110 is RIDICULOUSLY low. Two years ago I was 113 and that was so, so skinny for me. Please make sure you're eating healthily!
Hi cleanteeth! Thanks so much for your concern!
I am MOST DEFINITELY eating healthy! Honestly, I love food so dang much, there is no way I could ever starve myself. I am too likely to give in to temptation and all of that delaying of gratification would result in me clearing out an entire Sweet Factory - or at least one of every ice cream pint at my local Safeway.
110 is really more of a guideline - I weighed about 108 in high school (my hardcore wushu/track & field days) and it really wasn’t all that teeny for me - probably because of my height. Standing at 4’11,” every single pound shows more on me than it would on a taller person.
But if I am really feeling great around 115 and have some solid abs and muscles to show for it, then I’ll definitely stop there. Cuz you’re right - it’s not about being skinny - it’s about being healthy!
Since you've been shedding pounds, have you lost it equally over your body? ex: have you noticed a decrease in your butt or breasts?
Hi there, Anonymous! Generally, it’s been solely concentrated in my belly area - that’s where I notice the most changes. I don’t think I have really seen too much of a decrease in other areas of my body since I tend to collect fat in my lower belly so there wasn’t really as much to lose in other places.
Obviously, everyone’s body is different. It’s totally possible for you to be very muscular in one area and not so muscular in another. Plus, things like your curves also depend on a variety of genetic factors.
I posted a little while ago about “body types” - you could definitely read a little bit about that and then see what workouts would work best for your body!
From what friends have told me, long-distance running tends to shed pounds all over your body (i.e. you might loose a bit of boobage) so different workouts do different things. However, there’s definitely a limit to what you can target. If you are working out one thing in your body, more than likely, other muscles are working in tandem.
im diverging from my normal fitness talk, but hey - love, flirting, and little girl crushes are good for your soul. :) and they probably release some kind of crazy hormones that make you happy or whatever (yeah…real scientific)…
anyway, i may totally be “falling in like” for this guy who works at our local pizza shop. he has seen me sweaty and gross after my runs, gives me free pizza every time i’m there, he knows where i’m from, and he’s even met my mom… we didn’t even know each other’s names… well… until today.
man, i really hope he isn’t gay. living in the bay has made me really really really hesitant to make a move because you just NEVER know. and then its awkward. *awkward turtle hand gesture*
i think im just waiting for the day when one of these are gonna come out of the oven… :P hey - a girl can dream! plus, the role of “Emily’s Valentine” has not been filled yet :P
It is really beneficial to figure out what body type you have, especially for women since we have curves in different places. There isn’t one specific body type - there are many! So there is no use in pining for a particular one - you gotta be happy with what you were born with!
This is really important because DIFFERENT BODY TYPES SHOULD FOCUS ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORKOUTS. Once you know your body type, you can focus on a workout regimen that is more ideally suited for you!
Generally, female body types have been classified into the following. Of course, people are a different mix of these, but this is as broad as you can get!
To find out what body type pertains to you most, you can take a quiz here! Then, just do a google search for what workout would work best for your body type!
The GYNAEOID shape
This shape is characterised by a pear shape, with the body flaring outwards towards the hips and thighs. The buttocks are curved and rounded and the thighs are curved outwards laterally and may touch together on the inside or medial aspect. The bottom has a tendency to droop downwards (posterially) over the back of the thighs. The waist is tapered and smaller than the hips giving a feminine appearance. The breasts are variably sized and may be small to large. The shoulders are small to moderate in size. Typical measurements for a gynaeoid woman are 39”, 29”, 43”. The bones of the arms and legs are feminine with tapered, fine forearms, wrists, shins and ankles. Even if obesity occurs, the forearms and shins remain relatively fine and slim with fat tissue accumulating firstly on the thighs, buttocks, breasts and later over the lower abdomen in front of the pubic bones. The bones of the pelvic cavity are wide, thus giving rise to the term ‘good childbearing hips’. Gynaeoid women tend to produce more estrogen and are “estrogen dominant”.
