Saturday, May 15, 2010
Yay! Finally made it. It is just one stop on a longer journey, but these milestones feel so great. It has taken me 16.5 months to get here, and every thing I did was worth how healthy I feel right now.
**I should note, these new pics do not represent my decent photography skills!! But you'll get the gist...
As compared to me around my highest weight in the fall/winter of 2008:
I have way too many pictures of myself at this weight. It is funny, I never thought I looked that big when I was that size. Now I look at pictures like this and I ask, who was that person?
And as compared to me at an early point in my journey, having lost 25 pounds by March of 2009:
I have additional progress pics in my picture section on my spark page, please feel free to browse! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the positivity and support.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
...but still, I'm there!
189.6 this morning, which is also thiiiiissssssss close to my 75 pounds lost mark! Tomorrow might even do it - I can't wait to take my new set of comparison photos!!
Feeling really, really good about this. Especially after quite a bit of eating out with my new male acquaintance. I made some good choices though, so I think that my conscientiousness about my eating paid off.
In other news... I have hung out with my new friend everyday since Sunday. Getting to know each other has been very nice. Definitely, definitely, definitely enjoying this early start to summer.
Also: Got an A in my independent study for the semester. No other grades in just yet, but I'll keep y'all posted. I imagine that I got Bs in my other two classes, which is fine by me, given all that I went through this past couple of months. It is the experience and the learning, versus the grade, that is important to me.
Monday, May 10, 2010
We went to eat dinner at a local restaurant, and then saw the movie 'Kick-Ass' (which was good but so much more violent than I would have guessed - I thought it was a kid's movie!? Oops!!) Anyway, he (Hal) was very sweet and funny and cuddly, and just all around cute in my book. We seem to have quite a bit in common (including goals to live healthier lives, which is definitely awesome).
We confirmed our mutual interest in each other in a pleasantly nerdy way, so there will be more dates.
Including this AM - he is picking me up for brunch in like... 20 minutes. Kind of have some butterflies. They are nice though.
Good stuff. The only drawback! We hung out until 12:30 last night, and then I couldn't fall asleep AT ALL because of just feeling excited and thinking about the whole evening. I got up at 5AM and crossed a few things off the old to-do list. Work tonight should be... interesting...!
Friday, May 07, 2010
For all intents and purposes, I have my M.S.W.!!
I finished my field hours today, and, and, and, only a few odds and ends to wrap up (like my research assistantship, which doesn't impact my impending graduation).
Very excited! Also nervous, but feeling positive and thankful for the opportunity and the chance to grow as a person that this program afforded me.
(high fives all around)
Anyway! Anyway, anyway, anyway... I wanted to take a few minutes to think about my fitness plans for the rest of the month, which ultimately culminates in my 5.8 leg of the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon. Here it goes...
GOALS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY!!!!!!
1. Continue to strength train 2x per week (I have been sticking with this, remarkably!)
2. Run 4x per week - this is definitely kicking my training up a notch, but I am feeling fresh and ready for the challenge. I will definitely make sure to give myself a few recovery days before the race, so I have 3 weeks to really push myself to a new place with my running! I can do it!
3. Try TWO different fitness activities, for fun. I am thinking of trying a Forza class this week on Friday AM (after reading about BTVMADS love of this workout, I can't help but be intrigued!), and I will keep my eyes out for other opportunities.
4. Reach the 180's. My busy schedule (and the eating habits that formed around it, especially these last two weeks) has kept me at the same weight for two months now. I am READY!
I'll post these goals on my main sparkpage and update with an 'X' each time I accomplish one of these activities. Wish me luck!
Thursday, May 06, 2010
I finally got around to buying a new tape measure so that I could start taking measurements again! It has been since January or so, and I have been looking forward to this...
So, without further ado! The first number in the subtraction equation represents an initial measurement from 1/1/09 for my hips and waist or ~3/1/09 for my arms and thighs, and the second number represents my current measurement as of yesterday AM.
Waist: 53 - 40.5 = 12.5 inches lost
Hips: 55.25 - 44 = 11.25 inches lost
Arms: 14.5 - 11.75 = 2.75 inches lost on each upper arm
Thighs: 31 - 26 = 5 inches lost per upper thigh
(And I haven't been measuring my chest, but that has also decreased noticeably)
Total inches lost from these areas: 39.25! I have lost 73.6 pounds, so that is 1.875 pounds per inch lost!
That is pretty cool!
The average waist measurement for a woman in the U.S. is 37 inches, according to the CDC ( www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/bodymeas.ht
According to this site ( www.dietbites.com/size-average-woman
.html ), the average measurements for women (chest-waist-hips)in the U.S. are:
White women ages 18-25: 38-32-41
(Not sure what happened to 26 to 35 year old women, which is the category that I fall in!)
White women ages 36-45: 41-34-43
Black women on average: 43-37-46
Hispanic women on average: 42.5-36-44
Other women in America (mostly Asian): 41-35-43
So, I'm getting to average, slowly but surely. I'd like to be better than average, sure, someday, but average is a good goal for now!
Okay, time for lunch!
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