Measurement realization – Weigh in Wednesday

You know those “aha” moments people have? I had them when I was 264, and I had them again and again. The last time I had that moment, that kick started my year long trek of getting on board. Was actually a girl at work.

One on my friends/coworkers was measuring herself, yes… water bottle talk at it’s finest. She was all shocked what her numbers were. Now, she’s thin. She’s this cute little ball of yoga and energy. I even told her “Are you kidding me? I’d love to have your figure!” before she started measuring herself.

What shocked me was as she measured herself, in a very scientific method of string and a measuring tape… you know, the straight metal ones that you’d pull out of a tool box…the numbers sounded very familiar.

I pulled up my blog on my phone to my last measurements post and I was blown away.

Her measurements were only about 1-1.5 inches smaller than mine were at my smallest point. Excluding those damn lovehandles of mine.

Nothing like perspective, right?

So that’s what motivated me to get moving. That was the pinnacle moment back in 2016 that kicked my butt into gear.

Now, admittedly my measurements hadn’t changed all that much from 2015-2016. But here’s a little snippet if you don’t feel like going back to that.

And I actually haven’t measured myself since that moment.

So… here goes nothing. Let’s see what 25 pounds looks like!!!

Bust – 42.5″    -1.5
Waist – 36.5″   -2
Hips – 46″      –1.5
Lovehandles – 44″   -6
R thigh – 27″    -1
L thigh – 26.5       –1.5
R arm – 14″     –.5
L arm – 14.5″     -0
Neck – 14.5″      -0

YAY! I’d really like to do some backflips to that -6 for my lovehandles. Those were getting out of control.

And since this is supposed to be my weigh-in day, I suppose I’ll post that too.
Harrumph

Last weigh in: 212.3
This weigh in: 210.0
Lost lost: 2.3 pounds
Total lost from highest: 60 pounds

And a secondary YAY!

Thank you water weight? Weight weight? Fat weight? Who know? But I’m pretty darned pleased.

Til next time

Wider than I am tall

I hope all of your weekends were great! Hopefully better than mine. I’m trying to fight off a wicked cold. Gotta love what the season change does to my sinuses!!! But I came to the realization that I’ve gotten so much bigger.

Like way bigger.

Of couse, my weight is an indicator of that. Come on, I had been down to 181 at one point. That’s a pretty good jump right there. Definitely. But a scale isn’t always the best indicator of weight in general. Sure, I’m using it as a good baseline for now. I know I want to lose “x” amount of pounds, but that final number is probably going to change several times.

My goal, as I’ve said a bazillion times, is to be healthy and happy. My goal isn’t to wear a size 0 or weigh 120 pounds. Being overweight and obese my entire life, I can’t say that I’d be happy with how I’d look or feel with those stats. I know I would like to stop around 165 pounds and take stock of how I feel. Then I’d consider if I want to lose more. Who knows! I might surprise myself and be totally happy at some obscure number like 159 or 177 or maybe even 148. I have no clue. I’ve never weighed that much, so I don’t know how those numbers feel.

But what I’ve always been aware of is that weight is subjective. There was a time that I’d lost 3+ inches off my waist and hips but I actually gained a few pounds. Same in the reverse, from 195-185 my measurements had stayed pretty much the same. So I like to rely on measurements as well as my weight. The lower the scale goes, the more likey I am going to be to listen to my body cues, clothing sizes, and measurements.

Measurements

Back about a million 40 pounds ago, my measurements were getting on track. My waist was 31.5″ and my hips had whittled down to 39.5″ I’d lost 18″ from my waist, hips, and lovehandles at that point. Which is pretty freaking unreal. And amazing. And boy I felt it! I was wearing a size 10! It was pretty freaking amazing!

So out of morbid curiosity I measured myself this morning.

Bust 44″
Waist 38.5″
Hips 47.5″
Lovehandles 50″
L/R thigh 28″ ea
L/R arm 14.5″ ea
Neck 14.5″

But a picture speaks a thousands words…measurements kind of scream them.

I’ve added seven inches on my waist, eight on my hips, and my lovehandles have grown nine inches. NINE inches. That doesn’t even account for all the other places I’ve gained inches. Twenty four inches. I’ve gained two feet of fat in just three places.

Talk about humiliation.

No wonder I can’t fit any of my old clothes.

But at least I have a starting point. I’m actually kind of excited to see those numbers dwindle down.

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