Friday, September 4, 2009

Measuring Up

I have been thinking about how often I should post progress pics and update my measurements. I figure that, even if the progression of weight loss is slow to show, it is still worth recording the changes more often than less. I want to revel in what is being accomplished now and as I take this journey, not to just save it up for one finale upon the completion of my goal.

So, with that in mind, I have decided that the best thing to do is note those overall improvements once every few weeks. I think a good time to record that type of information is on a day when I am already doing an official weigh-in, so I am hoping to be posting an updated photo along with new measurements on the first Saturday of every month.

I am not expecting any huge improvements right off the bat, but I do think it will be good for me to have a visual and concrete numbers comparison. In addition to wanting to recognize what I have already done, my desire is also to fuel the flame for wanting more changes. So far I have been doing well, but I don't want feeling good to replace the reality that I am still obese and still have a long way to go. I want to celebrate every little victory, but also ensure that I don't start thinking that I can take a break just because I can walk up a hill without stopping to catch my breath.

- 12 glasses of water throughout the day
- 3 bites of a banana
- 1 large apple
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with roasted chicken, grated cheese, garden tomato, garden pepper, garden cucumber, green onion, green leaf lettuce, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 6 large cranberry and hazelnut crackers
- 1 cup of pineapple
- 1 cob of corn with margarine
- 1/4 cup of Crunchy Cinnamon Fruit To Go Apple Chips
- 2 1/2 cups of broccoli and cauliflower with rancher’s choice fat free dressing

- 45 minutes on the recumbent bike
- 1 set of 5 minutes of weight lifting with 5 lbs per arm
- 4 sets of 30 stomach crunches (2 straight, 1 right, and 1 left)
- 2 sets of 10 lunges for each leg


  1. I think measurements are good, as we lose inches without even noticing.
    I measure every first of the month and I am very pleased with the numbers.

    best wishes


  2. I am so impressed with your cool picture, I look forward to more.

    I've been on a high rep, super-set style weight training program which I've found really changed my bod even though I didn't lose that much overall weight (only 5%).

  3. Awesome job with all of the activity!!

  4. The food and exercise are looking great! And taking measurements and updating photos is a good idea, too. I've lost 30.2 lbs so far as of this morning's weigh-in, so I think it's time for me to post a progress pic. :)

  5. Great job on your exercises! I'm also going to measure myself once a month to see inches lost. I will be still weighing in once a week. I need to see the weight loss to keep myself going. I know you are doing what best for yourself so keep on trucking on your way to a better you!!!

  6. I do it once a month and trust me you will see a difference!

  7. Glad I'm not alone in my line of thinking.

    Larkspur, I was just planning on wearing the same clothes and taking the photo in the same spot for an easy comparison, so I'm afraid you may be disapointed that there won't be any new creativity!