The ANDROID shape
This shape is characterised by a strong, thickset skeletal frame with large shoulders, a large rib cage and muscular limbs. The neck, chest and abdomen are rather thick and the pelvis is small so that android women are relatively straight up and down. They lack feminine curves and have muscular buttocks and powerful muscular thighs. The pelvis and buttocks do not curve outwards very much below a rather thick waist. Android women are somewhat masculine in shape and often make good athletes in sports requiring strength and staying power, such as body building, swimming and long distance running. They may be told that they resemble their fathers or brothers and yet these women are very attractive and glow with health. The bones in their limbs, hands and feet are large and they have more muscle mass and less fat tissue than most women unless they become overweight. If weight gain occurs, fat is deposited in the upper part of the body—above the pelvis. This produces a thickening of the neck, trunk, waist and abdomen and gives rise to the term ‘apple-shaped’ obesity. The android woman may also have skin problems such as excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), acne and hair loss from the scalp in the male pattern of hair loss. These things are the result of her higher levels of male hormones.
The lymphatic-shaped woman is characterised by a generalised thickening and puffiness of the body. This is due to the fact that she retains water easily especially in her limbs which gives her thick arms and legs with a straight up and down look along their length. The ankles and wrists are thick and puffy in appearance. The shoulders, breasts and rib cage are small to average in size and the abdomen protrudes in front. The trunk, like the limbs, is relatively straight up and down with a thick waist and moderate outward curves on the buttocks and pelvic area. The bones of the skeleton and the muscles are average in size and their shape is not clearly defined as they are covered by a thickish layer of fat and fluid. In other words it is difficult to see their bone structure and they are definitely not the ‘bony type’ which we find amongst thyroid-shaped women. The thick straight up and down look comes from the accumulation of fluid and fat in the tissues under the skin (subcutaneous layer) which is evenly distributed over the bone and muscle structures. If a lymphatic woman becomes obese her fat will be distributed all over her body, in the legs, feet, arms, hands, buttocks, abdomen, trunk, neck and face. Lymphatic women have often been ‘chubby’ since childhood and resemble a ‘cupid’ or ‘cuddly baby doll’ and most find that they gain weight easily.
The THYROID shape
The thyroid woman is characterised by a narrow streamlined shape with long limbs and fine bones. The long arms and legs produce a ‘thoroughbred racehorse look’. The breasts tend to be smallish although they may be moderate in size. Thyroid-shaped women are often tall, but even if they are not, they give the impression of being tall because of their long fine limbs. They have a ‘slender’ figure with a narrow waist and generally only small curves on the buttocks and thighs. They move gracefully and may be athletes, especially sprinters or basketball players, dancers or one of today’s models. Twiggy and Jerry Hall are the epitome of the thyroid shape. Their fingers and toes are long and fine to match their limbs and their necks are long and tend to be narrow. They could be described as ‘willowy’ meaning willow tree like and may have a fragile look about them. Their bones are small to average in size and the bone structure is clearly defined beneath a thin layer of subcutaneous fat. They are often bony in appearance with their ribs and bony protuberances (knobs) around their joints being very evident. If weight gain occurs, fat is first deposited around the abdomen and upper thighs with the upper part of the body remaining slim.
Ok so I took a HUGE step backwards after the holidays… but you know what? THAT IS TOTALLY OK. Weight loss isn’t going to be a perfectly straight line of consistent loss. Sometimes you take a step back to take 3 steps forward. Cliche, I know, but no other way to really explain it.
Current Weight: 127.2…. interesting that today is 2/7…
Goal Weight: 110
Heck… I’m a lot better off than I was a few months ago!
I have 3 months to lose about 17 lbs so I’m hoping to go for 6 lb a month. Totally do-able and totally healthy as you should only be losing 2 lb/week MAX.
I AM GEARING UP AGAIN! Getting back into my pre-holiday rhythm of working out and eating right. LETS DO THIS
Do you ever check out what people ahead of you in line at the grocery store get?
