Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fit and fabulous...or neither?

In May of last year I had grandiose plans to get my butt in shape.  That didn't really work out so well.  What's with the month of May that motivates me to reexamine at my eating habits?  I guess it's like spring cleaning but in diet form.  

This past year I have had a major shift in the way I eat, mostly because I don't live with my parents anymore.  I do miss having my lunch packed for me everyday though.  I've been making a point to eat more 'natural' foods.  As you can see from my last food post.  But I'm not perfect.  I do eat out a lot and I snack too.  But slowly I'm starting to switch out unhealthy food for more natural snacks.  It's a long and slow process.  

So here's the question:  do you think it's possible for me to go from this (May, 2011)

To this:


11 comments:

Annie-Me said...

I think if you set smaller goals it will seem more attainable then saying, "I want to look like that". I think it is possible to look liike that, but that body likely spends atleast 7 hrs a week in the gym and doesn't eat an ounce of fat.

Personally, I find that if you want to loose the weight, set some minor goals that will help you to get to your major goal. For example, right now, I'm hoping to be 130 by the end of June. that is 9lbs in a month or so, totally do-able.

Then in July, I hope to be down to 125, but also lose the fat and increase the muscle content and keep up with the running and yoga. Summer is a great time to loose weight, go swimming, run outside...it is fun!

So far, I had a goal to be back under 140 and I've achieved that and i've maintained it, even through my all inclusive trip to Mexico! You can do anything if you put your mind to it Jen. You just have to follow through!

Good luck friend :)

Anonymous said...

That kind of flat stomach is very, very hard to achieve. Eat too many carbs and you'll be bloated. How flat is your stomach now. I know you have weight to lose, but is your stomach relatively flat or do you have a "pouch" on your lower stomach? If the second, then that'll be harder to lose.

Notice also that the girl in the picture not only has a flat stomach, but she's also thin. Are you aiming for the overall thin/flat look or just the flat part?

A firm, flat stomach requires exercise, but in general, losing weight is 90% diet and 10% exercise. Exercise will make you toned and firm, but it's really not a huge component in the weight loss part (yes, it helps, I know). So how much weight do you need to lose?

Danielle said...

I think you should make realistic goals. And don't forget to consider your bone structure and muscle mass when making goals.

Anonymous said...

People who look like this work REALLY hard to look that way. It doesn't just happen and it requires more than just losing weight and exercising once in a while. Like others have said, it might be better to aim for more reasonable goals (for example, set a weight goal) and then work towards more specific things (a certain look, etc.)

Tanya said...

You know I battle with the same issues you do. I eat out, eat too many carbs but I tried to eat as healthy as I can. It's a struggle with hypothyroidism, asthma, and arthritis in my knee to find the motivation to get up and go. I would love to run but there are so many things against me and I just cant seem to get the energy to pack small meals to eat. So the decision is either do I accept myself the way I am or do I work my ass off every day of my life.

Why am I here??? said...

You looked smoking hot in that dress Annie. I'm glad you are getting back on track. Good luck with your goals.

Hi Anony. I've got the pudge below the belly button (boo!) I'd really like a flat stomach ;) Yes, I know how important it is to eat healthy. That's the hardest part for me.

Thanks Danielle...I love your confidence btw...it just radiates from you blog ;)

I think you're right anony #2...my goals might not be realistic.

Tanya, those 3 reasons should be the motivation to get yourself in shape rather than a barrier to your success. Don't run, swim!

Anonymous said...

It's not just about eating healthy. People who are that thin and look like that do not eat much. And they seriously limit the amount of carbs they eat. It's really, really hard.

Baxterita said...

In my opinion that girl does not look healthy. The boobs also look like implants.

I agree with a lot of the commenters here - the goal should NOT be what you want to look like, but rather overall health and fitness.

I know it's hard, but you can do it! Consistency is #1...

Why am I here??? said...

Consistency seems to be the hardest thing for me. I need to set realistic goals that I can maintain. I'll keep you posted with how I do.

Anonymous said...

Baxterita, I think the girl in the photo looks great and I think it's ok to make goals about what you want to look like (I'm a personal trainer, so I do this with my clients all the time).

However, it's important to understand how much is involved in looking the way you want to and how much of that work are you willing to really do. To look like that, you have to ALWAYS work at it. It's not something you achieve and then can relax --It's an ongoing, non-stop thing and most people are not willing to put in the work necessary to look like that.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Of course you can do it girl! Hard work pays off :-)