Body Image  

rm_harshawj 51M
761 posts
7/4/2005 12:28 pm

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Body Image

There has been a lot of talk of late about the body types you like, but I would like to know is what body image you want? Do you wish to be the “Skinny Mini” fashion plate or the “Hulking He-Man” of the muscle magazines? Would you change your body if you could? I am not talking about simple plastic surgery here, I am talking about “body replace” sort of thing.

I have thought about this a lot. In fact I have made a concerted effort for replace my body. Over the last six years you can say I have done that. For those of you who may not know, I used to weigh a lot, like over five hundred pounds. That was six years ago. Today I weigh about two hundred and thirty and still loosing weight. I have a goal and that is two hundred pounds for my six foot two frame.

For the inevitable question: How did you lose that much weight? I will answer in advance. It was very simple. I tried to (and did) loose a pound a week. Wouldn’t losing fifty pounds a year be a good goal? I thought it was. After all it took me years to put on that much weight, it will take me years to take it off. At a pound a week (average), I felt it was a reasonable goal and it did not require drastic changes in life style. Instead I slowly changed my life and body and now I am much happier, thank you very much. Change included drinking a ton of water, eating normal and healthy portions, cutting out all snack food, walking, and a SINGLE SCOOP of Rocky Road ice cream once or twice a week.

So to answer my own question, I would like an average Joe physique that I can wear a bathing suit out in public and not look like a beached whale. I would like to take of my top with someone in the room without a “OMFG” or snicker. I would like to be about to be easy enough with my skin that I can let someone in. I think I have just about gotten there.


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/4/2005 1:35 pm

Sometimes, that is simpler said than done. I have yoyo'd since the birth of my daughter....often it is just a matter of lack of exercise since I have such sedentary jobs....sometimes, not enough water (I am sure), and an array of foods that I know I should eat (high in chicken and fish protein, lots of vegies, and low carbs) but don't fit into my budget constraints; however, even though I weigh more than my goal weight of 150 pounds, I am very healthy on the whole... low blood pressure, low cholesterol, etc. It even makes my doctors go hmmmm...

I think that it is fabulous that you have mastered this and, perhaps, someday you can enlighten me more!!


vegasriver 42F
22 posts
7/4/2005 2:49 pm

I think a majority are never happy with the shape of our body. I know Im not. I too ma still trying ot lose the extra(or remaining) 10 pounds that was leftover since my daughter's birth. I feel like I obsess over what I weigh constantly and with that compare myself to what others look like. Weird huh? Its funny that i came along your post becasue not to long ago I had also posted something similar to your topic but in regards to other AFFers. Why do we feel the need to constantly worry what we look like to others? Good luck with your continued weight loss. I think you did it sensibly.


AmberSolaire 42M

7/4/2005 3:56 pm

I am lucky in that I find it hard to put on weight.I applaud any effort made if it will lead to improved health in the long term.I am quite toned at the moment so I would like a bit extra baulk.Just enough to go from lean and defined to athletic.It means eating loads more protein though.


rm_QuietEyez 46F

7/4/2005 4:05 pm

I think I am overall happy with my body, I would be glad to lose about 20 to 30 lbs, but it is nothing I stress over. If I lose it great, If I don't, well as long as I am not gaining more then I am ok with it.

And congrats on you losing all that weight, not alot of people can accomplish that no matter how bad they crave it, takes alot of self-disipline. you should be proud of yourself.

QuietEyez


bella_ 47F
4030 posts
7/4/2005 8:16 pm

Wow, what an accomplishment! I say go to the beach and enjoy, life is short.


papyrina 51F
21133 posts
7/6/2005 6:13 am

like you two years back my hubby had an accident and was in hospital for ten days ,so apart from the shock of that i was left to run the shop,home and visit him,i knew i needed to find energy from some where to cope as i'm pretty much a lazy sod at heart,so apart from working 10 hours days,3 hours travelling and visiting him i started the gym,luckily too it was summer where my eating habits drop as its too hot,within three months i lost 27pounds,which i didn't really notice i'd put on to loseover the last two years i've put 8lbs back on,so back to the gym and eat properly again,this time slower and healthy,i would really prefer to lose my ass and get some boob,but it never works out that way lol

But the point is i needed a shock to wake up my metabulism

Well done and keep it up on your weight loss


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