Thursday, March 26, 2009

body image...Before and Before pictures

First of all I want to say that I don't consider myself as having a distorted body image. I know that I've been blessed with some good genetics and in my life time I really haven't had to deal with alot of overweight issues. I will say that it really doesn't matter if you are overweight or skinny...people will always have an opinion of your body type. And it is a rare person that doesn't have some sort of body image issues. In high school I was very thin... and people would ask me often if I had an eating disorder. I would prefer being heavier over being accused of gagging myself. As I've matured, I've learned to accept my body type, the things that I don't like...and focus on the things that I do. Since I am the topic of fitness and "bouncing back" I wanted to post a few before pictures to compare my post pregnancy and pre-fitness body.
The photo was taken on one of my trips with Andy...pre family. I was about 130lbs...I was pretty happy with the way that I looked here. I was about 115lbs in highschool ... it took me quitting sports to gain weight enough to have curves ...thus, looking more like a woman and less like a little boy :)

This photo was taken about 4months after having Max. I was about 155 lbs here. I was a little insecure about my body...but loving the mommy boobs.

The above and below photos were taken about 5 months pregnant with Katy. I didn't gain a lot of weight but I was starting to feel the gravity effects of having children so close together. One thing I have NEVER liked about my body is how I displace all my extra weight into my back. It doesn't seem to matter what I weight I always have folds and creases in my back. I do enjoy being pregnant tho and I think my body image gets better when I'm pregnant because it doesn't seem to matter if you're extra bumpy while baby is on board. I was proud of my baby body with Katy Ro.

The below photo was taken about 32 weeks with Lucy... note my butterfly tattoo peeking out...Andy jokes that it looks like a raptor when I'm I must admit that at this point I knew my body would never be the same again.

These photos were taken today... here's a very flattering shot of my back I know I will never get rid of them completely...but I would love to tone up a bit.

And of course mother nature has taken a toll on the muscles in my stomach. I can usually suck it in and disguise it pretty well in clothes. But to be honest for this post... I really look like I'm 5 months pregnant. See above for

Well, that I've laid it all out there... Its time to set some goals. I don't have a weight goal in mind... frankly I have no idea what I weigh. First and foremost, I would like to work on building back the energy that I once had...even just to improve mood and motivation. Image wise, I would like to strengthen my abdominals, tone up my back and arms and put some bulk on my chicken legs. If I can accomplish this...I would be very pleased.
your turn :)


Drea said...

I think you are very beautiful. Who cares if you arent a size 2. Look at how flawless ur tummy looks!! girls would gain 25 lbs if they could have that and not be as thin with the stretch marks LOL, u know what I mean?!

For me I float around 110-115. But im also 5 foot 2 and very small framed. My moms even smaller. So our family isnt known for big women. My dads mom and sister are both tall.. but both are average sized.

Any how. I totally agree on being healthy tho and staying active.
I really have enjoyed the P90X series. So many variations of workouts to do and a great schedule to follow in order to tone you best.

I feel stronger, even tho ive lost nothing (in 6 weeks!) I notice clothing fitting differently, in a good way.

BTW I love ur hair long!

Danielle said...

You look great! I agree...the important thing is feeling good and having energy. I really never weigh myself any more. However, I really don't like gaining weight when pregnant, and I hate losing it even more.

Sarah said...

LOL- You do NOT have chicken legs. You're gorgeous!

Unknown said...

OMG! you are brave! LOL

Seriously though, you look great, but I know, we all have an idea in our minds about what body to have to feel comfortable.

It does sound like you have a good body image anyway, that's what matetrs.

I weigh more now than I did after being pregnant! argh. With summer looming I would also like to feel better. But NO, I ain't posting pics! :D

Susie said...

I posted some similiar pics on my blog a couple months ago, although I look more like 8 months pregnant LOL! I started doing I used the program after i had my 2nd child and it helped me lose about 20 lbs.. That was 8 years ago though! LOL... hopefully i will keep up the motivation to lose the 35 I want to let go of!

Stacey said...

I totally identify with this post :) Though I was bigger in high school than I am now! Weird.

I too have a tummy and the back fat that I would love to get rid of. I just started Turbo Jam about 2 weeks ago, and I'm hoping it will help me to tone up a bit. I don't care if I lose weight, I just want to feel stronger, and look more toned.

Right now I'm about 145 pounds at 5 foot 6. I have a healthy BMI, but I'd like to feel healthier!

Stephanie said...

That picture of you on the beach is adorable!

And you have great legs!

I just had a baby two weeks ago, but I'm already thinking about how I can get back to running and back in shape. I just feel so much better when I'm healthy and strong!