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Making the Cut GRADUATE! :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

WOOHOO!! :) I did it!! 30 days and it's kind of zoomed by now that I'm at the end. Well -- I did the whole, measure and take pictures before and after. And while the pictures are not fit for public consumption -- I can see a difference! :) Luckily, measurements are just numbers so they're easier to share. ;) hehehe.

_____BEFORE MTC____AFTER MTC___ Difference:
Bust:. . . . . 38.5. . . . . . . . . . . . 37.5. . . . . . . . . . -1"
Chest:. . . .34.5. . . . . . . . . . . . .33.5. . . . . . . . . . -1"
Waist:. . . . .33. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.5. . . . . . . . . .-0.5"
Hips:. . . . . . 44. . . . . . . . . . . . .42.5. . . . . . . . . . . -1.5"
Thighs:. . . .24.25. . . . . . . . . . . .23. . . . . . . . . .-1.25"
Biceps:. . . . 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11. . . . . . . . . . . . .-1"
Weight:. . . .186. . . . . . . . . . . .181.4. . . . . . . . . .-4.6lbs
Body Fat:. . .26.5%. . . . . . . . . .24.7%. . . . . . . . .-1.8%

Those numbers are pretty awesome, eh??? :D

I was also FINALLY wanting to post my OVERALL before and afters since I've never done that.

_____STARTING SP_____ NOW_______Difference:
Waist:. . . . .44. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.5. . . . . . . . . . . -11.5"
Hips:. . . . . 56.5. . . . . . . . . . . .42.5. . . . . . . . . . . -14"
Neck:. . . . . .15. . . . . . . . . . . . .12.75. . . . . . . . . . .-2.25"
Weight:. . .290. . . . . . . . . . . .181.4. . . . . . . . . .-108.6lbs

CAN YOU BELIEVE my HIPS are now smaller than my WAIST USED to be?!?!?!? WOAH!!!!!!!!!! :D That is mind boggling to me. :D

I started recording a few other measurements later, although I'm not sure when... so here are those.

_____SOMETIME?_____ NOW_____Difference:
Bust:. . . . .44. . . . . . . . . . . . 37.5. . . . . . . . .-6.5"
Thighs:. . .28. . . . . . . . . . . . 23. . . . . . . . . . .-5"
Calves:. . .16.5. . . . . . . . . . 15. . . . . . . . . . .-1.5"
Biceps:. . . .13. . . . . . . . . . . .11. . . . . . . . . . . .-2"

Now, I don't really know when I started measuring this stuff, but 1" of that bicep loss came during Making the Cut and that is a HUGE deal because my arms have been my least favorite part of my whole weight loss transformation so far, and now I've done something that actually shrunk them!!!! :) I feel much more confident about my arms now.

But those numbers from the start to current on hips and waist are the most amazing to me. I lost about a FOOT from my waist and over that from my hips. I wish I had taken some of the other measurements from the beginning -- especially body fat %. I know it would have been scary back then, but to be able to see the change in that number would be amazing. I can say that when I started measuring body fat % I was at about 29.1%, and now I'm below 25%. :D WOOHOO!!! :D I'm getting closer to my 23% goal.

I have also found out through the calculations at gripiron that since I've started measuring body fat % I've lost 12.5lbs of FAT, and lost only 3.1lbs of lean tissue. When I started gripiron my goal was to lose 10lbs of fat and 3lbs of lean tissue, so I think I did a little better than that. :D WOOHOO!!!!

  
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BMSALYER 3/28/2008 11:50AM

    Absolutely Incredible! Way to go!

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**PRICELESS** 3/27/2008 10:07PM

    You totally ROCK!!!!!
Just want you to know you are a total inspiration! Keep up the Great work!!!

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MARLIE13 3/27/2008 7:42PM

    Holy Freakin' Heck! You're such a rockstar!

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LOBO1978_2000 3/27/2008 11:22AM

    Great numbers. Looking good.

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MRS.SORENSEN 3/27/2008 12:53AM

    Oh wow! How inspiring! You must feel great! I'm gonna look into the MTC book, I've been reading so many wonderful things!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/26/2008 8:55PM

    welcome to the mtc alumni! way to go!

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CATIATM 3/26/2008 8:51PM

    You rock!

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MISS_BETH12 3/26/2008 8:15PM

    Thank you for sharing your measurements! They are incredible! Keep up the awesome work! I can't wait till I have measurements like those. :)

*Bethie*

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RRTSMOM 3/26/2008 7:22PM

    thats awesome!!!! i soo cant wait to see my results like yours...sooner or later hehe....wtg

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TEXASTITCHER 3/26/2008 6:21PM

    Congratulations. That is great and thanks for being an inspiration.

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LILBITFIT 3/26/2008 6:05PM

    IMPRESSIVE!!!

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MILLER32807 3/26/2008 12:46PM

    WOW, you have done an amazingly, awesome job. I can't believe how much you have changed. You have so much to be proud of.

