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Old 09-04-2007, 03:49 AM   #11
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Re: Ideal Body Photograph

For inspiration, I look at the workout videos posted on this site. I am as inspired by the women who do these awesome workouts with amazing numbers as I am by seeing those done by the men. I watch and think - "I'll get there..." This, to me is a realistic, attainable goal. Looking like someone who doesn't have my parents is not rational.

That being said, I do check the mirror now and then. I like the byproducts of doing this stuff, but I have to stay focused on healthy goals.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:09 AM   #12
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Re: Ideal Body Photograph

You might not be able to look like your "perfect ideal figure", but there's no reason not to find a photo of someone who looks like you know YOU CAN look, and use their photo for inspiration.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:57 PM   #13
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Re: Ideal Body Photograph

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Originally Posted by Sean Gillespie View Post
"...look at junk food and think "this will make me slower/weaker, I'm not interested."
this works for me, well said!
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:39 AM   #14
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Re: Ideal Body Photograph

I like that one too...
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Old 09-05-2007, 10:55 AM   #15
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Re: Ideal Body Photograph

Richard, that focus on health that got you
so disciplined at first is no joke:

The picture on the left looks like someone
going through a severe allergic reaction,
sickness/ infection, or has had a traumatic
injury. He doesn't look as happy as the guy
in the portrait on the right either. That has
to be powerful motivation to keep it up.
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:25 PM   #16
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Thanks guys for all the input. It really helps. I put my scale into storage a couple weeks ago and am just focusing on health and the good feeling that I get after exercising.

Any weight loss is just a pleasant byproduct of this focus. I've been doing great with this mindset. If I ever do use the scale again, I've set a limit to one time per month. And just for curiosity.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:02 AM   #17
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Re: Ideal Body Photograph

The real problem with setting goals based on appearance rather than performance are the way your mind interprets these goals.

You really can't cheat a stopwatch. You run a fixed distance and try to run it in less and less time. It doesn't matter what mood you are in, what you fought about with your wife, the numbers on the watch don't change. 5 minutes is 5 minutes.

You pinch and inch and next week you are retaining a little water and have a bad week at work and a fight with your girl, and even though you haven't gained and ounce your MIND perceives you as being fatter, weaker, pudgy WHATEVER.

One is objective, one is subjective.

This is one of the reasons I have fallen in love with Crossfit. It's times everything, and used weight as a measure, so there isn't a factor that is subjective in your progress.


You goal should always be improving your health. Looking good is a fringe benefit, and one that becomes less and less important the healthier one gets.
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