Aug 30, 2011
Well Ladies, my few months on here with you were quite wonderful. I was with a man who spoke big words, words that he couldn't follow through on. He got scared, backed out, and I am single. No worries, I am living life quite wonderfully! My time will come, and when it does, I know exactly where I'll head- back to the welcoming arms of PW! I'll be lurking around, but til the bling is on my finger, lurking is all :) I wish you all happy, wonderful planning.
Oh the hourglass figure..
Audrey (Emma Roberts). Grace. Classic Hollywood women, beautiful in their hourglass. It's what women are fed as "beautiful," and we breathe it in whole heartedly. Personally, I strive to be strong, classy, and feminine.
At 5 foot 2, excess weight shows on my figure. In July 2010 I was pushing 165+ lbs and squeezing myself into a size 12.
There is *nothing* wrong with this weight or size if you feel good about your body! People never called me fat or told me I was big. However, my BMI was a very unhealthy 30.2- I was clinically obese! This hit me hard as my father was recently diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes and my sister is borderline diabetic- a huge factor is their weight. In highschool, I was a size 6, played sports, and was relatively healthy. After calculating my BMI, I took a step back and looked at myself- eating whatever junk I wanted, laying around when I wasn't working, my clothes not fitting- so I did it, put on a sports bar and shorts and took a photo. I cried. Who was this girl? I didn't feel pretty, sexy, healthy- all things a 23 year old should feel.
I decided it was time for a change, immediately. I started running. I was pretty certain I was crazy, but I had a 40-pound year and a half old pup (Jasper), and he needed walks, so I figured that would get me moving. At first I huffed and puffed my way through a mile.. then a mile and a half.. then 2... 2.5... 3 miles!! Jasper kept me moving when I wanted to quit- looking at my with his big eyes, bringing his leash and my tennis shoes to me. He knew what we were supposed to be doing, and it wasn't vegging on the couch! I'd pop in my headphones with my running coach in my ears. Along the way I started changing my eating habits, bought a book on running, and started to see- and feel- results. My clothes got baggy, then didn't fit! In October, I was brave enough to wear a bikini to the beach- no reservations, proud of my body! On Thanksgiving Day, I ran a 5 mile race- my first ever! And now, this past Saturday, I bought my very first pair of size 4/27 pants! I've lost 22 pounds, but gained a ton of muscle. My BMI calculates at 26 and below 25 is the healthy level- but I've dropped 4 points! I've added strength training to my workout routine, and even swimming, so this new change should spark more BMI point-dropping! Don't get me wrong- it isn't easy by any means. I've had hard times, but the accomplishment of powering through them and to just keep going has taught me that I am stronger than I ever thought- mentally, emotionally, and physically. There will be days when you've done so many squats you can hardly go up and down stairs, or so many shoulder flys that you can barely stir your soup. You'll ice your knees, bandage your blisters, take anti-inflammatory, curse me even. But you'll notice a change- you'll deal with stress better, you won't be as jiggly, you'll be happier. (Cause exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don't kill their husbands -name the quote anyone?) It is worth it for your health.
This is my encouragement to you: for your sake, for your health, for your peace of mind- start a workout program. All body sizes can benefit from cardio and increased muscle mass- even skinny-minis. If you're skinny, that doesn't mean you can't be strong. Do what you like, if you don't know what you like, then do something different until you find what is right for you, but do it. The hard work is worth it.
Find a workout buddy- my friend was losing weight the same time as I. We had different workout facilities, different routines, but we talked through struggles and helped keep each other on track. Find a buddy on PW, share contact info - you wanna get nosy with each other- if you're detailed it's hard to lie :)
Pick a routine that works for you- Not a morning person? Work out in the evening. Hate the gym? That's cool, you don't need equipment to get a great workout. Control freak? Counting calories & keeping a workout journal would do you well. Lazy? Keep your tennis shoes outside the closet or workout clothes in the car- No excuses. Need someone to kick your @$$? Hire a trainer or find a friend willing to help you. Clueless on what to do? Message me. Check out my resources below to find a variety of things I tried.
Pay attention to your food- Weight loss is 80% diet. Kick your metabolism back in gear with 6 small meals throughout the day, about 2 1/2 hours apart. Do this for 2 weeks, I promise you'll notice a difference. Your meals should be around 400 calories each, and be a balance of good, clean foods. Rule of Thumb- if it goes bad, it is good for you. Think veggies, lean proteins (chicken, turkey, lean beef), fruit, whole grain. Try new spices and flavors! You may find new favorites. Avoid processed food, deep fried anything, and food with ingredient labels longer than 5 words long. Do you really want to put phosphoric acid, sodium saccharin, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine, potassium citrate, aspartame, dimethylpolysiloxane. Phenylketonurics: Aspartame contains phenylalanine in your body? Up your water- use Crystal Light to make it yummy :) Your body craves hydration. Drink coconut water instead of Gatoraid.
Do this for yourself- Noone else has to live with your body. Your body is a temple, not a bar or fast-food restaurant. This is the only one you've got, and how long it works is up to you.
Me, July 2010, on the left.
October 2010, Myrtle Beach, in a bikini!
November 2010, the shorty in teal!
Running Mate- Couch to 5k Free Podcast- coaching & music- This was how I started running.
Spark People- diet & exercise trackers you can use on your cell or computer, recipes & workout plans! I tried it for a while but am not a dedicated journaler.
Eat Clean Diet- recipes for yummy, healthy food!
Runner's World- *so* much free information on this site!! Running and strength workouts, gear info (clothes!!), videos, etc.
Military Fitness- No-gym workout. This is hardcore. You've been warned.
Women's Health Mag- workout routines with photos, explanation of gym equipment, and beauty & style, of course :)
And of course, you can message me. If I don't know something, I have great friends who probably do.