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Derby Butt

December 21, 2010

Those of you who have known me for a while know that before my adventures in roller derby, I was doing an adventure in weight loss.  In the past 20 months or so, I’ve lost 95-ish pounds.  A lot.  At this point, I’m used to getting smaller, watching the scale go down, and having to buy smaller and smaller clothes, even if that’s not happening as quickly as it did in the beginning.

Since starting roller derby, my priorities have shifted a bit.  Instead of keeping myself on a strict 1,500 calorie diet, I’m having to fuel my workouts by eating more.  I’ve been doing tons of strength training, less of my usual cardio (running or elliptical) and more skating.  I think it’s working, because I feel stronger and slimmer, but the scale shows I’m gaining weight.  I’m probably the only girl out there who has gained weight since we started boot camp (ok, it’s only 3 pounds…).  My pants, while they aren’t complaining, are fitting me differently.  My thighs have always been the barrier between me and smaller jeans, and that’s not changing.  Yes, they’re getting rock hard, but they sure as hell aren’t getting any smaller.

I’ve given up the dream of my calves ever fitting into regular knee-high leather boots.  When I find the perfect pair, they will be wider for the more “athletic” calves.  That’s right, my calves will not be getting any smaller either.

On to the derby butt…

Derby girls have the most amazing butts.  All of them, no matter what size they are.  Perfect, round, and muscular.  It’s a sight to behold.  While mine is just in the beginning stages, it is definitely changing.  Squats, lunges, skating low, and I believe just striding, do wonders for the butt.  But no, my butt does not seem to be getting any smaller.

As positive as all of these changes are, it does require that I change my measure of success.  I’m adding muscle, so the scale is likely to rebel right now.  My thighs seem to have stopped shrinking, so size 6 jeans may not be in my immediate future.  Perhaps as my body adjusts to the abuse I’m putting it through, I’ll get smaller in the right places, but for now my focus is elsewhere–balance, strength, crossovers, wall sits, planks squats.  It’s probably a good thing too.  People who have lost a large amount of weight know that reaching their goal weight can be a disorienting feeling of “Now what?  Is that it?”  I hope to gradually glide into my happy weight/body composition and know that I’ve already moved on to bigger and badder things.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2010 7:53 pm

    OH, I know that challenge. When I'm heavy into cycling, I worry that I'll be the Incredible Hulk and my thighs will bust out of my jeans. I don't shrink, I SOLIDIFY!~ Trish, aka CodeMauler at SP

  2. December 23, 2010 9:44 pm

    Get on wit cha bad self, Simone!

  3. December 29, 2010 5:37 am

    Do you find as well though that your perception of the ideal body shape is changing? Before derby, I thought toned was cool but basically thinner = better. But now I see ‘bigger’ girls and think ‘wow, she looks powerful’. Powerful? I’d never cared whether a chick looked powerful before 🙂

    • December 29, 2010 6:22 am

      You know, I’ve always admired strength and I always knew that I have a tendency to be more muscular than skinny. I think rather than changing my perception of the ideal body, it has improved my acceptance of my own body. It’s hard to even pay attention to my extra fluff when I’m so focused on getting stronger, faster, and more agile. I’m less focused on getting to the elusive “goal weight” and more appreciative of what I’ve got, even if what I’ve got is not as small as other girls. My goal is still to lose the extra fluff, but I’m much less critical of myself now.

  4. February 6, 2012 2:36 am

    Ive been a part of the amazing sport of roller derby for two years july 2012.
    It has to be said that I have a completely different idea of what a beautiful body is.
    The athletic women of all shapes and sizes have inspired and amazed me with their strength, speed and agility. No matter what size roller girls are, one thing for sure is they do have the most amazing booties in the universe, and I am happy to be included in this circle of fierce athletic ladies.


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