Weight: 161.2 - 12/28/2012 (164.4 - 10/20/2012, 167* - 9/28/2012, 162 - 8/29/2012, 165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -36.8 lbs
So close to getting to the 150s! (I'm thinking I'd like to settle in around 150-155.) As you can see, I've been stuck in the 160s since JUNE! Sheesh! Honestly, though, I am pretty okay with where I am now. I'd like there to be less jiggle here, more toning there, but overall this is the happiest I've been with my body. . . ever, really. Eating right and exercising plays a major role in that. How can you not feel better about yourself physically when you're treating yourself right?
Waist: 28.25 - 12/28/2012 (28.75 - 10/29/2012, 29 - 9/28/2012, 29.25 - 8/29/2012, 29.75 - 7/20/2012, 30.5 - 6/21/2012, 30.5 - 6/12/2012, 30.5 - 5/22/2012, 31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = -5.75 inches
Hips: 39.75 (40 - 10/29/2012, 40.5 - 9/28/2012, 40.75 - 8/29/2012, 41 - 7/20/2012, 42 - 6/21/2012, 42.5 6/12/2012, 43 - 5/22/2012, 44 - 4/23/12, 44 - 4/11/2012, 45.25 - 3/26/2012, 46 - 3/12/2012) -6.25 inches
Thigh: 24.75 - 10/29/2012 (25 - 9/28/2012, 25 - 8/29/2012, 25.5 - 7/20/2012, 26 - 6/21/2012, 26.5 - 5/22/2012, 27.25 4/11/12, 28 - 3/12/2012) -3.25
I think it's interesting that for nearly 40 pounds lost, I've only lost barely over 3 inches off my thigh. You can tell where I hold my weight, eh?
Calf: 15 - 10/29/2012 (15.5 - 9/28/2012 (15.5 - 8/29/2012, 15.75 - 7/20/2012, 15.75 - 6/21/2012, 16 - 5/22/2012, 16 - 4/11/2012, 15.75 - 3/12/2012) -.75
This, too, is interesting to me. Less than an inch of change in almost 37 pounds lost. Even so, my winter boots now zip up easier than they did last year, so no complaining!
Upper Arm: 11.75 - 12/28/2012 (12 - 9/28/2012, 12.25 - 8/29/2012, 12.5 - 7/20/2012, 12.5 - 6/21/2012 (13 - 5/22/12, 13 - 4/11/2012, 13.75 - 3/12/2012) -2
Not a lot of change measurement-wise, but they do look much better. Jillian, all those planks and push-ups are paying off!
Hip-to-waist ratio: .7 - 12/28/2012 (.73 - 9/28/2012, .71 - 8/29/2012, .73 - 7/20/2012, .71 - 6/12/2012, .70 - 5/22/2012, .70 - 4/23/12, .73 - 4/11/2012, 0.73 - 3/26/2012, 0.74 3/12/2012)
Supposedly, having a hip-to-waist ratio under .8 (for women, anyway) means you're at a lower risk for heart disease. I was nearly obese when it measured .74 and I have a family history of heart disease! Needless to say, I don't hold a lot of stock in that, but again, the numbers, they're interesting to me.
Total inches lost as of 12/28/2012: 18 (10/29/2012: 17, 9/28/2012: 15.5, 8.29/2012: 14.75, 7/20/2012: 13, 6/21/2012: 10.75, 6/12/2012: 9.25, 5/22/2012: 8.75, 4/23/2012: 6.25)
*Switched scales 9/28/2012. This one says 3-5 pounds heavier than the one I was using as my "official" weigh in scale.
So, that's that. 18 inches down, 36.8 pounds lost. It will be especially interesting to me to see where I'm at in late January and March, since last January was when I stepped on the scale and knew I had to do something, and last March is when I started exercising regularly.
Still no diet soda (or regular soda, for that matter). Today means it's been two and a half months since I decided to give it up. I'm starting to mind less. Those cravings in the beginning sucked, though! I managed to get through Christmas without thinking about it much. I usually suck up a can or two at my granny's house. This year, I stuck to water and was just fine. Just one step closer to having a cleaner diet.
I was given a Target gift card, so yesterday I picked up two long-sleeved compression shirts (on clearance! Whoo!). I hope they help keep me cozy while running in the frigid outdoors. I also bought Jillian Michael's "Killer Abs" dvd. The library doesn't have it and I've been wanting to check it out since it was released. Some people said it's not hard enough and doesn't get their heart rate up as much, but if that's the case, maybe it would be good for lighter days. We'll see. I like variety.
On another Christmas related note, I made truffles! I found a vegan recipe that uses dairy free chocolate chips (which I didn't use because they're hideously expensive and I'm not actually vegan, I just like experimenting with vegan cooking) and for the interior goodness, the recipe called for canned coconut milk instead of heavy cream (I did use the coconut milk). They turned out delicious and I used the rest of the can of coconut milk in the mashed sweet potatoes, so none was wasted. Okay, so truffles aren't healthy, I know, but I thought it was neat that coconut milk worked so well. Who knew?
More running. I've decided instead of really focusing on going further, for now I'm going to work on becoming comfortable with 6-7 miles. That's a good distance and something to be proud of. For the last two weeks or so, I've been running on the road which is new to me. I'd only done that a handful of times since I started running in April. It's okay, but I miss seeing wildlife at the park. (One day I turned a corner and almost ran into a buck, but aside from that. . . !)
I need to wear heavier/better quality pants, though. Oooph. My legs get COLD and it really sucks. Besides, ya know, I'd rather not get hypothermia. While I'm out there, most of the time I'm pretty warm (aside from my legs when I get hit by the wind the wrong way!) but then I come inside and shiver like crazy for a while. That can't be good. I really need to get some warmer pants, but they all look so expensive. Ooph.
Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate it and that you all have a great New Year!
Edit: Oh! Something else I wanted to bring up was that I've been cooking a lot of chilis and stews in the last month or two and freezing portions for later. This has helped SO much. If all I have to do is defrost a meal, it's much easier to keep eating healthy versus reaching for unhealthy junk. I've been cooking a lot of the recipes in the book "Bean by Bean: More Than 170 Recipes For Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans, Even Sweet Beans!" by Crescent Dragonwagon. There are a ton of delicious and healthy (!!!) recipes in there, so if you like beans or have a bag in your pantry that you don't know what to do with, I'm sure you could find a good recipe. It's an excellent book.