(Closed) I need a Reality Check!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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2893 posts
Sugar bee

I totally hear you honey. 5’4 and 118 here. My ideal is 115. Yes. I know a majority of people would say I’m crazy because I’m not overweight. But I like things to be tight and things are tight for me at 115. I can’t talk to anyone about firming up in a healthy manner cause they brush me off, call me crazy and the conversation ends. It sucks.

Please, don’t skip meals. It’s not healthy and it actually can hurt you when it comes to firming up. Your body interprets it as starving, slows your metabolism and starts storing calories rather than naturally burning them. Keep consistent meals. I’ve always been told to keep your protein/meat to the size of your palm during a meal. 

Make sure you don’t work any one thing too much at the gym. If you do your stomach one day, do your arms the next. Your muscle actually builds when it’s resting. Fun workouts? I love to run. That’s my fun. If I’m watching tv I do crunches, planks and pushups during commercials. 

Be sure not to overdo it though. I saw the pic of you in your dress and you are smoking hot lady. I totally get wanting things to be firm rather than just…there. But you want to go about this in a healthy way. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 4
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331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Us ladies are our own worst critics. 

There was a picture on pinterest that I wish I saved. It was a photo of two women –a skinny woman who weighed 15 lbs less than another woman (same height), but the woman who weighed more was toned and weighed more because of muscle.  She looked awesome.

Protein is best for muscle, and weight training will get you on track.  The fact that you have realized that you have some unhealthy body image expectations is the first step to turning this around.

 

 

 

Post # 5
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9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

You need to tone up.  Not lose weight.

Post # 6
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5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Yep, sounds like you need to work on toning – not losing. I think 115ish is right on the lower end of ‘healthy’ for your height (I’m the same) so I think dropping closer to 100 is not healthy for you. 

Please don’ t skip meals – like a PP said, it puts your body into starvation mode and it will start storing more as fat and taking away from muscle because fat requires less energy to store than protein, but gives you more back. 

Something else to remember is that photos of models have been photoshopped, airbrushed, and altered into impossibly ‘perfect’ bodies. Before their runway shows, (like the Victoria’s Secret one) they work out excessively and diet heavily in the last couple weeks before shows. The models themselves say it’s very hard work and they don’t look like that most of the time. So please don’t stress yourself out about wanting to look just like them – the models themselves look very different in real life vs. their pictures.

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