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Curious measurement change... but I'll take it!

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...?
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    I just got lab test results back - and have some skewed kidney readings. That 4 inches was probably NOT 4 inches of fat. Probably one inch of fat plus water. Sometimes my ankles swell, too. No surprise. Kidney disease runs in the family. So before anyone thinks I discovered some miracle exercise or got lucky or something... or lied... or before I lose any more time wondering how bonkers I could have been not noticing 4 inches of fat gone...

    I probably only lost an inch of fat off my saddlebags, like the inch off my waist. I do feel a little firmer in both places. A realistic inch decrease in the saddlebags is still better than an inch or two increase.
    1774 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2013 11:27:07 AM
    Eventually, you'll arrive at the day when those pants are so saggy and baggy that they fall off. Literally. Fall down.

    It's a wonderful day when that happens!
    1777 days ago
    Take those seven pounds and those inches and run, never looking back. All the pieces will fall into place. Your main concern is what you put in and how you work it out.

    Now that I'm working to reverse my hideous weight gain of the past two years, I look forward to my underwear no longer hurting.
    1777 days ago
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