Part of what keeps me motivated is not only seeing my progress physically, but seeing numbers go down, too! It’s incredible the change you can see in just 6 months or so!
So starting with the obvious change — your weight will go down when you lose weight ;). My starting weight (but not highest weight) was 207.4. My weight as of this morning is 166.4! So that’s a total loss of 41 pounds!
This part always blows my mind. It’s like, where do these inches go?! Weight loss is a cool thing, man. So I measured myself at the beginning of my weight loss, at week 9, and today. Here are my measurements!
TWENTY. NINE. INCHES. 9.5″ of those inches are my hips! Holy hip decrease, batman! And boobs. Gone are the boobs :(. But now v-necks don’t make it look like I’m working the streets! So that’s a plus ;). If you’re wondering what 29 inches looks like, I took the liberty of taking a ridiculous photo to show you:
See? It’s shocking ;).
Body Mass Index
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. It determines if you are obese, overweight, normal, or underweight.
When I began in July, my BMI was in the obese category. Not just by a little, but comfortably lounging around lazily :-/. My starting BMI is the top push pin:
Now, my current BMI is represented by the bottom pushpin! I’m now in the overweight category. That doesn’t sound so glamorous, but look at how many points I’ve dropped!
- Starting BMI: 35.6
- Current BMI: 28.6
- Goal BMI: 25
This is the part of weight loss that is taking the longest to get used to! In July, I was wearing a size 22 jean. Oy. Now, I am wearing a pair of way too big size 16s. I know I need a new pair, but I hate buying clothes knowing that I’ll just need even smaller ones in a few months! I need to hit up a resale shop or eBay or something :). I’m still having the “but I can’t REALLY fit into that” issue. I have been window shopping online, and looking at sizes based on my measurements, but it doesn’t feel like I can really wear size 14 bottoms and size M-L tops!
Walking and Running
When I began in July, I was always so proud of my walks — even though they were only like a mile long! I’m glad I did them, and I’m not knocking anyone who walks a mile, but it cracks me up to think now that it took me this long to do a mile!
Nearly 27 minutes to do one mile! Now, I run a mile in under 12:30. It’s still nothing major to some pro runners, but when you look at where I started, it’s a big difference!
So even though this week wasn’t an OMG EARTH SHATTERING WEIGHT LOSS week (I lost .4 pounds), it’s important to remember where you started, and don’t forget how far you’ve come. Success is measured in many different ways. Don’t get discouraged if your scale isn’t moving fast enough!