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One Year

Monday, November 19, 2012

A year ago on 19th November 2011 with a different spark name I started an experiment of daily weighing. I start up a spreadsheet and nearly every day for the last 366 I have weighed myself and logged it.

My year probably reflects what happens with many people. I started off at 148.5lb and the start was good, I was losing weight and running further and further – then in December I injured myself. To be honest I can’t remember when I injured myself – my lowest weight was 143.6lb on 28th November.

So there I was injured – my Achilles tendon, strained but painful, and I couldn’t run, and diet has never been my strength, so I fell off the wagon for the nth time. Falling off the wagon meant I stopped sparking, and on 2nd January 2012 I weighed 149.2lb, but I was ‘fine’ with that, I was still under 11st (154lb) which was where I had been at the start of 2011, and I was injured, and Christmas had just happened (hear the justification going on). My weight continued to bob around going slightly week on week, until on 7th March 2012 I rejoined spark as I was far too embarrassed to relog on my previous account, my weight 152.2lb.

Even then I wasn’t really committed emotionally, I was tracking my food, but exercise was sporadic, and tracking isn’t the same as reducing the amount you eat emoticon. My weight peaked at 154.8lb on 30th May.

June and July were two of the most traumatic months I have had, and I wasn’t eating very much in June, which is probably the only reason why my weight didn’t go higher, and I was signed off with depression in July which is when I started hitting the gym again properly. emoticon

Life hasn’t been any easier, but thanks to engaging with Spark and Sparkfriends, thanks to joining BLC20 as a Rockin’ Rose Rangers I have my journey back on track, and my weight of 144.4lb means that in 1 year I have lost 4.1lb, but that is 10.4lb down from May, and I feel really confident that by the end of this year I will be in the 130’s.

A graph of the last year showing my journey, and demonstrating just how much weight oscillated day to day.

Finally some measurements:

November 2011
Biceps 11”/11”
Waist 30.5”
Belly Button 39.5”
Hips 38.5”
Thighs 20.25”/20.25”

November 2012
Biceps 11”/11.25”
Waist 30.125”
Belly Button 37”
Hips 37.5”
Thighs 21”/21”

Which says my core has shrunk, although my extremities are bigger (more muscular hopefully).

Have a great day.
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    Way to go!!
    1945 days ago
    emoticon you for keeping at it! Gees I'm a sook. Feel like crying because I think you are doing so great. I really do.

    I love your graph, sux of course that it wasn't just a nice line going down... lol, we all wish for that one!... but it has gone down. emoticon

    You up for BLC21 emoticon ?

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    1947 days ago
    I, too, did the same thing. When I started in April of 2011, I was 155 lbs. I worked out, but I wasn't committed. I ended up quitting. When I decided to try again in June 2012, I gained 16 lbs! It was tough, but now, it feels good to be back on track. I'm proud of you for choosing to get back in the saddle! Way to go on the weight loss so far! It'll take time to get where you want to be, but it'll be worth it! emoticon
    1948 days ago
    That is so great keep up the hard work and dedication. I know you will be where you want to go.

    1948 days ago
    That is awesome! What a journey you've been on! I might try this myself.
    1948 days ago
    Wow, sounds like you are back on track. Way to go with tracking daily and being so determined!
    1948 days ago
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