I’ve been at this weight loss thing for a while, but just got serious about it probably two months ago. I stopped making excuses and just did it. I have my measurements from last month, and this month, and am going to show them both to you right now. :)
I recently joined Team #Cinchspiration and couldn’t be more excited to finally have help and support in losing this weight!! I started my journey weighing in at about 260lbs. Last month, I weighed in at 253. I am committing to 6 months of the Cinch program, and hope to have some awesome results to show you all at the end!! But, this is just the beginning and I hope to have you here every step of the way.
I was always a bean pole as a child, even as a teen, and up until I got pregnant I never thought I’d have any serious issues with my weight. If anything, I needed to put a little meat on my bones. You couldn’t tell me that, though. I always thought I was fat. :/ During my first pregnancy, I had pre-eclampsia and gained over 60 pounds. On a 160 pound 6’2″ frame that is a lot of weight. I didn’t lose any of it after I had her, and just kept eating like I was pregnant. I knew I was overweight but I had other things to worry about.
In 2005, I had another child, and actually lost some weight. In 2006, I had my third daughter and again at the end I really ballooned up and had difficulties losing the weight. I think I was at about 250 at that point. I ended up getting down to 230, and was almost happy with where my weight was. I figured, 30 more pounds and I would see how I looked and felt, and leave it at that. 200 pounds isn’t bad for my height. In 2008, I was a surrogate. I gained quite a bit of weight after I had her, because of the major depression I struggled with. At that point, I was 280lbs.
I knew that nearing 300 pounds wasn’t safe, or attractive even in the least bit. I felt horrible about myself. Eventually, I got back down to 270, and then last year down to 260. I have yo-yo’d back and forth between 250 and 270 for 2 years, and this year I decided I’m done. I broke past the 260 and got down to 253 and could not be happier that I have kept up with my willpower and determination even when I didn’t feel like it.
I really don’t want to post before pictures, because I’m still really big… and when you see other people weighing in at 120 pounds and saying how “big” they are, it’s really hard to have the guts to post pictures of yourself at 250 pounds. I know if I do it, I may help others have the guts to do it as well, but I’m just not sure. I’d love to hear what you think…
Should I post before pictures in my sports bra and shorts? Or should I save them for the end when I’m at my goal weight??
Let me know what you think in the comments and I will do what the majority thinks is best! :)
I talked to my trainer this morning about my Couch to 5K journey and she said I needed to stay off the treadmill for a week, and even when I get back on it I should only do a brisk walk. :( I’m very disappointed, but I know my knees are the ONLY knees I will ever have so I have to take care of them. I’m going to improvise and use the elliptical, or at least try.
Anyway, without further ado, here are my measurements!!
Weight: 246.0 (down from 253.0)
Shoulders: 44.5 (down from 46.0)
Chest: 47.0 (up from 46.75)
Waist: 49.0 (up from 48.75)
Hips: 49 (stayed the same)
Thigh: 27.25 (down from 28.0)
Arms: 13.5 (up from 13.25)
Body Fat %: 37.3 (down from 37.9)
BMI: 31.6 (down from 32.5)
My trainer said that the 1/4 inch increase in my chest and waist are likely due to my clothing changes. I should wear the same clothes each time BUT most of my workout clothes are too big for me now (yay!) so I have very few choices left. Losing 6 pounds in a month is a really nice accomplishment for me, with so many things working against me (thyroid, knees, etc). I hope to keep up the momentum as the months go on.
If you are interested in joining the Cinch team, I encourage you to read about the Cinch Inch Loss Plan and make a decision that is best for you! :) If you have any questions about it, I’m always here to answer honestly. I was provided the Cinch program free of charge for 6 months in exchange for blogging and vlogging about my experiences, but all opinions are 100% my own.
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