B2S1: A year in review....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hello, dear friends!

Man, it has been a good year overall. I really can't remember thinking that in the last decade before now. I always feel there could have been more that I could have accomplished but I have learned to be happy with what has actually transpired, too!

I started last year on 2/28/10 weighing 285 pounds; 53% body fat. Here are the starting measurements:
Bust 55
Back 50
Upper Arm 17
Waist 49 (Yes, I am definitely an 'apple')
Hips 54
Thighs 30.75

Also, I could not put my shoes on without using the stairs and getting a headache from not being able to breathe while doing it. My 'dress size' was 28 (or more); 4X. I switched to T's and sweats so I lost track! My arms felt like they were permanently 'sticking out' (like the Michelin Man'. My skin was sallow/dry/wrinkled, etc. I stopped dying my hair because I figured 'what on earth was the point?'. My joint pain and blood sugar were out of control largely due to a combination of poor nutrition and lack of motion. I was unemployed with zero prospects and had been for nearly 4 years....and I was having a really hard time trying to come up with reasons to 'stick around' (Thank God for my cat!).

Well, I am still overweight, probably even obese , but I am feeling so much better.....

I have no trouble putting my shoes on AND breathing at the same time and I don't need the stairs to do it anymore, either! My skin is looking much better, too. I think I now look closer to my age rather than a few decades older! My joints are not aching nearly as badly (go Omega's!!) and I have lost 75 pounds! Today I weigh in at 209.5; 39% body fat.

Also, I am having some fun with my hair and trying new bits of color and changing cuts. I never had the guts to do that before! I believe I am in the 18/20 dress size range now.....18 on the bottom (if the waist is not pinched!); more of a 20 on the top. Soon I will be able to shop in a regular store rather than having to order things online.

Svelt? Certainly not but working my way down to an 'acceptable' size for me! Here are the current measurements:
Bust 46.5
Back 40
Upper Arm 13.25
Waist 39.5 (Yes, I am still definitely an 'apple')
Hips 46
Thighs 26

I also finally got a job and I am really happy about that. I am not the kind of person that does very well without a 'place to be' regularly. I get so much more done when I DO have time constraints! Although it has changed things, and it is presenting a challenge to my exercise schedule and time with the cat (!! poor fellow!!) but I am working it out.

So now I begin Year2 with all of you and I am REALLY looking forward to it! By the end of the year I plan to release 80 more pounds and then, I will work on keeping it all off!! ;)

Thanks you guys!

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  • LINZEE118
    I loved this blog. I always told you that you are my source of encouragement! Where to start! First and foremost congrats on your year anniversary. I agree with Monty that you should be EXTREMELY proud for all your accomplishments! Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try! You have worked very hard to get to the point you are at now! I'm glad your new job is going good. I can relate to you perfectly. When I'm under constraint I do MUCH BETTER! I was on a month hiatus. Lucky it only lasted a month. I'm biggest regret is that if I didn't take that hiatus I would have definitely be at my half way point. Live and learn. I am back on track now. I've jointed the winter 1 challenge and I'm on the firecracker team. I'm sure they will be happy I'm back on track. They are a really nice group. Allot of encouragement on that team. If I didn't join I would still be on a hiatus. I see the scale is going down. Do you realize that you are almost entering "Onderland" That is one of my biggest goals that I'm focused on. Hope to be their by mid-May at the latest. Question that has been bothering me. How is your little fellow doing? (Cat) What is his, her name and is it a boy or girl? Has he, or she adjusted to your work schedule yet? Please take care and KEEP IN TOUCH!!! Linda emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2424 days ago
    Wow!!!! You've had quite a year!!!

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments so far. I know that you will meet your goal for the coming year. We will do this together!!!!

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    2426 days ago
    Fantastic! You are an inspiration for me. I only began on Jan 17th this year, but I look forward to posting my One Year results also. I hope they are as great as yours!

    2426 days ago
  • MONTY68
    What a awesome blog. Look at you, those new numbers tell it all. If you are not, you should be very proud of yourself. Congratulations. I know that you have gone through a lot of struggles this past year, but in spite of that you have shown such a great progress.
    Now, you are working, I feel it will be a positive in your life, some adjustments will be necessary but I feel That the next year will have awesome results.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    2426 days ago
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