Progress Pics

It’s bedtime.  About 30 minutes ago, I wrote a short and kind of entertaining post about posing practice.  Java crashed and it evaporated.  I’m exhausted and used up all my words.  So how about some progress pics?  (I’ll document another time about posing practice – it’s fun, but tiring.)

July 22, 2012.  33 days out.

And just a frame of reference.  This is me 161 weeks ago…

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18 responses to “Progress Pics

  1. It is hard to believe that it is the same person in the before picture. You look 30 years younger in the posing pictures. Amazing.

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  2. Lovin’ the posing.. I think I’d feel super silly having to pose like that! The second pic is my fave with your back! Definitely looks like the body of a 30-something!

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    • I did feel silly when I started. Still do when I do the little one-minute routine. My intention is to practice every day for an hour – 30 min on the poses and 30 min on my routine. Goal is to be able to hold the poses with everything flexed, stomach “vacuumed”, and not shaking. The more I do it, the more it seems “normal”. It helps that there are almost 20 people from my gym competing in this same show. It’s like I’m surrounded by people for who this kind of contorted posing is normal. 🙂

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      • That’s awesome to have others around you doing it! Are you at a commercial gym? Or one more specialized for your program?

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        • When it opened, it was a specialized gym for power lifters. Owners are a married couple who were both competitive, nationally ranked lifters. It’s kind of a mix in there now. People training for competitions, martial arts folk, people doing rehab, regular folks, and bodybuilders. It’s a really nice “garage” gym. Called American Iron. http://american-iron.com/

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  3. You looked just like many of the people I call daily about the management of their chronic conditions. So inspired by your progress. If I can get one person to realize what lies within, I’ll have done my job.

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    • When I went to the doc and told her that I was getting dizzy and stopped taking my blood pressure meds, she gave me that ‘look’, checked, then gave me a new look. “No one, NO ONE, comes off blood pressure meds. Good job.” Everyone has the potential. They choose how they want to spend their $$ and time. I’ve got two degrees and a couple of certifications – I know how hard it is to do that kind of thing. I have a demanding job. It’s the same kind of discipline applied in a different way. What perplexes me is how some people, who know where I started, look at me now, and say dumb stuff like “I’d rather spend my money on a nice meal instead of a posing suit.” I know they are uncomfortable so I fight hard not to reply “Yes, that’s obvious.”

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  4. Very good progress thus far. The invitation is still open to share your story as many would be inspired. We have had a few recent competitors on the site recently. You should snap some training pics as well.
    God bless

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  5. All I can say is good for you. This must be an exciting journey for you. I have enjoyed following your blog. My hat goes off to you….well done 🙂
    Anna.

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    • Thank you! I’m having so much fun. It’s exciting now to see things happening quickly. Thanks for following. I enjoy your blog, as well. I’m just not a very good blog-buddy. Too tired in the evenings to do much more than read them.

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  6. I’m just in awe. But I’ll tell you one thing – I am NEVER going to be a fat old woman! NEVER! I used to think that fat and frumpy was just what happened as women got older, and thee was nothing you could do about it. Now I know better, and I am NOT going to let it happen to me.

    Bodybuilding rocks! 🙂

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  7. Omg I see abs! And a genuine smile! Are those two things connected??
    I’m so happy for ya – you look great, and you are so going to be ready to nail this thing!

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  8. OMG!! So glad I popped in here because this really inspires me. If you can do it, so can I!! 🙂

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    • Absolutely! It’s takes a while, but it’s doable. I did it publicly to keep myself accountable. It’s been quite a trip. Takes a little discipline and patience, but the body does do what it’s supposed to do. One cell at a time is frustrating slow sometimes, though.

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  9. I don’t know if you’ll see this or not. I was introduced to your blog a few days ago. I’ve started at the beginning of your journey and have been captivated. I’ve been so upset that your progress pictures are not showing up since about week 150. As anal as I am I checked several different computers even at work. I Hope you do have a book so I can enjoy every aspect of your progress. You may have one and I just haven’t gotten to that part yet!

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