Saturday, January 21, 2012

Y2, W2, Day 5: Strong

This week I focused on getting my exercise routine back in place.  I went to the gym four times and for a long, relatively quick paced walk today.  I would have gone to work out, but I feel sore up and down, so I decided to give my body a rest.

One morning while I was plowing away on the treadmill, I noticed a show on one of the t.v. screens called "Scouted," about girls that are chosen at random to see if they could be models.  It seemed a bit silly as shows go, but easy to follow while I was trying to focus on keeping my legs moving quickly.  However, I noticed one girl, who to my mind was incredibly vibrant and lovely, was been criticized by the judges for being too athletic looking.  The problem wasn't that she wasn't thin enough or was too bulky or anything, but that she looked toned rather than waifishly, softly thin.

It sort of got me thinking about what I could envision my own body looking like.  I want to be thinner, but not incredibly thin.  I want curves in my hips and my chest.  It's funny to me how I used to imagine my body being the soft incredibly thin way I wished it could be.  But now after eight months at the gym, I envision the perfect me with toned muscles, including strong calves and biceps.  I guess perceptions change and after all my time invested in working out my body, now I want something different than I did a year ago at this time.  It's not enough to be thinner anymore, I want to be strong too.


  1. I think this is such a good, healthy, attainable goal! Congrats on figuring out what you want from your body. This seems much better for you and much more achievable than simply want to be "thinner," like so many people (including me) want.

    - chelsea

  2. Thanks Chelsea! I already said this on Facebook on the link, but it's just so true I'll repeat it here too. For years I told myself I didn't need to exercise as long as I was losing or not gaining weight, but somewhere in the last eight months, I've changed my mind entirely. I'm proud of my developing (fledgling) muscles. I wouldn't feel as good about my self if I didn't exercise. Yay mental progress! :)

  3. I agree! Strong looks so much better than just skinny.