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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My former glory

Me in my better days, about 1989.  I looked and looked for a picture of my brother who was also a competitive body builder during the same period but I couldn't find one.  That was before everyone had digital cameras.  I thought you all would enjoy seeing a picture of him more than of me.
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Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Jan,
OK, now I'm interested, how do you look now?
Oops, I've missed your giveaway, I must go back and have a look.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Well two sides to a beautiful woman. I have never been a fan of those body building women. I appreciate staying in good shape but it looks so convoluted. Maybe I just don't understand. Yes how do you look now.

audrey said...

Oh, Jan, this is so great!! What a great picture and just look at those muscles. WOW!
This had to be an exciting time in your life. If feels good to be in shape and you had to work hard to get to that point. Did you win any awards?
So glad you posted this. (:
♥ audrey

Jan said...

Anna Rosa, I look exactly the same now (LIAR) except with sparkles in my hair, no bikini and about 5 pounds heavier, with less muscle, and oh yeah, crinkles on my skin. Other than that, exactly the same;-J

Hi QMM, I was never one of those freaky huge women, I really just looked athletic.

Audrey, yeah, it was a good time in my life, I'm glad I did it. I actually did win lots of awards. My attic is full of dusty trophies. Hey, lets inspire each other and start working out again!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Ya ROCK Jan!!!
Then, and now!!! I still find it amazing how you were abole to have the focus and determination to do the work required to be in that shape.
I am too lazy....I'll settle for semi-FIT, and even that one is a bit away at the moment! LOL!!!


Marlene said...

Wow Jan you look(ed) great! In my wildest imagination I could never have looked that way, I do not have the kind of discipline it takes. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

holy cow look at you! i can't imagine having a body like that. i'm all squishy lol. good thing my husband still likes me that way! :)

audrey said...

I hope we will all take some time today to reflect on how much our friends mean to us.
I am so happy to have found you in this world of blogging.
Have a wonderful day, Jan!
♥ audrey

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sjmcdowell said...

Hi Jan,

Super WOW!!! You looked stunning in that photo!! I remember every now and then watching the women body builders on ex husband was into body building and I remember seeing a girl that looks ALOT like your photo....hummm I wonder if it was YOU???
Well my dear, glad that you are you and that I have met you!!!!
Hugs and a very Happy day to YOU!

Beadwright said...

HI Jan
Wowowowowowow. You look awesome!!! Do you still work out?

Great photo

Marie S said...

Happy happy Sisterfriend Day to my newest sisterfriend!!
I love you and I appreciate you.

What a body girl!! I used to lift too, but no pictures becuase I still thought I was fat! LOL!
I would love to be that fat now! LOL!
I was like a pit bulls tail!!
Have a GREAT day.
Giant hugs.

Tam Hess said...

WOW! Cool girl...wish I could work on my body like that. Just a spec of the dicipline would be so nice. That's a beautiful picture. :)

Jan said...

First of all, Happy Sisterfriend to you all! Remember, no housework today!!

Anne, I wish I had that good of focus in my art work, or was as good an artist as I was a bodybuilder!

Marlene, thanks. A person needn't aspire to being in that kind of shape, just moving around more can reap rewards.

Lisa, squishy love is good too!

Audrey, thanks for the reminder, Happy sisterfriend to you too. so glad to have met you.

Susan, Probably wasn't me you saw although I was on TV a couple of times. I was in a magazine once too. That was pretty cool!

Nicole, I haven't been working out but one of my blogging friends and I have made a pact to start working out "together" so I started that today. wish me luck.

Marie, it is a shame so many of us, even when slender, think we are fat. I got my first Pit Bull when I was deep into BB, one of the things that attracted me to the breed was their muscularity and athleticism.

Tam, tiny steps. It only takes one step to begin the journey, grasshopper;-)

Ces said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OOOH MY! I shall return...

Ces said...

OMG! This is too sexy.

Ces said...

I think I am having hot flushes. Craud, I have to go to a meeting. Hey! You are supposed to warn me. Hahahahah! No really, I admire your determination. That is a lot of work. I am such a wimp. I was skinny and now I am flabby. Ugh! And you say you look the same. You could probably kick my ass in a sec!.

Jan said...

Ces! I was kidding when I said I look the same. Calm down!!:-) If only I did look that good still. No, it was too much work, now I'm an artist. But I'm starting to work out again as of today!!!

Maria said...

The picture is wonderful! I also had an athletic body once but I never had muscles like you did! Now I have 30 pounds too many (and will be starting to work out agains as of tomorrow! ;)
Have a nice week ahead!

Tanya said...

WOW!!! 've never met a real body builder!!! It is amazing how beautiful a body can be. Not that I ever wished to look this good, but a few less tires would be nice. I went through an aerobic stage and so I know I COULD get in shape if I tried (well, that was 20 years ago so maybe now I CAN'T!) Thanks for the picture!

Fox On The Run Meanderings... said...

She may not look exactly the same, but she is in wonderful condition...very trim and takes good care of herself. Thanks for sharing one of your body building pics. That does take determination.

Robbie said...

Well, golly!! I'm a few days behing in looking at dashboard!! How cool! My son works out everyday (gym @ 4:00 a.m.! then to work @ 6:30). He's into triatholns and I admire anyone who is dedicated at any sport!! congrats for your time at this! Now I have to think about where I was in '89! HA

Emmy said...

well well what to say great body great shape
great picture

lynne h said...

damn! xo

Martha Bright said...

WOW. That is amazing. I'm curious--how long after you stopped did that "look" persist? Probably hard to say. To be honest I am not a fan of anything that exaggerated done to the body. How do you feel about the whole body-building scene now?