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Sports Bra Extraveganza!

sports-braOkay so if Sunday is to be deemed “Confession Day” here at the Jenny Bryde blog, then Monday will be deemed “Lame-Ass Excuse Day”. 

I was all pumped up yesterday for today.  Today was going to be the start of the running season.  I laid out my running clothes and even picked out some dirt out of the soles of my running shoes.  I got up this morning, put on a sports bra (A SPORTS BRA, FOR GOODNESS SAKE!), and opened the door to get the paper.  Pitter patter pitter patter.  Nope, that’s not my heartbeat speeding up with a lovely am jaunt around the block; it’s the damn monsoon that’s happening outside my door right now. 

YO!  MOTHA NATCHA!  WHAT’S UP??? 

We have had some seriously ridiculous spring weather so far including hail and snow storms.  My poor tulips don’t know what the fuck is going on. 

So I checked the ten day forcast, and SUPPOSEDLY it’s supposed to be nice the rest of the week until the weekend.  You all need to check back tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to see if my lame-ass excuses are Monday specific or if I’m really a fat, lazy, liar.  I hope not the latter.  I’m still wearing my sports bra, by the way. 

This post was supposed to be about my exhilarating run from which I had just returned.  Instead, I will punish myself.  This post is now a celebration of women who have rocking bodies who also wear sports bras.  Maybe this will give us some motivation. 

First up we have this chic:

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She looks FANTASTIC in her sports bra.  Great cleavage, great arms, and she is SMILING.  She loves to exercise.  NOTICE HOWEVER, SHE IS NOT OUT IN THE RAIN.  I am not the only wuss out there.  NEEEEEEXT!

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Okay, I am posting this one not to inspire us but because it made me laugh so loud that I scared our cat out of the room.  Seriously!  WTF?  I will NOT be wearing this sports bra.  NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXT!

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This picture does inspire me because this girl is so confident to run outside that she goes sans t-shirt.  I hope to be at that point some day.  Haven’t you seen that fantastic sweaty girl who’s totally in shape and in her element while she’s running.  That’s my goal.  NEEEEEEEEEEEEXT!

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This picture is awesome.  There’s nothing particularly spectacular about J-lo’s sports bra, but she does look like she could kick someone’s ass.  And her legs are awesome!  (PS:  I found this picture on a webpage called “The World of Isaac” who features celebrities in sports bra.  I think Isaac is sort of a perv.)  NEEEEEEEEEEEXT!

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And to wrap things up, we have the famous picture of Brandi Chastain ripping her shirt off after winning the Women’s World Cup in soccer.  Because of her, I have had fantasies where I am kick ass at soccer.  So wierd, right?  I’ve never even played.  I was the kid who faked being sick all the time to get out of gym class.  Why soccer?  But anyhoo, Brandi is in fantastic shape and is one of my role models.

Well I hope you enjoyed your Sports Bra Extraveganza on this fine Monday morning.  Check back tomorrow.  I will not be posting pictures of myself in my sports bra, but hopefully I can tell you that I just got back from a run and that I’m not still a lame ass.

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The smoking pig is dead.

pig-smokingSo as mentioned previously, this future bride is trying to lose her past.  I am trying to drop major weight before my wedding and keep it off not only for the sake of my wedding photos, but also so that I can be a healthy mommy down the road.  I recently started being very concerned with my health and have made major steps in trying to take really good care of myself.

The first hurdle was smoking.  GASP.  Yep, I’ve smoked on and off since I was old enough to sneak cigarettes from my friend’s dad’s pack.  Even being a swimmer in high school, I’d smoke.  Bad, bad, bad.  This habit continued throughout college and beyond.  Just recently, I kicked the habit.  It was actually pretty easy.  I’ve been smoke free for about 4 months now.  My FI was also a heavy smoker.  Last week he came home with some nicotine mints and hasn’t touched a cigarettes now in 8 days.  So good for both of us.  🙂

The second hurdle was food.   I love food.  All food, and lots of it.  I’ve tried dieting before and failed every time.  It wasn’t until my father was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that made my head turn.  He had to follow a very strict diabetic diet and was told that he needed to lose 60lbs.  He was in hell for the first month, and so my mother and I have both been following the diet to be supportive of his efforts.  He succeeded!  He’s lost all of the 60lbs and has been told that his blood sugar tests have been coming back normal.  He is on a monitoring stage now.  My dad has totally been my inspiration, and after following the same diabetic diet, I have lost 20lbs.  I am in the lead for the biggest loser’s contest at my school.

Now I am ready for the third hurdle: Exercise.  I believe that this third step in moving towards a healthy life will actually be fairly simple to incorporate.  I’ve done the exercise route before and actually liked it, the problem being that I was still eating like a pig and smoking like a chimney.  Can you picture a smoking pig jogging around a track?  Yep, not very effective.  Well the smoking pig is dead, and I’m ready to run.

I’ve done various exercises before:  elliptical machines, aerobic classes, walking, and they’ve all given me moderate success.  Last year, I read a book called Secrets of a Former Fat Girl by Lisa Delaney. 

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Okay, I’m  not going to say the cliche phrase that this book changed my life, but seriously, it did.  It’s the story of Lisa’s weight loss journey that included getting her eating under control and incorporating running into her schedule.  As I’m reading this book, I’m thinking, no way.  I hate people who can run.  But her book is so inspiring, and her frank honesty is releaving, that I decided to give running a try. 