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 3/26/2008 12:07PM

    Oh, well done! What a huge amount of progress! It's amazing to look at those numbers and see just how far you've come. Graet job!

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AKASHA66 3/26/2008 12:01PM

    This is all great! Very impressive. I just got out the tape and measured off how much you lost from waist and hips--just amazing!!!

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BRUIN2 3/26/2008 11:53AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Y
ou did famously!!!! (Yes, apparently I've turned into an old woman and I now use words like "famously").

YAY for YOU!!!

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LANC92 3/26/2008 11:49AM

    FANTASTIC!

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SKINNYSOON13 3/26/2008 11:48AM

    Dana, that is so awesome! That's why measurements are soooooo important!

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Pike Crunches

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

So yeah... I'm definitely feeling those today!!! I guess I didn't move enough to notice it when I blogged earlier this morning yet (it was soooo early), but my abs are REALLY SORE! :D And I get to do 20 more again today I think. WOOHOO! HAHAHAHA.

  
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SKINNYSOON13 3/26/2008 11:44AM

    There's something "sick and wrong" in my head that when you mentioned jackknife crunches, I wanted to go do some!!!! SERIOUSLY! haha I think I love those! :-) DARN about missing your blog yesterday - I probably would have really enjoyed that story! :-)

OK, off to make MY abs scream! :-)

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TURTLE_MOM 3/25/2008 8:12PM

    you are so awesome. i'm still doing the basic crunches and they hurt like crazy!

:)

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CMM339 3/25/2008 4:43PM

    Don't you love how the Abs can scream about you. My trainer makes me do those and they kill my stomach but it's worth it in the end.

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 3/25/2008 3:30PM

    But just think of how good you're looking! All that pain is totally worth it, and more power to you for working through it!!

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NATURALLYME126 3/25/2008 3:00PM

    Now you have me ready to look up jackknife crunches on here! I am such a crunch addict! lol.

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LOBO1978_2000 3/25/2008 2:31PM

    Crunch those abs..Yay!!

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Blah.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My workout went fine last night -- I ACTUALLY DID SOME PIKE CRUNCHES!!! IT WAS AWESOME!!! :D (Jackknife Crunches on here I think...)

EDITED TO REMOVE WHINY SELF INDUCED GUILT-TRIP ABOUT NOT TIPPING MY HAIRCUTTING LADY. I didn't like it, she was nice but did a poor job, I'm not feeling guilty for not being overly generous when the service didn't qualify for a tip in my opnion. DONE. MOVING ON. Thanks for the comments of those who saw this before I changed it. :)

Went up 1lb from my ticker weight, but I got no sleep last night practically, and I'm doing a big WEIGH and MEASURE thing tomorrow morning for the end of Making the Cut, so I'm gonna wait and see how that comes out before moving my ticker. I think I'm gradually changing my official weigh-in day to Wednesday mentally, because I have to wake up SO early on Mon-Tues that I feel like I'm cheated those mornings in the sleep department, thus giving me screwy weigh-ins. OK. ENDING THE DOOM AND GLOOM. Give me some cheer!

  
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MISS_BETH12 3/25/2008 10:20AM

    I think if you weren't satisfied, you shouldn't tip. I believe it is actually more offensive to leave a very small tip than no tip. I could be wrong on that though. Well either way, I wouldn't feel bad if you were THAT dissatisfied with it. I'm really sorry you went though that. To me, nothing is worse than a bad haircut. Could you go back and ask them to fix it? A lot of places do that free of charge. It's an idea anyway.

I wouldn't worry about the weight yet. Give it a couple days when you can get a good night's rest. I'm still dealing with Easter bloat myself. I worked until 5 that day so we went out to eat.

Let us know how things are going!

*Bethie*

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CATIATM 3/25/2008 9:57AM

    Hmm ... I'm ambivalent about tipping. Hairdressers, waitstaff, etc. expect tips. In fact, they're paid less, meaning your haircut is priced lower, because they anticipate client tipping. But a tip .... is still a show of appreciation. And if you didn't appreciate it, then maybe not tipping is good. Here's the thing: were you displeased because she didn't give you what you told her, or are you displeased because she didn't read your mind? If you were clear, and she whiffed it, then don't tip. If you were unclear/unrealisitc about what you wanted, then it was kind of mean to not tip.

Can you tell I've worked in the service industry? ;-p

Give it a few days. I got my hair cut last week. It went from below the shoulder to scary short, and it wasn't quite what I wanted. But after a few days, my hair is settling in, and I'm getting used to it. I might even go back to her. So hopefully, you'll feel the same way by the weekend.

