/25/2012 12:48AM

    thank you this was very informative.

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