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for the body I want

Sunday, July 08, 2012

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 emoticon to emoticon. 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.

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  • COOKIE_AT_51
    Good words of wisdom and an excellent vision ~ keep sparkin' emoticon
    2102 days ago
  • -LORI-B
    Looking forward to watchin everyone change thru this adventure. Keep up the great work!
    2142 days ago
    Yeah, I get that not wanting to post pics of yourself.. just keep them for reference for you for later. I like all pictures of me (even "before" pictures) because I can see how I felt at the time and be proud of what I am working toward. Great blog :)
    2142 days ago
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    2142 days ago
    I've seen a couple of these done girl blogs and I love the honesty in yours! Great vision collage!! I need to make a new one for myself (tore in the move) but you are right, it's great to look at and remind us of why we are doing this.

    What week of C25 you on? I'm getting back to week 3...

    this is great and I know you can do it!! Yo uare already well on your way :o)
    2142 days ago
    Pant size is a great indicator of change. Great vision collage!
    2142 days ago
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    Love the vision collage! I'm working on one also!

    Cheers to "bounding towards my goals with enthusiasm!!!"

    2142 days ago
    Love the ancient fertility goddess!! Congratulations on working your way through the C25K training. It was sooo tough for me at first, but after a while, it really does get a little easier.
    2143 days ago
    I love the honest look at how you feel about yourself, and different aspects of this journey, including before pics. I hate to admit I am kind of the same way. I hate the pics right now, but I know as I get closer to my goal weight, I am glad I have the before pics. they also keep me realistically seeing how I look.
    2143 days ago
    Haha... ancient fertility goddess. I love it!! I'm shaped like that too!! And I tried to do the 1200-1500 calories per day... but it didn't work out so well. So I too am in the 1500-1800 cal per day, because at this point, I cannot take less.
    2143 days ago
  • EJOK170
    That is really great! ( I could relate to the ancient fertility goddess shape:-) as well as the part about losing your mind....yup it all 'reappeared')

    What a great post. Good for you. I know you can do it!
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    2143 days ago
    emoticon I love the comparison you used of being shaped like an ancient fertility goddess. Have a great week !
    2144 days ago
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