Friday, May 02, 2008

It's all relative

Magda asked how tall I am - it's a good question, because weight means very little without knowing how tall someone is. And then of course, having more or less muscle mass makes a huge difference to how you look overall.

So, I'm "only" 160cm tall (that's 5'3" if you don't speak Metric). Good things in small packages and all that. :o)

For me, 57 is a manageable maintenance weight, and one where I feel pretty content with myself. I fit comfortably into size 8-10, which at my height is fine. I've been sitting at around 58 (dip into the 57s.... bounce back up to 59.... we all know how that goes) for quite a few weeks now and I just had to pull my finger out and get a bit serious. Being at maintenance weight gives me a small window of opportunity to build a bit more muscle before I have to start working on stripping more fat for comp prep.

A few facts:

My highest ever weight (December 1995): 93kg. Yikes! I was pregnant with The Baby and he was a boofer at 4.125kg, but when you get right down to it, that doesn't actually make up much of the 30 or so excess kilos I was carrying.

My highest ever non-pregnant weight (June 2003): 85kg, as near as I can figure out. I had a deadly aversion to the scales, so by the time I actually got on them, I'd lost a few kilos already.

My lowest ever weight (March 2006): 49.9kg. Bike Boy thought I was too skinny - and he was right. I didn't think so at the time, but I can see now that I was seriously lacking muscle, in spite of all my efforts over the preceding 2 and a half years. You can't make up for 45 years of sitting on your butt letting your muscles atrophy by heaving some weights around for a couple of years. By the way, I never intended to remain at that weight - the plan was always to slowly gain and then maintain in the mid-50s. I'm not entirely ga-ga!

Right now, I feel good. Not perfect, but happy enough. But I'm keen to see how I look with the extra muscle I've gained over the past 2 years, when I lean out this time.


Debstar said...

I reckon the last time I was 49.9 I would have been 10. I was probably 160cm when I was 10 as well. Then again I could have been taller. I was 5ft 7 when I turned 12.

Kek said...

Isn't it funny how photos don't always give you a true idea of how people look? I always pictured you as petite, Deb.... (I always say "petite" - sounds better than "short").

OK, here's a weird fact: at 50kg, my waist measurement was SMALLER than it was at age 12. My bust size was bigger, but not by much. How do I know this? I found the dress pattern my Mum made our summer school uniforms from when we were cleaning up for her house sale, and it had my measurements written on the paper envelope.

Anonymous said...

WOW i didn't know you were going to compete that is very exciting

Magda said...

Thanks Kek,

thats really interesting. At the end of the day our weight is a number. I've been a skinny (muscleless) 60kgs and looked scrawny but at 60 with some muscle ... well different story. The fact you comfortably wear a size 8-10 confirms that you are lean and your "weight" is mainly muscle.

I cant wait til you decide to compete and blog about your prep journey. Please please please do it soon :-)



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