((hugs))

Comment edited on: 3/25/2008 9:56:45 AM

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BRUIN2 3/25/2008 9:56AM

    Grrr, haircuts. Don't feel bad about not tipping - you won't go back to her anyways... Sometimes it's just so akward to tip that I don't - I probably would be more of a stickler about tipping if I had ever worked in a job that relied on it, but alas, I worked in retail through university so I never grew accustomed to tipping.

Do your weigh in and measurements when you're feeling good!!! I did measurements last night, and still had "The Easter Bloat" as my hubby so lovingly referred to it. I was not a happy camper. So we're going to do the measurements again in a few days when I'm hopefully back to normal...

Oh, but you asked for some cheer....

Soooo.... How about a knock knock joke?

Knock, knock?

Who's there?

Chesterfield.


Chesterfiled who?

Chester field my leg so I slapped him.


hehehe. No one seems to think that joke is funny, but it makes me chuckle every time....

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My Weekend. :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

It was fun. We watched movies, played video games....

Also on Saturday is was SOOOOOOO gorgeous outside. We went and walked around downtown for quite a while -- intending to try this restaurant, but it had an odd different selection for "Brunch" on Saturday at the time we went, so decided to go at a more normal hour.

Found two places we want to go back too -- this adorable German Bakery/Cafe and this other cafe. Anyway. It was fun, lots of walking, but purely recreational walking. :) It was nice!! Did some shopping. Got new clothes for the hubby. He's stopped trying to lose weight at the moment, but he's maintained at least 45lbs of what he lost when he was working out, so he's only gained back about 5-6lbs and so his pants were still too big, and we accidentally ruined some of his T-Shirts into shrunkenville. So anyway -- we were looking at T-Shirts at target and there were a couple that would look TOO cute on me, so he insisted we get them for me. ;) I also got some new workout pants - YEAH! :D (mine were definitely falling off when I would jump or run) And a nice light jacket.

I searched for a bathing suit, but I have such a dilemma. I really need to shop where they have long torso bathing suits, but I was trying to see what I could find on the cheap. I found this suit I LOVED at Old Navy, but it was too short... just no way to make it work. :( And they didn't have any tankinis in the right sizes. Same at Target -- no tankinis I liked in the right sizes. Sooooooooooo.............. I gotta still look. I also need to make an appointment to get my hair cut again. It is just getting on my nerves now, and I'm not ready to grow it out, so it's definitely due for a trim.

Ummmmm....... yeah. So anyway, we had a good time. Definitely way too lazy on Sunday. :P And now I'm just waiting for my day to be over so I can go to the gym and do next to last day of Making the Cut! :D

P.S. -- My sweet/wonderful/fantastic/amazing MIL joined SP! :) So go say hi! She is PITTIEKISSES. :D

  
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AKASHA66 3/25/2008 3:37AM

    Swimsuit shopping, always a downer!

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SKINNYSOON13 3/24/2008 10:41PM

    Too bad those "shades" or whatever there called swimsuits are so expensive! They are supposed to be GREAT for long torso'd people. Swimsuits are ALWAYS a pain. But at least the rest of your day was great! :-)

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MARLIE13 3/24/2008 7:11PM

    No luck for me either on swimsuits. Your weekend sounded great. Good for you! I love finding new little favorite places.

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BRUIN2 3/24/2008 1:42PM

    YAY - now you can do your rock star jumps without fear of "rock star with pants around her ankles" syndrome.

Teehee.

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TURTLE_MOM 3/24/2008 1:32PM

    Swimsuits are so frustrating! My daughter is about 5'11" and a really long torso. I found one, but have to sew the neckline up a bit because it's way too low cut!

Glad you had a good weekend!

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CATIATM 3/24/2008 1:31PM

    I am so looking forward to looking forward to shopping! Enjoy it - you've earned it!

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Today's BLOG.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Well I've been blogging everyday, why stop now?!? :)

HAHAHA. OH FRIDAY!! I LOVE YOU!!!

On Friday I get off at 8PM instead of 10PM. WOOHOO!!! So I get to start shutting this place down in about 5 minutes.

I have no obligations this weekend. Other than church on Sunday morning. :D It is a VERY EXCITING feeling. HAHAHA! I don't even have any scheduled workouts. I might do something tomorrow anyway, though. Or maybe just something fun, like a walk with my DH. Maybe I can go shop for a swimsuit!!!! Anyway, it's a nice feeling.

Have a GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!!! :D

  
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AKASHA66 3/22/2008 3:46AM

    Have a good weekend--

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CAROL_HOORAH 3/21/2008 11:31PM

    have a great weekend and a happy easter!!!!!!!!

Look our weights are neck and neck!!!!!!!! LOL

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KIMCATUS 3/21/2008 9:24PM

    Oh weekends like that are great!!! Enjoy!! Go out and have some fun...

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MISS_BETH12 3/21/2008 9:06PM

    Those weekends are awesome! :D Enjoy it!

Thanks for commenting on my blog. It helps to reaffirm what I'm doing, you know? Thanks again!

*Bethie*

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