08/12/12 - Fit by 40 begins

Sunday, August 12, 2012

So today I officially start my Fit by 40 challenge. In the days leading up to today I have splurged a little to get it out of my system. Yesterday was my first full day to track calories. It was also my first full day without sodas. Based on any given day I have saved myself somewhere between 600 and 1000 calories just there.

I am incredibly embarrassed at how big I have become. I am 10 lbs heavier than the last time I chose to lose weight. I feel like this time, if I keep a blog, and post my pictures on Spark People and Facebook that I am more likely to keep myself accountable to my goals.

I posted my first pictures on to Facebook this morning. I cringe looking at them! I realize that I have spent far too long looking past my weight issues, and using clothing to try to cover up just how heavy I have become.

Today's measurements were as follows:

Weight - 340 lbs
Stomach - 54.5 inches
Waist - 50.5 inches
Thigh - 31 inches
Arm - 18 inches
Neck - 18 inches

Fitness measurements were as follows:
Push ups - 12
Crunches - 15

Where I am at now:

At this time, most of my clothes are tight. My dress shirts pull at the stomach, so much so that I often pop a button out of place when sitting. I am unable to button the neck on most of my dress shirts, and the sleeves have started riding up from pulling in the shoulders. My pants pockets flair out, and belts that used to fit now squeeze uncomfortably when worn. My ties are tied in a single knot, and still often do not reach the bottom of my stomach.

T shirts, undershirts and polos that once draped well, now draw up so that I have to pull them down regularly to keep my lower stomach from being exposed at times. On long drives, my belt buckle digs so deeply into my stomach that it can become quite painful.

I can hike 2-3 miles, and be okay, but find that walking up a few flights of stairs leaves me far more winded than I should be. My weight has caused my snoring to be quite pronounced. I am borderline hypertensive with my blood pressure. My energy level is generally low at the end of the day, and I have taken to falling asleep as soon as 9 to 9:30 on particularly stressful days.

From this point on, I will continue to post weekly updates to both my pictures, measurements and blogs.
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