By April 19, 2006

Sasquatch: Man or Beast? Or Beast-Man?

It’s been less than a month since I posted faceless pictures of myself as a benchmark for my workout sessions. After my last fat-pinching, I had Lady Jaye take some updated pictures.

The last rev of pictures are on the top in each group.

The front

The differences are subtle, and I’m not talking about the awful lighting. You can see my hip bones a lot better now, and I’ve started (slowly) to add some mass to my chest. Despite going up in strength quite a bit in the last month, my arms and shoulders still look about the same.

The back

From this angle, it looks like I’ve thinned out quite a bit. Either my back is becoming more muscular again, or I’m just shedding some of the center fat.

The side

Okay, admittedly I cheated last time and stuck my stomach out a bit, but nevertheless you can see some improvement from the side, also. I apologize for facing the opposite way. The one thing I immediately noticed was HOW AWFUL my swayback has gotten. Sitting for 14+ hours is really messing up my posture. How do I fix this? Holy shit!

Okay, that’s enough for now. Hopefully we can do this again in a month and there will be even more improvement.

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  1. jaine_parr says:

    Sitting for 14+ hours is really messing up my posture. How do I fix this?

    Sit up straight and use good posture while sitting. Simplistic answer, but most folks have forgotten that sitting up straight with good posture takes muscles and work and effort. We rely on fancy-dancy chairs with back supports and cushions and elbow rests to hold us in positions that are comfortable. If you discover that you can’t type when you are sitting up with good posture, or you can’t see the screen very well, you know you’ve set up your workplace for poor posture.

  2. butterysweet says:

    In a word, mindfulness. But you also can add to your regular workouts some spinal rolls and certain stretches, such as holding seated and standing forward bends, but these postures have to be taught to you correctly for them to do any good. But they are the best means to actually reverse the damage, rather than just ensuring that it doesn’t get worse. That’s right, bend over.

    And congratulations on your progress!

  3. cymwyd says:

    Adding to jaine_parr’s comment, it’s not sufficient to simply be mindful of your posture while seated working. You should also be conscious of your posture while standing, walking and working out. I suspect it’s easiest for you while working out, since you’re thinking about form (or should be!). I’ve finally gotten my work station here at the office correctly configured (thank you Facilities for taking 10 days to order plus 44 working days to install my keyboard tray!) and its an amazing difference. Now I have to get the desk at home adjusted 😉

    I’ve been working on simple low-tech methods from my ballet days while walking and standing – plus walking and sitting with a book on my head occasionally. Works for me.