Measurements, that is.
When you started your weight-loss journey, you should have taken your measurements: upper arm, chest, waist, hips and thigh.
So you can calculate how many inches you've lost during this journey. Besides, it can be fun.
--one side note: though you can measure yourself weekly, I don't recommend doing it as the numbers don't offer the drama of the scale (smaller increments) and you can fudge them by simply pulling the measuring tape too tight. I personally recommend once a month.
I will confess that when I started, I didn't take my measurements until about week three or four. I wished I had taken them on my first weigh-in. But I didn't.
You know you've lost weight, simply by noticing that your clothes are starting to hang on you, you don't fit in your bra any more, or you can pull your non-elastic pants down without unzipping them.
Yeah, I like the last one best. Even though I could see the numbers on the scale dropping, it didn't hit home until I started pulling my shorts off without unzipping them. That was the bestest feeling the in whole world!
Since I started this journey on June 19--slightly less than six months ago--I've lost around 35 lbs, but I've also inches.
Arm: -2 inches
Chest: -6 inches
Waist: -6.5 inches
Hips: -6. 5 inches
Thigh: -4 inches
I know that I'll be losing more inches in the next few months, so I'm only purchasing one or two items at this size. In fact, the bra that I purchased a month or two ago is now TOO BIG. Yep, one of the hazards of weight-loss-- the boobage shrinks. I just hope I don't put an eye out with them since they bounce around more than they should . . . sorry, that's a little TMI, isn't it?
My new size 8 jeans are baggy within 15 minutes. I can't pull them down, quite yet, but I definitely have baggy-butt syndrome.
I still wear most of the same shirts in my closet. Many of them are large, but even at my smallest, I wore a medium. Why? Because I have the shoulders of a linebacker, well, that and the larger than normal boobs for my height. I have purchased a few new smaller sized shirts, but I won't be shrinking that size quite as much. But I will tell you that the shirts which used to be tight on my arms are now loose and they hang differently on me.
So, if you haven't taken your measurements, do it. I'll wait. Yeah, It's not a problem . . .
*hums Jeopardy! theme song music*
Now, record that somewhere and come back every month and do it again. You'll be glad that you did!
Remember: stay the course this holiday season.
If you've been following my blog, you'll know that the last few weigh-ins have been stagnant. Well, I've been making candy for the last couple of weeks. I have probably close to 40 pounds of candy made and still have more to make. Let me just say up front, that you can't cook or make candy withouth tasting it. . . .
So how do you think I did? Did I gain, lose or stay the same?
If you chose gained or stayed the same you would be wrong!
I lost 4.2 POUNDS this last week for a total weight loss of 39.0 POUNDS.
How did I manage to lose so much weight while making (and tasting) tons of candy? I still exercised, drank 6 glasses of water a day, and ate bunches of fruit and veggies!