Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Different View

So a lot of weight loss bloggers are a lot more open about numbers than I am. They tell how much they weighed from the beginning and everything including inches lost in different areas of their body. To me, that is so incredibly brave! I am way too insecure to be revealing most of that information. I have mentioned before that I will be revealing that information once I hit a specific milestone. It's a silly milestone probably, but it's important to me, and it's not too far off.

The most I have revealed to this point is how much weight I have lost so far. That doesn't mean much if you don't know how much I weighed to begin with. I've been pretty bummed that I didn't keep track of how many inches I have lost since I started losing weight last February 2010. Aside from weight loss, inches lost is a pretty big indicator of just how much fat you have actually dropped. But I wasn't thinking of this experience as an experiment when it all started back then, so I didn't measure myself in inches.

BUT... I found an old notebook from 2008! It has measurements that I took of myself from March 31, 2008. I was really excited when I found this. I gained twelve pounds between March 31, 2008 and February 2010, so these numbers I'm about to share are not at my peak weight, but twelve pounds off isn't bad, and it's the best I can do. I'm super stoked to have something to compare to in inches now!

March 31, 2008
Arms: 15"
Waist: 45"
Hip: 46"
Bust: 43"
Thigh: 31"
Band: 37" (underneath bust)

November 21, 2010
Arms: 11.5"
Waist: 30" - I might have measured in the wrong place back then...
Hip: 41"
Bust: 38" - I can't say I'm thrilled about this loss, but what can I do?
Thigh: 25"
Band: 32"

This is a different and fun way to look at it! I will continue to measure inches every so often and add it to my Progress page.

Today I am thankful for distractions that get me through my homework.


  1. *soft smile* - y'know, back at the beginning of my journey (well, my this-time-around journey) a year ago, I was way too embarrassed to post my numbers. I could barely even look at the photo my then-trainer strongly recommended I take as a "before" shot... I was just so filled with shame.

    Somewhere along the way I lost that shame... possibly because once I started seeing change - regardless of how slow and gradual it was - so it felt like my original weight was just a place to start and make progress from.

    Then, a week or two back I joined up with a group of online friends who are just starting on their own journeys to lose weight themselves - many of them from around the weight I was when I started, or heavier. I happily charged in and said "this is where I started, this is where I am now, this is where I want to get to". And many of them commented that they just weren't ready to share something that personal and embarrassing for them yet, and it reminded me of how I was when I started.

    It *is* hard to share that kind of stuff initially, and some folks never become comfortable with it. That's OK too - this is your blog and your safe space, and no-one gets to say what you should or shouldn't share but you.

    But for what it's worth? What you've posted is some pretty amazing progress that you have every right to feel proud of for achieving. Well done - that's awesome work :-)

  2. Hi Rosie. I agree - you should be proud of your achievements. But it is hard to share personal stuff. I tend to share too much. I have recently shared pictures of my worse feature - my tummy (especially due to childbirth damage). I feel so liberated sharing! How do you feel on the subject now? I'd love to know what you were when you started and how far you've come. I'd be congratulating you on your amazing efforts!