Tuesday, June 21, 2011
6 month bandiversary & whole lot data
today's weigh-in: 166.4lbs
pre-op weight: 225.4lbs
total lost: 59lbs in 6 months. woot-woot!!!!! happy dance :)
starting size: XL/16 (but should've been wearing 18s)
today's size: Med/10s (the size 10 jeans I'm wearing right now are feeling rather roomy)
I've got one of those fancy scales that measures other things as well:
pre-op fat%: 42%
today's body fat%: 31.4%
pre-op "body" age: 50 years
today's "body" age: 40 years
I've gained 10 years back. how cool is that??
pre-op cholesterol: 213 (high)
May's cholesterol: 189 (normal)
pre-op blood pressure: 140/95 "mild hypertensive"
today's blood pressure: 100/60 "athletic"
I find the adjective "athletic" applied to me in any way to be endlessly entertaining but that's what I find when I google this most recent bp reading :)
I've seen these progression pictures on other blogs & really liked them so I've copied that here. Do you remember those posters that were popular in the '90s? If you looked at it one way you saw a big field of red & orange but if you blinked then you saw a bunch of fish or something jump out at you? That's how I feel when I look at my 6-month pictures. When I first saw the pics, I just see all the flaws like my back fat & the flesh spilling over my bra & hiding in my pits....but then I blink & I really can't believe that these are pictures of ME!
As great as the pictures are I find the measurements to be absolutely fascinating! I was really reluctant to get the tape measure out at the beginning but now I am soooo glad I did. Its so cool to see how my body shape has changed & the different rate different parts of my body change. These numbers really do blow me away. I was quick to lose in my mid-section but the upper arms are just really shrinking now. Almost a FOOT off around at my belly button & I've lost over five feet!!! I've lost almost as many inches around as I am tall. crazy, my friends. And what's with losing almost 3 inches from my neck? My neck! really? I didn't ever think of my neck as fat but I have the data to prove it......
My journey is told in the numbers & in the pictures above but it can be the littlest thing where our truth shines through. So after 6months & so many victories, what could possibly rate as my most amazing NSV ever? There are lots to choose from - skinny jeans, adorable dresses, more energy, feeling stronger, sleeping better, more confidence & brighter smiles. Nope, it is none of these.
My best ever NSV is this post!!!! My head was full of all the typical worries as I was going into the OR on that fine December day...is this going to work for me? can I do it? will this be yet another failed attempt? This post is my bestest NSV because I have never, ever stuck to any weight-loss program for this long. I'd usually get bored & frustrated in just a few weeks and quit. Not this time. This time it is different. This time something is different inside of me....and I don't just mean that piece of plastic around my stomach. Yes, that piece of plastic does help but only so much. That piece of plastic does not pick & plan healthy high-protein meals for the week (like I did on Saturday), it does not wave away the bread basket when I'm eating out (like I did on Sunday), it does not get my ass to the gym for an hour of intensive cardio & an hour of weights (like I did last night), it does not pack my lunch everyday with quality bandster foods such as greek yogurt & cheese sticks (like I did this morning), it does not keep track of everything I eat in myfitnesspal (like I did a few hours ago), it does not keep me accountable to a larger community by blogging (like I am now) and that piece of plastic is not going to repeat this routine (like I am tomorrow).
60lbs down in 6months. I'm pretty damn proud of that.