Friday, April 12, 2013
I have been avoiding measuring myself. I've lost only 7 lbs. and my reflection looks the same in the bathroom mirror. Two or three pairs of my pants fit the same, but I am also able to wear several pair I could not a couple months ago without embarrassment.
I'm one of those people who considers many, many shades of gray rather than just black and white. It will be a good trait for me to have as a healthcare provider, because I won't just guess what's wrong, scribble prescriptions and rush you out the door. It's problematic when I'm thinking about ME because I ruminate so long on the diagnosis I'm overwhelmed by the time I start thinking about the cure! So instead of just getting out the measuring tape, I've been berating myself for all those times I could have squeezed in a few more steps, bypassed peanut cookies and not tasted the dinner seventeen times just to make sure it was really yummy. (Did I mention I used to cook professionally? So we eat Greek one night, French the next, Japanese the night after that... I find it very hard to not overeat. The LEAST I could do is not snack on peanut cookies!)
Finally today, 2 months after starting Spark, I measured myself, expecting to see little or no improvement. My waist is one inch smaller. Individually, my thighs measure the same as they did in February. HOWEVER, I've lost 4 inches off my hips! I took the measurement low, at the saddlebag area, which aren't technically hips, but are my widest spot. And that's apparently where I've lost it. Can't see too low in the bathroom mirror, so I wasn't getting that reinforcement when I looked in the mirror. Also, the "relaxed fit" pants I've gotten in the habit of buying weren't telling me I'd made any progress.
I guess I've done better than I thought!
Now what would my thighs be like if I had really bypassed those peanut cookies...?