I am tightening my belt here. When life becomes busy it is very easy to go for speed and convenience when it comes to eating. Running around taking care of errands, appointments, and meetings makes it very tempting to grab take-out, and that adds up (calorie and moneywise) over a week, month, and year! At the same time you are more stressed and the motivation to exercise wanes.

Where has that gotten me? I got to my heaviest weight I have been since having kids. That was the weight I was at almost 5 years ago when I started to watch what I eat and exercise a lot! Disappointing? Hell yeah! Whose fault is it? Mine! I stress that to my kids about being upset over something they have done that there is no one to blame but themselves. I have excuses out the ass, but in the end I ate TOO MUCH and did TOO LITTLE activity.

The scale I say is evil, and I am sticking with that. A bad number on an off week or PMS week will make your mood spiral.  The love-hate part of this is I NEED to see an improvement. I like facts, data, and numbers.

I am watching what I eat, but not counting calories. I still have treats, but I try to really think if I truly am hungry or not. Also, swapping snacks like nuts for chips plus more salads and less take-out. I started exercising at least 30 minutes a day/6 days a week. That is now becoming more 30 minutes a day/4-5 days a week.

Let’s share some numbers.

To satisfy my number obsession I started with measuring key areas: Waist, Thigh, Bust, and Hips. I also took a starting picture (and no that will NOT be posted here). I keep these on my phone in Notes. I wanted to get on a schedule with measuring, but not do it too often. The watched pot never boils they say, and same goes for my waist shrinking.

Measurements (in inches)

January 6, 2015

Waist 43 1/2
Hips 45
Bust 44
Thigh 24 1/2

January 16, 2015

Waist 42 1/2
Hips 44 1/2
Bust 44
Thigh 24

January 30, 2015

Waist 42
Hips 43 3/4
Bust 43
Thigh 24

Numbers are dropping in the worst area: waist, but still need to do some work.  I don’t expect fast results, but steady improvement is what I hope for.

The scale you ask? Did I throw it away? No..even though it has crossed  my mind repeatedly. I will weigh, but only ONCE a month! Weekly weigh-ins can have too many things interfere with a loss (water weight gain, lazy week, injury, sickness, etc.). I figure a month would be a good amount of time to see a clearer picture.

Starting Weight is a little hazy. I jumped on the scale when I was trying to figure out the weight of our cat carrier, but distinctly remembering seeing 189 lbs. Was this in PJ’s or jeans and sweater?  I don’t know. I saw that number and jumped off…didn’t even try a second time! I think this was near the January 12th.

Weigh Ins (in pounds)

Weigh In #1  January 12, 2015  189 lbs.

Weigh In #2 January 31, 2015  183.8 lbs.

I was pretty happy with that. I didn’t feel like I was starving myself or sacrificing too  much.

I am not quite seeing the improvement in clothing I want. I was able to squeeze into my small jeans the other day, when I was desperate (they have a touch of spandex). I have another measuring this coming week. I don’t know how it will go. The last couple weekends I have eaten much worse than at first. I hope after the Girl Scout cookie booths we have schedule this week I will be more on track for rest of month before next time I step on the scale on the 28th.



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