Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I am a part of a fabulous Spark Team that is about to start a Summer Challenge. To get the ball rolling and get us focused on our goals for the next 10 weeks, we were asked to blog our "before" pics along with our measurements. Then we'll do the same at the end of the challenge to showcase our results. Ya know, some accountability and focus.
I have went back and forth and back and forth about this blog. Sometimes I'm gung ho and see it as a necessary part of the process and the push I need to get myself refocused. Sometimes I think there is no way on Earth I'm sharing this information. I have been analyzing why I don't want to share it to see if I have a valid reason.
Part of it is embarassment and disappointment of having not accomplished more as long as I've been a part of Spark. Part of it is worry about what negative things people will think and say. And part of it is exposing a part of me that's never been seen by my Spark Friends. Yes, I do have a weight tracker and a few pictures on my page so it's not like it's a complete surprise to anyone. But I've never put it out there as the focus.
Today I'm putting it out there because I need to share, deal with it and improve. I've been in a bit of rut lately and maybe this will be the push that gets me back in the game 100%.
I had my son take these "before" pics on Saturday, June 1st (my 40th birthday but that's a topic for a different blog).
Neck = 17"
Upper Arm = 17.25"
Calf = 20"
Waist = 54.75"
Hips = 65"
Bust = 48"
Thigh = 35.5"
The good news with these numbers is that I have lost 12 inches overall since the last time I took measurements. Plus I'm very fortunate that I don't let "my size" stop me from too much. I do things with my kids, take care of my house and two weekends ago walked 10 miles during a two-day shopping trip with my best friend. Never once did I have to ask to take a break or stop. Maybe because I've been overweight my entire life I'm more used to the weight than someone who was once thin. I dunno. Maybe it's a little bit of mind over matter because I think I'm thinner than I am.
And here's a pic of why I will not quit.
Now it's time to ROCK this challenge with my Dazzling Diamonds and work toward some amazing "after" pics.