I went to faithful Google and typed in “beginner’s running” and found several promising sources.  I ended up on the Runner’s World website which had an 8 week training schedule going from walking to running for 30 minutes straight.  I followed the schedule faithfully, and at the end of 8 weeks, I was indeed running multiple miles.  It was so ridiculous.  I had never even run a mile in gym class, and here I was getting up at 5 each day to go to the track and run 2, 3, and 4 miles. 

When it got too cold outside to run, I holed up in my house for the winter and didn’t really do much.  Now it’s getting nice outside and lighter earlier, and I am ready to go run.  I am starting tomorrow morning, and I am looking forward to it.

I am hoping to see my weight loss speed increase since this time around with exercising, I also have my eating under control.  Last time I was running, my weight stayed steady because I was still the smoking pig.  I will keep you posted on how this goes.  I think Sundays will be from here on out CONFESSION DAYS.  I don’t attend church per se, so this will be my medium in which to confess good habits or bad habits and a weight update.  I guess that make’s you, reader, my priest.  🙂

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Measure this, jcrew!

quick-weight-lossI love this picture.  It makes me laugh.  And it inspires me.  What does it do for you?  I find myself lately addicted to looking at people’s before and after weight loss pictures.  Now, obviously this one is computer generated, but you can find tons of people’s success stories out there for inspriration.  I try to steer clear of success stories that are tied into a product because I’m not buying.  I like trying to find someone just like me as far as age, height, start weight, and goal weight.  It’s inspiring to see someone achieve this goal because sometimes it’s so hard to believe that I can do this. 

Yesterday, my mom measured me to send in my initial stats to my seamstress, Brandie Thomas.  I was kind of excited for this because I had measured myself in the fall before I had lost weight, so it was important for me to see actual numbers of how my body has changed.  For me, this speaks louder than a weight. 

I have gone down two inches in my chest, two inches in my waist, and four inches in my hips.  My waist to hip ratio is .78 which is high.  The recommended ratio for minimizing heart disease (how this is linked is anyone’s guess) is .7 meaning that your waist measurement is 70% of your hip measurement.  Basically, for those who are math challenged, take your hip measurement and divide it by your hip measurement. 

Along with minimizing heart disease risk, your waist to hip ratio (WHR)  is also related to others’ attraction to you.  I was watching some show on some channel (It was late.) about a study where they had instructed participants to look at computer generated images with different WHRs and indicate if they were attracted to the figure or not.  They showed them all sorts of figures, but there were many more “attractions” to the figures that had a .7 WHR regardless of the starting numbers (small, large, etc).  A .7 WHR shows up throughout history in art featuring women as well.  Apparently this relates to a man’s perspective of how able a woman is to bear his offspring.  A .7 WHR ensures a large enough womb, I guess. 

The study showed even more attraction to WHRs closer to .5 which means that the waste of the figures was HALF of the hip measurements.  This would make childbearing nearly impossible, according to the study.  This indicates that men have given up on the whole child bearing idea rather to concentrate on the attraction for other reasons….hmmm….

So where does this leave me?  What are my goals for my WHR?  My measurements were as follows:

Height:  69″ (5’9″), Bust:  40.75″, UnderBust (Bra size): 35.75″, Waist: 35.5″, Hip: 45″, WHR:  .78

Goal (according to jcrew size charts size 10:  Bust: 37.5″, Waist: 30, Hip:  40″, WHR:  .75

Why did I pick size 10?  Dunno…just cause.  🙂  It’s a start, right? I wanted to set a realistic goal.

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I’m a little fat and a little crazy.

 

 

fat-bride-cartoonIs anyone else considering breaking up with their fat asses?  We are at 542 days to go now, and maybe I should switch my countdown over to pounds…

That would be 28 pounds to go until I am in a “normal” weight range.  That would be 48 pounds to go until I am at my doctor’s goal weight for me.  Is anyone else trying to lose weight before their wedding?  What a dumb question.  Excuse me…let me rephrase that:  IS ANYONE NOT TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE THEIR WEDDING?  And if you are not, also where do you live so that I can come kick you in the pants.  Kidding.  Maybe. 

I have wonderful friends.  Really lovely ladies.  Really lovely tiny ladies.  They range from size 6 to size ZERO.  And they would never make me feel like I wasn’t wonderful or beautiful intentionally, but trying on wedding dresses and being told that my size would have to be special ordered because they don’t carry circus tents is my worst nightmare ever.

Okay, okay, I’m exaggerating…A LITTLE.  Are you sitting there thinking, “this gal is either really fat or really crazy”.  Let’s meet half way.  I’m a little fat and a little crazy.  I am 5’9″, so a healthy weight range for me is between 135 and 170 (although I think someone tall like me weighing 135 would probably look like a skeleton).  My “normal” weight would be 168lbs…scroll up, scroll down, do the math, and yup:  I currently weigh 196lbs.  My “goal” weight (the middle point of the “normal” BMI ranges) is 148lbs. 

I am doing a bang up job this year, I must say, of keeping to my New Years Resolutions, and with the 8lbs that I lost in 2008 plus the 19lbs I’ve lost this year, I’ve lost 27lbs….moremathmoremathmoremath, and yup:  I started out at 223lbs. 

So let’s recap:  I was really fat:  223lbs.  I’m still fat, but less so:  196.  I want to be “normal”: 168.  I want to be “really normal”: 148lbs.  And I have 6 months until I will not be able to hold back my dress hungry bridesmaids any longer. 

Isn’t this blog fun?  Neuroses and numbers all before nine o’clock.

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