On May 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM Pacific Time, Krazydoglady wrote:
My body fat is 21% -- the low end of 'fitness.' That's by design. I run, i lift. I have worked hard for it.
A friend of mine on facebook posted this today:
STRONG is the new THIN!
Needless to say, there's a reason we are friends.
My goal is and always has been to be strong. Being lean is to a certain extent a byproduct of being strong, but it's also by design. I want the wide variety of health benefits that come with being both strong and lean. Of course, there's also the added benefit of physically being prepared in case the dead rise and we face a Zombie Apacolypse.
How much is 'enough'? I would like to have the body of a 25 year old fitness competitor-- ideally. Achieving that ideal is about as likely as the afore mentioned Zombie Apacolypse; however we all need to have goals.
In all seriousness, For me it's less about looks than being strong. My perspective, of course, is probably skewed because I have a disfiguring disease that affects both my face and my legs. I walk around in shorts (Florida) every day with lower legs that I assure you make yours look like Twiggy's. My legs and my "Marty feldman" eyes don't define me even if they do occasionally bum me out.
I am blessed, in my life, and I try not to forget it. My sister is in a wheel-chair having suffered through cancer and multiple strokes before the age of 50 related to her cancer treatments. She's in congestive heart failure, and she knows the clock is ticking. You never hear her complain or express concerns of vanity. It's all about making the most of every day.
Krazydoglady, you're an amazing person whom I admire. You're post just about brought a tear to my eye. I hope to be just a little bit like you when I grow up!