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12-30-12 - Fit by 40 Week 21

Monday, December 31, 2012

Weight - 270 lbs - change of 13 lbs (70 lbs total)
Stomach - 49" - change of 1"
Waist - 44 inches - change of 1"
Thigh - 27.5 inches - change of 1"
Arm - 15 inches - change of .5"
Neck - 16.5 inches - change of .5"

I am now down 70 lbs since starting my Fit By 40 program on August 12th of this year. That means that 5 months ago I had the rough equivalent of carrying my 10 year old daughter around with me everywhere I went.

I was able to use the body fat calculator at the gym today, and it didn't go all haywire from me being so obese. As a result, I am better able to gauge what my fitness goal should be. I am now shooting for a goal weight of 215 lb. (as opposed to an original goal of 185 lbs). That should put me around the 15% body fat stage based on my current muscle mass. That will most likely change as I continue to loose more weight and put on more muscle, but for now that will be a good goal to shoot for. That means I still have 55 lbs to lose, but will start the New Year well over the halfway point, and on my way to being at my ideal weight!

Over Christmas I had a couple of blow out days in which I over ate by extremes. Especially in consuming sweets. It was funny that I downed them like I had in the past, but I didn't get the same joy out of them that I once had. While I still love sweets, I see that they don't have the hold and allure that they once possessed. The biggest difference between this holiday season and previous ones is that I didn't let a few slip ups throw me completely off track. In the past I might have thought to myself that I had messed up my diet, and go completely off of the wagon as a result. This year, I did better the next meal or the next day, went right back to exercising and eating healthy, and it showed. I was still able to lose several pounds even with my indiscretions.

I forgot to take my monthly picture. I actually need to buy a smaller size of undershirts as the ones that I have been wearing for the past 5 months are now ridiculously loose and won't shw my change in mass quite as well. I tried on some old clothes from 2 years ago (the last time I was losing weight) and was able to fit into an old XL shirt and pair of 38 shorts. That means, for the first time in 2 + years, I can buy off the rack! No more shopping in the big and tall section! No more ordering offline to find bigger sizes! No more paying $2 extra per garment! It is time to start buying a new wardrobe. I am hesitant about buying a bunch of stuff with me still losing, and have to completely buy again in another 5 months. I may end up getting some stuff at second hand stores for right now, and save my money for the end goal shopping.

More than ever I am realizing that this is not just a diet. It is a lifestyle change, and one that I feel like I can continue on in order to maintain once I do reach my end goal. I have not been denying myself some of my favorites, but have steered away from overeating at home, from eating full portions at restaurants and away from buffets altogether.

I bought some new running shoes and shoe inserts over the weekend, and started a Couch to 5k running program today. I skipped the first week of the program altogether after having been able to run a mile straight on a treadmill back on the 20th. This was the first continuous mile I have run in about 12 years! I hope to be done with the program at the end of February. I am currently running indoors on a treadmill with an incline of 3. I have read that you need to increase the incline as to better simulate resistance from outdoor running. Yes, I know it is not the same, but this will help to save my shins and lower back as I run with the extra weight I have on now. Since I am lowering the amount of cardio I am doing, but increasing the level of performance, I am also increasing the amount of weight training I am doing. We'll see how this change effects my overall fitness and weight loss into this next month.

Best of luck to others on the journey to a healthier you!
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