Goal pictures... We all have one, right?? Well, I certainly do. It was actually discouraging when I was looking back through pictures, because I realize how long it has actually been since I was in optimum shape. These pictures are from my Freshman year of College, before dating and marrying my sweet hubby. This is almost 5 years ago. After that, I put on a couple (seriously, only like 2) lbs that I have NEVER been able to get rid of.
When this picture was taken, I weighed 125 lbs. That's pretty much as "light" as I'll ever get. I have a lot of dense muscle, and I'm cool with that. Weight isn't the issue as much as how my body is shaped. Here's why this is my goal picture:
Defined, but thin arms. Not bulky.
I used to think that I would get bulky by lifting too much. I was quite disappointed when I was told that my arms only looked bulky when there was still fat on top of the muscle (thank you Jason - UV Dance Team trainer). I'm not afraid of muscle anymore. I just need to trim the fat as well.
Abs of steel and a thin waistline.
Ah, if I had only known then what I know how. Seriously...I am lucky to have the genetic predisposition that I do to have abs. I used to have people joke with me about washing their clothes on my stomach. (Stupid college boys at the pool.)
My abs never suck. Even now, they're not bad. I can proudly wear a two-piece, but my waistline is so much thicker and my abs don't even begin to compare. I would like an 8 pack, please! (Think Darah Torres!)
*I have included the second picture not because it's great, but because it shows how ripped my stomach was. Holy.
I don't know what to say about my legs in this picture, because they don't look amazing. Eh, they're definitely thinner than my legs are right now. The last picture is a better example of the toned gams I'd like to see make an appearance again.
I've always thought my legs were enormous and I have always hated them. However, since starting to read OXYGEN magazine, I have realized that women who are fit are proud of their shapely, muscular legs. I can have great legs - but it's like the arms. It's all the fat on top of the muscle that stands in the way between me and some greatness!
Which, as always, leads us right back to Diet, Diet, Diet.