There’s More to Fitness Than Looking Good

This morning I finished reading Thing of Beauty, the biography on 70’s model Gia Carangi by Stephen Fried. Some of you may have read the book already as Gia received some exposure through the HBO biographical movie about her life starring Angelina Jolie a few years ago. As a former dedicated fan of the CNN “Style” with reporter Elsa Klensch program and fashion sewing hobbyist, I occasionally surface from my fitness and gaming fog long enough to indulge in a peripheral interest in the fashion world.

It was an interesting read–I didn’t mind the author’s way of meandering off into mini-bios of every secondary character in Gia’s world–but ultimately very depressing as she fell from the heights of high fashion to a lonely death of AIDS at the age of 26 in 1986 after years of drug abuse. As I read the book, I was struck by how superficial and empty Gia’s world really was. She had her looks, an audacious lack of respect for authority and some incredible luck, but that was it. She never had to work hard to look the way she did, so she didn’t truly appreciate how fortunate she was to rise so fast in the industry. The industry and the lifestyle of the era certainly played a role in her fall, but I couldn’t get over how devoid of any meaningful activities her life was.

This girl lived to get photographed, party all night, get high, and fail at a string of relationships. 😐 In over 400 pages of detail, I don’t recall seeing even one legitimate hobby or attempt to expand her knowledge. She didn’t even have a pet. Without any interests outside of the superficial, maybe it becomes too easy to lose your sense of perspective.

So this got me thinking about my own fitness goals and my motivation for continuing with the healthy lifestyle even after I technically reached goal last fall. Am I only doing this for superficial reasons? Am I in danger of putting too much emphasis on the outward manifestations of the workouts and eating instead of the internal and invisible benefits to my psyche and health?

Maybe I am just overanalyzing again, too. :tongue: I do have outside interests, I enjoy learning new things, and I make sure I set aside time (work permitting) to pet the kitties and plant the veggies if not smell the flowers.

Fitness and the nice little side effect of improved appearance is just a component in the full Project Maggie game plan as far as I’m concerned, not the ONLY thing in my life. It’s an important component, certainly, but so is improving my art skills, picking up new knowledge through reading and practical application, or interfacing with friends and family.

Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in the appearance-oriented goals instead of the health, athletic performance, or overall well-being ones.

Nutrition: 1300-1500 calorie low zig zag day

1: 1 c. Fiber One Honey Cluster cereal, 1 scoop whey protein
2: Fiber One protein bar
3: 3×1 veggie omelette, apple
4: Chinese chicken salad, apple
5: 1/2 c. rice, 3×1 spinach omelette
6: 1/3 c. oatmeal, 1 T. raisins, 3 oz. chicken breast

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum


The Awful Truth:
1. Went to bed at 12:50 am due to WoW session. Must control OCD impulses in regards to gaming and redirect energy to studying for NASM exam.

Brownie Points:
1. Made some more rice.
2. Did the laundry.
3. Updated stats in fat loss spreadsheet.
4. Took out the trash.
5. Went for run during lunch instead of joining co-workers at pizza bingefest at Uno’s.

Short-term Goals:
1. Keep working on P90X forms.
2. Clean bathroom and bedroom.
3. File paperwork.
4. Revise daily schedule based on new work hours.
5. Finish folding/hanging clothes.
6. Set aside cooking time!!!

5 thoughts on “There’s More to Fitness Than Looking Good

  1. I saw the movie, and I got the same impression,
    I never read the book, or had any interest in GIA,
    I just thought the movie was bad,
    exept for the T&A fo course..:claphigh:,
    It is sorry to think of al the people who are just
    wondering around with no direction.

  2. WoW is taking over everyones life. This was a great entry though. I never thought of Gia that way, but you’re right.

  3. Hey Maggie… I was going to try your challege that you did. I was gonna incorporate “Consecutive perfect days” into my daily logs as well as the positive and negatives I do thoughout the day, just like you. Hope you don’t mind!! :love:

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