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7 pounds in 7 weeks

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I've been back on track for 55 days now. (I started tracking again on January 5, 2012.) Though there is nothing significant about 55 days (Doesn't a normal person wait until 60?) it felt like a good day for a check in.

Let's face it. Measurements and clothing aside, we all like to see the scale move. It's frustrating that, after years of success in the past, week after week, I haven't been noticing a lot of progress in that area. In the last three weeks, I've lost less than 2 pounds. Annoying! However, I did just figure out that since my first weigh-in since I became active again on SP on 1/11 (153.3) I've lost 6.9 pounds. Today (2/29) I'm at 146.4. So, that's 7 pounds in 7 weeks, a disproportionate amount of it in the first week. Much as I REALLY want to see the 126 I was the day I met Clinton Kelley, it's not reasonable to ask for more than a pound a week. In all honesty, I want the 2 pounds/week maximum healthy weight loss, but I know better. I have to be OK with the average I'm seeing. (How many times have I counciled people to be happy with .5/week? Hypocrite!) The psycological challenge of my current weight is that I'm still .8lbs HEAVIER than I was 1 week after I gave birth to Jocelyn. That means I still haven't reached the point that I basically managed to maintain during my pregnancy. Yes, I know you have to let go of the past, start with where you are today, and move foreward. But we all know it's hard. From August 2008-2010 just before I hurt my back, I never went above 135. IF I could loose a pound a week, I could get there by May 16. My birthday is almost 14 weeks away (June 4). It would mean a lot to me if I could hit 135 by my birthday. Of course, if it's going to be more like .5 lb/week, I'd just be out of the 140s by then. That wouldn't exactly THRILL me, but it would feel BETTER.

Of course, measurements and clothing are the important parts. I'm fitting back into a lot of clothes these days, though zipping and should actually wear out are different. ;) I am seeing progress, but I have a long ways to go.
Here are my measurement updates:
I've lost 1.5 inches off my upper thigh, 1 inch of it this month. (2 inches to go until I'm back to where I was)
2.5 inches off my belly button area, all in Januray. (1.5 inches to go until I'm back to where I was)
3 inches off my waist, .25 inch this month. (1 inch to go until I'm back to where I was)
3 inches off my hips, 1.75 inches this month. (3 inches to go until I'm back to where I was)

FIWW, my scale, which isn't super accurate, says I've lost 3.7% bodyfat. (about 3.3% to go until I'm back to where I was)

I'm also amazed with the development of my muscles since p90x. For instance, my upper arm measurement has barely changed, but what was fat is now bicep. I'm enjoying my new muscles immensly. LOL (Love, love, love P90x!)
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  • BANDMOM2012
    It does sound like you are progressing well emoticon
    2239 days ago
    It sounds like you're very knowledgeable about what's happening with your body, what's healthy, and what's realistic. I totally get it that on one level you want to be seeing faster progress. Keep up the great work and you will get there eventually!
    2240 days ago
    Although the numbers on the scale aren't what you want to see, it sounds like you are seeing a lot of progress in other areas! Muscles are fantastic, aren't they? I've lost a lot in the first month and I know those numbers are going to slow down drastically, so I'm preparing myself mentally for that. Just keep on doing what you're doing and by the time your birthday rolls around, you'll be glad you stuck with it!

    2240 days ago
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