Mini-Goals - 50 lbs = goal weight but not goal bod (PICS!)

07-10-2011, 02:29 PM
Whew- well, my goal weight has kept going down- from a 'normal' BMI of around 168, to under 160, to my high school weight of 155, and finally to under 150. Which I finally achieved at yesterday's weight in!

Sadly- I've lost a lot of muscle in the 20 odd years since high school (where I played ball and lifted heavy). Under 150 is now a LOT flabbier than the hard bodied 155 I used to be.

So- the weight is more a mini-goal and I'll now be focused on keeping it under 150 but adding in muscle until I can no longer pinch an inch!

A brief history of my weight loss. Back in fall of '09 I had a trip coming up to meet folks I knew only online. I knew I'd gained weight- turning 40 and more significantly stopping exercise as my old dog just could no longer take our walkies was the main culprit. (The exercise used to compensate for my crappy eating habits.) And then there was the depression that came with his passing.

My size 14's were obscenely tight- and the upcoming trip gave me the incentive to finally step on a scale and see how bad things had gotten. I feared 180 or even 190! When 217 popped up I bought a pair of 16's (which fit), joined this forum (where I mostly lurked in the goal forums looking at goal pics for inspiration), and started dieting and riding an exercise bike. In about a month, I hit 201 and squeezed back into my 14's. Sadly, I didn't keep up w/my weight loss focus after the trip and let things slide for the next year.

Fast forward to Jan. 2011 (a little over a year). Another trip was coming up in Feb. and a couple friends from work had started the '4 hour body' diet. It seemed like a good time and a good way to once again tackle getting my bod in shape! So at the beginning of Feb, I hopped on the scale again. Happily, I weighed in at 199.5. OK- it wasn't THAT happy, but at least I hadn't piled it back on while not paying attention. I chalk that up to the fact I got a new dog in March of 2010 and by 2011 was back to my daily dog walks. And- not depressed. WOOT DOGS!

Still- 200 is way too high (as the pics will show). So I started the slow carb diet (high protein, no fruit or dairy, lots of bean for slow carbs). I don't entirely recommend the book for a number of reasons, but the basic approach works for me.

In that first month leading up to the trip, I stuck the diet, added in another 2 mile walk at the end of the day (to go with my 2 mile morning walk) and dropped 15 pounds to get to 185. This time I stuck with the plan after the trip.

And here I am- happy with the weight on the scales, but still too flabby for what I want. Going forward, I'll be tweaking the diet to add back some complex carbs (and fruit and a little dairy in the form of low fat cheese and greek yogurt), completing the C25K (I'm on week 3) and most importantly adding in 3 days of weight work. If I can drop another 5 pounds of fat and up my muscle, I think I'll be much happier with my bod. I still have some pooch under and over my belly button and I can 'pinch an inch' on each side of my hips. That I want gone.

So that's my journey so far. And here are the pics, cause that's my favorite part of lurking in the goal forums! Sadly, I didn't take a picture at the start of this round as I figured the 201 pic from 2009 was close enough to my 2011 start of 199.5. Still, looking back, I wish I'd taken one.

All the pics are wearing the same exact clothes. For this next round, I'll be taking pics wearing a bikini- those shorts now swamp me, making it a little hard to see the problem areas!

And while I'll still mostly lurk- wanted to say 'Thanks' to 3FC. The goal forums in particular really help with the inspiration. And I now include the Maintenance forums in my daily reading- cause that transition really scares me a bit!

(And the attachment resizing is making it hard to read the 'front on' pics- so the weights are: 217, 201.5, 185 and 149.5.)

07-10-2011, 02:43 PM
You look great. DO the P90X and you will gain muscle. Im on insanity. I need more muscle in my butt. I want it to look like I had a lift lol. Takes so long to get to where I want to be. :(

07-10-2011, 02:54 PM
Awesome job!! Dot even know you but still proud!! Keep it going! Weight training/muscle building is fun once u get into it it's a whole new feeling, you start to feel strong , kinda like Sheera ;) Good luck!

07-10-2011, 02:57 PM
Awesome job, lady!! I'm at about your original starting weight so you are a true inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your story and pictures!

07-10-2011, 03:09 PM
You look fantastic, great job!!!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

07-10-2011, 03:44 PM
You look awesome.... i'm jealous of your flat abs!!!

07-10-2011, 03:45 PM
HEE- thanks all! I've been so looking forward to posting in a goal forum. I love looking at the pictures. (I really need to start commenting to pay back the pleasure I get from it.)

lucyford- have you checked out mybodygalleryDOTcom? Someone linked to it the other day and I bookmarked it cause I also really like looking at comparison photos. I think I have a bit of a distorted body image, and it helps to look at folks my height at different weights.

And yep, kiahna23, I've been thinking about P90X! I think it's too much for me now. But I was going to start w/free weights for a month, then maybe a month of '30 Day Shred' and if that goes well, try P90X. Some coworkers are also very into CrossFit- but I hate having to suck up free time driving to a gym. So DVD's are probably a better fit for me right now.

Thanks for the kudos!

07-10-2011, 03:48 PM
P90X isnt that hard. I thought it would be a lot harder. After the first week you get use to it and can do it effortlessly.

07-10-2011, 03:59 PM
You look great!

07-10-2011, 04:27 PM
GREAT JOB!!!:D I'm also a work in progress.:^:

07-10-2011, 05:43 PM
You look great!!

07-10-2011, 05:51 PM
Well done! You look terrific.

07-10-2011, 11:40 PM
You look great! Congrats!

April Snow
07-11-2011, 12:33 AM
I love how you can measure your body by the lines in the wallpaper. Look at how much extra space there is between the two thicker lines in the third photo!!

You look great already, but I'll wish you well with the additional refinements you are going for.