Since I am participating in BLC20 as a MoM (Master of Maintenance), I felt that I needed to do "more" for my "BEFORE" photo. Obviously, I am seeking to maintain my current weight. So, it is difficult to expect a significant change in my "BEFORE" and "AFTER" photos. However, based on a suggestion from my chiropractor, two of my goals for this challenge are to strengthen my abs and buttocks. He recently said, "While you are very thin, you really need to work on your abs and butt. You need to develop more muscle in these areas, so they can better support your body, especially your lower back and hips." He suggested I take a little time away from my extensive cardio to focus on strengthening these areas. Since I am a bit (ok, a lot) obsessed w/cardio, this truly IS a challenge. So, I am committing myself to more strength workouts, focusing on my abs and buttocks, over the next twelve weeks. Hopefully, we will see some difference.
Also, I have ALWAYS had major body image issues. Even after maintaining my weight loss for over two years, I look in the mirror and still see myself as being much larger than I am in reality. Fortunately, I am aware of this “mental glitch” and don't allow it to cloud my "view" of myself. All that being said, with the exception of a “BEFORE” picture I took and hid (actually, two images that are very well hidden somewhere on my computer, which I have spent two years trying to find - if I ever do I promise to share) at the beginning of my weight loss journey, I NEVER take a bathing suit picture from behind. So, I have even inlcuded the “rear view.” To some it may seem silly... I've met my goal and maintained for NEARLY three years, but after losing a significant amount of weight (as many of you know) there are some parts of your body that never go back to “normal.” They never look EXACTLY as you would like... There is extra skin, stretch marks, some things deflate (I have several of those), etc.
So, all that being said, here they are...
In addition, I have a “BUDDY” for BLC20!! Her name is Skyy and she is my 10 year old Boykin Spaniel. She has had a number of health issues over the past year, however, she is finally HEALTHY (she nearly died of a severe uterine infection, liver failure, and sepsis earlier this year) and looking GORGEOUS (we have battled skin issues w/her for years, however, they have finally all been resolved and she has a thick, full, beautiful coat, like she did when she was young). Unfortunately, she has gained SEVEN pounds since her surgery in late April. I want her to be COMPLETELY HEALTHY and bless us with many, many more years of companionship. For her to be completely healthy, she must be a healthy weight. So, as part of my goals, I have committed to take her on a walk for at least 20 minutes every evening. Hopefully, she will eventually be able to join me for even longer walks and we will all see a major change in Skyy's “before” and “after” photos!!
Skyy's Current Weight: 47.0
Skyy's Weight Goal: 40.0 (or less!!)