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Friday, May 30, 2014

Musings of a Muse - Part 5

Forget thigh gap. I'm exercising for my rib cage.

Summer is right around the corner, which means warm weather, pool parties and beach bodies. I've always been slim--not skinny or thin--just slim. When I was a kid, a doctor requested that my mom start feeding me Ensure so I could pack on some pounds. I've always been pretty comfortable with my weight. And according to health charts, I should be between 104 and 131 lbs, which I am. And my BMI should be between 18.5 and 24.9, which it is.

But recently, I've been letting my love of all-things-carbs take over. So at the beginning of May, I decided to change some things.

I've been going to the gym at least four days a week. I've been reducing carb intake when possible. I've been adding more protein (in the form of veggie shakes) to my routine. Making these healthier choices should come with a big payoff. And my main goal is to be healthier. But I'm not doing it because I think I'm fat (because I don't). And I'm not doing it because I want a bikini body (I prefer one pieces).

I'm doing it because of my rib cage. More specifically, a rib cage tattoo.

I love tattoos. I have two and have been waiting to get a third for a while now. I watch tattoo shows like nobody's business. After thinking long and hard, I've decided that my third tattoo will be on my rib cage. And in order to put one there and have it look boss, I will have to get in better shape. I'm not concerned about my body image, because trust me, I have no issues in that department. I'm more concerned with all the pain that comes with a rib cage tattoo. But I know it'll be worth it and serve as a good reminder to stay fit! Going for the goal by the end of August.

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  1. Getting in shape to feel fit or healthy is the best way to go and to work towards a goal like your tattoo is great. Am glad you said you are fine with yourself as you are, as I know how people on the blogs jump at stuff like that pointing fingers. I work out to keep fit and also because I'm getting older and well, I love to eat, haha. The rib tattoo sounds awesome, hope you get to your goal soon enough :)) Have a great weekend x

  2. I see nothing wrong with taking care of your own body and making healthy choices. You don't need a weight-loss excuse in order to do the healthy choices :)
    I still want to put on a little bit of weight, but healthy one, so I'm doing the same as you - activities, healthy food, low carbs, etc. :)
    4 times a week in the gym - that's a good dedication, girl! Keep it up!


  3. I agree with the comments above, Cheryl. Trying to be healthier is always A-Ok in my book.
    PS I love rib tattoos. You can rock that now! (That's Bohemian Chic in the last pic, right? I love her.)

  4. I love your reasoning for getting in shape - healthy, positive, etc....

    Do you know what kind of tattoo you want? I am intrigued!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

  5. Wow..I love tattoo as the art and I am planning to get one!!
    I am thin but I like to do Yoga and exercises to keep myself fit. Many people ask me why am I doing it and how lucky I am to be thin that I need not do it. Sometimes, they don't get my reasoning of staying fit and flexible, which is quite irritating.
    Anyways, what kind of tattoo are you planning to get?


  6. I LOVE that feather tattoo... not like I am biased or anything ;)

    I am debating what my third tattoo will be as well, cant wait to see how it all goes!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  7. Yay to being healthy! Hope that tat doesn't hurt too much!! It's right at the bone.

  8. A rib tattoo sure would hurt but like you said it would be a good reminder to stay fit. So go for it..

    Have a great weekend.

  9. A girl I know has a rib cage tatoo and she told me it was extremely painful, but she was happy she did it. It needs a strong motivation, just like keeping fit, and I admire this ! I mostly eat healthy to keep my body in shape, as I am scared of needles and I only like tatoos on the others, LOL...I am a coward !. Good luck on your goal, it's always beautiful to set up goals to reach. You go girl !

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  10. Ooooh, a rib cage tattoo!! So bad ass! What are you thinking of getting?

    aka Bailey

  11. Working out just makes me feel good, especially since I had a gymnastics back injury growing up. I recently started a new work out to change up my old one and it's amazing, like doing spinning with kickboxing! :) One of my BFF's has a rib cage tattoo, I like the way it looks, although I would probably just get another one on my back. Enjoy the w/e. /Madison


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