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:
Upper Arm 17
Waist 49 (Yes, I am definitely an 'apple')
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:
Upper Arm 13.25
Waist 39.5 (Yes, I am still definitely an 'apple')
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!