I have always been one of those lucky kids who had the uber fast metabolism and could eat and drink whatever the hell I want and still not even hit 100 pounds. I never exercised, with the exception of one year of a weight lifting class in high school, and felt that I never needed to.
I need to now.
I just recently turned 23-years-old and I am a cosplayer. I have been into the cosplay hobby since 2007, where I started with the Rebel Legion and 501st. As I look back on those days and reminisce by scanning through pictures of past events, I’ve noticed one thing… my stomach doesn’t look quite as flat anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still tiny and weighing in right around 110 pounds. But I can tell that my metabolism has slowed and if I don’t make the changes I need to make before it’s too late, I won’t have the confidence to parade around in revealing costumes like Slave Leia and Arkham City Harley much longer. People tell me I still look “amazing”, “awesome”, and tell me they would kill to have my body. Does it help with my confidence?
But like any girl, I look in the mirror and see things I need to work on. I see pictures of other cosplayers (or women in general) who are in shape, eating healthy, and loving the exercise and I feel that pang of jealousy and that small blow to my confidence.
I not only want my costumes to turn out amazing, but I want myself to look amazing while in these costumes. I’d also like to look amazing in bikinis as well.
But my main motivation for working out, I’ve decided, is for the cosplay. Now, because I know how this community can be, let me tell you that I am not going to discriminate against anyone who wants to cosplay based on age, weight, gender, race, etc etc. You wanna cosplay Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Slave Leia, Rogue, or any other character you really like? Fucking go for it. If you are confident enough in yourself to wear the costume, then rock that damn costume. But I do want to warn you that the Internet and the general human population can be cruel. My 110 pound self has gotten ripped apart and called “Fatty Queen” and all kinds of other stupid bullshit because of one picture of my Harley Quinn where I was standing at an angle that made me apparently look “fat”. Yes. This happened. Did it hurt even though it wasn’t the truth? Yeah, it stung a little. I simply want to prepare you for what can happen in a community like this one.
But enough of that crap.
What this will be about:
This “Fit for Cosplay” section is going to be my personal journey I will be documenting as I struggle to squeeze exercising and GOOD meals into a crazy schedule involving work, school, homework, writing, what have you. My goal is very similar to a woman wanting to fit into that sexy bikini of hers, only mine happens to be a metal bikini from Star Wars. I don’t think there is a problem with that. I also want to feel better when I wake up. I have already been going to Zumba and delving into the healthier eating a little bit. One evening, I had leftover Serrano’s before going to Zumba. I could feel the affects of having the not-so-healthy meal during that work out. I could only imagine what years of unhealthy eating has done to my body and now that I’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like to eat good food and less bad stuff, I want to keep having that good feeling after my workouts and meals.
If you want to follow along, I’ll be posting what I do on a weekly basis as I get myself into a schedule. I will also be posting any healthy, delicious stuff I come across that you may or may not expect to be good for you. Keep in mind, I am also a college student with a hectic schedule and living on her own (finally). And you know how a college student’s diet typically is: Ramen, PB&J, Fast Food. So I’m sure this will be a struggle, but I’m putting it out there and sharing it with you.
If you have any requests or suggestions about what you’d like to see in this section of my blog, definitely let me know in the comments below! I’ll be posting something in the next few days (I hope) to give you an idea of my current body type as well as a background on my bad habits that I’m still struggling to break.
I hope you enjoy this, since this type of stuff is much more personal than what I usually post about.
Have suggestions for recipes, shakes, exercises, or even just tips on being healthy? I’m open to it all! Let me know in the comments below!
Stay geeky. <3