I stepped away from SparkPeople for nearly two full years. Some of the time I did my best to stick to the things I'd learned here, other times I didn't. Now, I'm starting from where I am today.
Last time I did my measurements it was May 2014. I took them today for the first time in over 2 years. Here is where I am:
Weight - 269.5
Neck - 17 inches
Right Arm - 17 inches
Left Arm - 17 inches
Bust - 52 inches
Under Bust - 45 inches
Waist - 47 inches
Hips - 52 inches
Right Thigh - 28 inches
Left Thigh - 28 inches
Right Calf - 17 inches
Left Calf - 17 inches
Now, shockingly my measurements for the neck & such are all up only 3 inches or so each - but those 3 inches can make such a huge difference! It's my weight that annoys me the most - up 21.5 pounds in those 2 years. That means since I started here at SP and originally lost 25 pounds, I have gained those back *and* another 21.5 pounds.
Where I'm a little confused is my weight is up that much, yet, my waist has only grown 6 inches. Not a lot, but, maybe more than it seems? It breaks down to 3.5 pounds an inch. I don't know. I know a pound is a pound no matter if it's fat or muscle - it's just that muscle takes up less space. I know I'm bigger, yet, I don't feel like it most days.
All I know for sure is that I'm going to love my body as it is each and every day. It takes care of me. The least I can do is love it.
For something funny I'm sharing these two images:
Of course when you eat right and exercise regularly your body loves you back... yet, this is usually me when I exercise:
In all seriousness, I'm going to work on doing my 5K training again. I really was staring to enjoy the running before the arthritis kicked my ass for awhile. Now it's time to fully reclaim my body as mine, not as the dis-eases.
Today I started two of the challenges here on SparkPeople - the 30 Day Walk This Way Challenge and the 30 Day Small Changes Challenge. I think they'll be a great way to start back here on SP and get me back on a healthy path again.
I can do this. I did it before, I will do it again and be even healthier than before.