Because honestly… sometimes I don’t think I can help it… and today, I was feeling extra nosy because this couple ahead of me wouldn’t stop talking about their food…
And yes the following statements might sound judgmental - It’s not that I think that I’m better than other people - it’s just kind of a general observation because I used to do the same exact thing…
So…their entire grocery store purchase consisted of multi-grain cheerios that specifically advertised weight loss and microwaveable dinners like Digiorno pizzas and “Healthy Choice” brand microwaveable foods… they just kept going on and on about the calories in one Digiorno pizza vs. the other Digiorno pizza. At some point… I don’t think you can really be all that serious about weight loss and health if you are getting 1. pizza and 2. microwaveable items.
I used to do a lot of calorie counting, especially when buying my “Green Giant” microwaveable vegetables… but when it comes down to it, MICROWAVEABLE FOOD IS MICROWAVEABLE FOOD. The microwaved veggies may be lower in calories than something like a Stouffer’s lasagna, but you would still be consuming high amounts of sodium and preservatives.
Nothing beats fresh vegetables and fruits. Just skip the frozen stuff altogether!
Like the rest of the world, you have probably made the resolution to lose more weight or become more fit and healthy.
Well, to do that… you gotta get off your booties, get off tumblr, and START the new year off right!
I’ve noticed that the hardest part of the weight loss process is to START. You have to get into the right mindset, you gotta be ok with being really sore for a few days… but once you get into a routine, it becomes SO easy! Exercise feels like 2nd nature - and you feel terrible without it just as you would if you didn’t get sleep!
But here’s the other part…
Exercise is really only a small part of healthy living. If your genes are like mine, exercise is probably only 30% of becoming healthier. My family is more susceptible to diabetes and its very easy for us to gain weight even just eating a little bit of unhealthy food. SO… for me, the most important and quickest way to weight loss is actually CHANGING THE WAY I EAT. Notice how I said “Change” and NOT “Diet.”
I lost almost 20 lbs the healthy way - and I honestly believe that 13 lbs were due to the change in foods and the other 7 were from exercise.
THIS IS A LIFESTYLE CHANGE, NOT A FAD. So… don’t half-ass your RESOLUTION by turning it into some fad that will only last the first couple months of the year.
So I know I haven’t posted in a good long while, but I will definitely remedy that as soon as the holidays are over! I’m just going to diverge from my weight loss posts for a second and just BE REALwith you all.
I have come to realize a few things since being back home:
1. Life is absolutely amazing. It might get stressful here and there, but I couldn’t have asked for a better one. Things are just fitting and coming into place. It’s a little scary that I don’t have a job upon graduation yet, but I’m confident that I will. Maybe I’ll travel around Europe for a little bit. :)
2. I guess this could kind of also be a part of #1, but I have incredible friends. Honestly, I would do anything for them and vice versa.
3. As a corollary to #1-2, I think the BIG realization has been the fact that I have grown a LOT (well… not physically - I still wish I was taller :P) in college. The last 4 years have flown by, yet so many things have happened. I am NOT the same person I was 4 years ago. I have gained so many new friendships and relationships, strengthened old ones, and found new directions or paths in my life. However, at the same time, the biggest wake-up call has been the fact that I have also outgrown some people - even people who used to be incredibly important during my high school years.
It’s weird to think that you can outgrow people, but it’s true. Once you live far apart for a long time and lose contact, you tend to grow in different ways - often in ways that don’t align. And it’s sad, but that’s all part of growing up and becoming an adult. You have to leave some people from your past in your past and move forward with life.
So I’ll leave you all with this quote I heard from a friend a couple weeks ago…and a few pictures I’ve taken at home :)
There comes a time when you must realize that some people can stay in your heart - but not in your life.
I would like you all to meet Drew. He is a man that is doing something extraordinary… and CRAZY. He was a personal trainer with a super ab-tastically hot bod. From this May through November, he stopped exercising and ate ANYTHING he felt like. He has put approximately 70 pounds in 6 months!
NOW, he is spending the next 6 months TAKING IT ALLLLL OFF! And he is blogging and showing everyone else how to do it. So I MOST DEFINITELY plan on following him through the next 6 months.
What a coincidence that his fitness/weight loss schedule that is supposed to end in May totally matches up with mine! Click the link to check him out!