Fit Five: Mandy

Today’s Fit Five Friday features Mandy from Washington, DC. Let’s see what she has to say about health, fitness, and her body.

1. What do you love about your body?

I think there are a few things that I really love about my body. I love my calves; for some reason no matter if I gain or lose weight, they always seem to remain the same size. On top of that I am a big fan of my eyes, although most people don’t really get to see them behind my coke-bottle-esque glasses.

2. What would you like to change about your body?

Really the only thing I would like to change about my body is the size of my breasts. I have always been larger than average and now as I am getting older I find that they are responsible for a lot of pain in my shoulders and back. Plus, even when I lose weight, they don’t really shrink. I’ve begun the steps needed to go ahead with a reduction surgery, but am stalling due to the long(ish) recovery time.

3. Have you ever been or are you currently on a diet?

If I go on a diet I tend to always fall back to following the Weight Watchers plan. By tracking my food, being hyper-sensitive about portion sizes, and learning how to make healthier substitutes for food I love, I find that even if I don’t lose the amount that I wanted, I just start to feel better about the food that I am consuming. I also like that WW never feels like I am punishing myself; I can bank points for special evenings out or for happy hour with my friends, which I like because I don’t have to call attention to myself by always ordering the tiniest salad or entree on the menu.

4. Have you ever or do you currently belong to a gym? 

Until recently I belonged to a gym, but I now live in a building with an incredible small gym setup, which includes treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, nautilus machines, yoga mats, etc. I miss the pool from my last membership, but not having to walk to the gym when it is still dark out is a huge life improvement for me.

5. What does fitness mean to you?

Fitness for me means being able to live an active life without feeling like I cannot do something. I am currently trying to rebuild my fitness after a knee and ankle injury and it is really hard going. I am looking forward to the day when I will be out hiking again and not worrying about my leg giving out. I am not so concerned about being thin or having the body of a twenty-year-old anymore. I just like to feel good about my level of physical activity.

Bonus: What is your current fitness goal?

My current fitness goal kind of ties in to the previous question. Right now I want to be able to play softball, walk, hike, etc., without feeling like I am going to injure myself more by taking part in an activity. Building strength in my injured leg is my main priority.