Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 1.

Today I fell successful. I think that I have hit every part of my goal. I stayed within my calories and had 3 healthier meals. I worked out for 70 mins. I read half of a Weight Watchers Magazine this morning while my son was eating breakfast. So overall it was a good day.

For the sake of this being the first day of the challenge I even took my measurements...which I am torn about sharing on here, but I feel that it is part of the process so here they are in all of my horror of making these numbers public.

Starting Weight: 220.4 lbs
Chest: 41 inches
Ribs (below chest) 39 inches
True waist 36 inches
Waist at belly button 39 inches
Hips 47 inches
Thigh 29 inches
Arm 12.5 inches

I will have a good estimate if these numbers are accurate by Friday when I weigh in and get measured at my boot camp work out, but I wanted to have a starting point for the first day.

I think that it is also important to mention how far I have come since last July. So here are my measurements from July 2010

Starting Weight: 229 lbs
Chest: 42.5 inches
Ribs (below chest) 40 inches (she doesn't measure this but I know it was at least 40 at one time after birth)
True waist 38.25 inches
Waist at belly button 46.5 inches
Hips 49.5 inches
Thigh 30 inches
Arm 13.5 inches 

So to date I have lost 8.6lbs and 16.75 inches. That doesn't seem like much when you look at how much I have left to go and how long it took me to loose it but I am proud of every ounce of it. Sure I could have made more changes, ate better, worked out more, but I didn't. I am not going to sit here and make up a bunch of excuses but needless to say I was and still am adjusting to my life as a mother. That new title entailed numerous changes...some small some huge, some good some not so good.
Now that my son is a little older and I have a little less quilt leaving him, or listening to him cry if my walk goes a little longer than he would like, I am ready to make some changes for myself. 

So today Noah and I went for a run/walk. I walked a few minutes to warm up and get adjusted, and then ran 1 mile, walked .5 miles, ran another mile and then walked about 2 more miles. It felt good. Refreshing. granted my hips were killing me toward the end of the 2nd mile of running, but I did it. My son slept through the first 45 minutes of the workout and happily sat in his stroller for the remainder. The timing of his nap turned out perfectly today.

I made good choices today when it came to food. Breakfast was a Special K protein bar and a cup of skim milk, Lunch was a string cheese and a WW yogurt, and lunch was scrambled eggs, toast and a small helping of corn beef and hash. Morning snack was a piece of coffee cake and 2 cups of fresh fruit at Bible study and my afternoon snack was 3 celery stalks and 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter.  I stayed within my calorie range for my weight loss goals.

I read half of a WW magazine, although nothing overly exciting to report right now. I am watching the biggest loser while I type this and that is inspiration enough. If people who are that over weight can move and make better choices than so can I. And I found this fun little calendar on Sparkpeople : http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calendar_2007-03.pdf
 I hope all of you had a day full of good choices! Thanks for all of the tips and advice!


  1. Today should be my one hour glucose test, so it's whole wheat toast and one egg fried without butter with a cup of decaf. Much better than the mac and cheese I wanted. Reading your blog this morning made my choice easier. :-)

  2. What a great first day Amanda!

  3. Way to go! Yay for you. Perhaps I will find motivation to get back on track while I follow your blog. We've gotta look good this fall when we to looking for Hawaii five O

  4. Thanks ladies! I really did feel good about it yesterday...and that helped me get through my struggles today. I am praying that I will see some results by the end of the next boot camp which is actually 6 weeks away because we have a two week break...so pray for me, please. To stay strong and focused and really give this my best effort! It would really be appreciated. We have talked about starting to try again for another baby in a few months and i would love to get rid of some of this weight, before I regain it all...oh so counter productive I swear! hahaha...but I guess worth it in the end. If i can get into good habits now though, maybe i can keep them throughout my pregnancy since i can only ever remember having cravings on maybe 3 occasions last pregnancy...besides the constant cravings for salads that made me sick every time i ate one! Maybe I will be more disciplined this time around though