Weight Loss Support - Reality Check when it comes to an "ideal body"

06-18-2009, 10:19 PM
Hi all!
I think that in our quest for health, we have an "ideal" body that we would like to have. And for most of us, it involves being strong and healthy. And for most of us, we have a visual of what being strong and healthy IS -- insert Oxygen fitness model body here.
BUT, I found this online where Olympic athletes have been photographed and placed side by side. I found this interesting AND motivating, because it shows that diet and exercise and being an Olympic-caliber athlete will produce a HUGE variety of body types and shapes!
Which inspires me to the best ME that I can be, and that what I achieve will be unique to my body type...kind of inspiring, no? Sure takes the pressure off of being "perfect" (insert Oxygen fitness model photo here)...:)

http://www.runnersworld.com/community/forums/index.jsp?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3aNutrition+And+Weight+LossFo rum%3a535106038Discussion%3abb21f85b-5de6-468a-9e36-b51ab67bb1cf


06-18-2009, 10:36 PM
Cool!!!! It's wonderful that there are so many types of athletes.


06-18-2009, 10:44 PM
That was wonderful.

06-18-2009, 10:44 PM
Love it!

06-18-2009, 10:44 PM
SO great! I think it's really interesting how, if you covered the weights of the various athletes, leaving the heights, it is difficult to guess how much each weighs. All you see is how strong and healthy they are.

06-18-2009, 11:50 PM
Neat!! Thanks for sharing!!

06-19-2009, 12:07 AM
I LOVE the link! Thanks!

Kim K
06-19-2009, 01:24 AM
Inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing! :)

06-19-2009, 10:13 AM
This is a great website! Thank you! :D

06-19-2009, 10:26 AM
Interesting Kira! Thanks for sharing that with us. The height/weight ratio's were definitely eye opening for me personally. Thanks! :)

06-19-2009, 10:42 AM
I loved that! thanks, Kira

06-19-2009, 11:12 AM
Thanks, this has helped me understand what a healthy, athletic woman's legs look like, particularly her upper thighs & the area where the muscle meets the knee.

I think for too long I've misguidedly idealized extremely thin thighs that don't taper much or have very much of a quadriceps muscle.

It's good for me to have a reality check. My old ideas of "thin" are taking a long time to die. They are too attenuated & fragile & stylized, more like a fashion illustration than an everyday anatomical reality. I really need to replace "thin" with "athletic" and "healthy" and "strong."

06-19-2009, 12:20 PM
That was really neat!

One of them (Dallas Friday) is around my height and my goal weight, so it's neat to see what a body can look like at that weight. (Although her web site says she's an inch taller and 10 pounds lighter than in that picture, so who knows.)

06-19-2009, 12:32 PM
great site !!!!!!!

06-19-2009, 12:56 PM
That was neat.

I totally agree about being the best you can be for you. I can honestly say this time I'm not a slave to some far-fetched magazine image.

I want a healthy and trim weight for me and to look good in bra and panties! After being this big, I swear a smidge extra here and there is not going to stop me from enjoying my body like it did when I was younger!

06-22-2009, 11:45 PM
I have seen this before. Yes, everyone has a different body. Many sports produce different looks, For instance, Soccer players have different bodies than Marathon runners. A figure athlete or fitness competitor (your oxygen magazine cover lady) has a different body than a powerlifter. Within those, there are all sorts of bodies. Everyone has to train for their particular sport and that leads to different muscles in different places. Every woman should know that no matter what her goal, her body isn't going to look JUST like anyone else. I think many of us do understand that.