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My Measurements! Month Two

Jun. 3rd, 2009 | 11:40 am

1. Bust: 48.75" (-1.0")

2. Chest: 45.0" (-0.5")

3. Waist: 43.0" (-1.0")

4. Hips: 48.75"

5. Midway: 53.0" (-0.75")

6. Thigh: 29.25" (+0.5)

7. Knees: 19.75" (-1.25")

8. Calves: 18.5" (+0.25")

9. Upper Arm: 18.0" (-0.25")

10. Lower Arm: 11.25"

11. Neck: 15.75"

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Top Ten Healthy Desserts

May. 27th, 2009 | 11:40 pm

I was so excited to find this article! Though most of these just scream, "EAT MORE FRUIT!" there are some that I am excited to try. I mean, pineapple with coconut! That sounds so good! I eat fruit, but when was the last time it tasted better than fruit? Apple with cinnamon can only get me so far. I can't wait to try these out. So bring on the healthy desserts!

1. Make your own ice-cream sandwiches by using graham crackers and non-fat or reduced-fat
ice cream.

2. Fruit and yogurt medley: customize this dessert by using your favorite low-fat yogurt combined with your favorite fresh fruits.

3. Grapefruit with honey drizzled on top: cut the grapefruit into slices and then drizzle honey on each slice before serving.

4. Dessert pizza: use whole wheat flour and seeds such as sesame or flax to make the crust then add your favorite fruits for your toppings.

5. Pineapple with slices of coconut: place slices of pineapple on a plate and spread shavings of coconut on each slice.

6. Meringues: this dessert is fat-free, low in calories, and tastes great, couple of pieces of this will definitely not hurt you.

7. Fruit and nut bowls: mix your favorite fruits and nuts and a bowl.

8. Creamed bananas: cream bananas using a mixer or spatula and add your favorite fruits, then put a touch of lemon juice and serve with low fat whipped cream on top.

9. Oatmeal crisp snacks: this dessert involves a bit more work then the others, but it is well worth it. Mix 2 cups of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of brown suger, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Spread onto baking sheet and drizzle with cinnamon. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and cook until it is crisp. Serve with slices of fresh fruit on the side.

10. Chocolate pudding: make your own homemade pudding with low or non fat milk.

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A Fashion Update.

May. 25th, 2009 | 12:00 am
mood: pleasedpleased

My first non-scale victory in months!

I have always worn large bras -- well, smaller letters higher numbers anyway. At my heaviest I made it all the way up to an uncomfortable 42C. It was always so hard to find bras that could fit someone so round -- someone that didn't have huge boobies. Searching for 40B in a regular department store was near impossible. But today I have given myself new hope.
I ran around all day wondering why my bra felt so uncomfortable. The straps were not sitting right at all, everything felt so wrong. It wasn't until after dinner that I figured out that the problem was that the straps in the back were set too far apart. So tonight I got to fasten my bra on the second set of hooks! Everything fits so much better now. Win.

Another victory today. I am one of the, seemingly, few overweight females that doesn't wear my pants anywhere near my belly button. I am like those round old men that have the small pants that fit underneath their huge bellies -- I make it look good though. Haha. Well since I have lost 50 pounds I have dropped two pants sizes (from a men's 46x30 to a men's 42x30, I only wear men's Dickies.) I put my bigger pants in the give away box but they never left the house. So today I tried them on. They now fit in a normal pants waistline position. They are a bit uncomfortable because they squeeze in places that I am totally not used to, being as I am wearing them so much higher. So I wore these pants with an XL shirt that I bought years ago that has never fit until I tried it on today.

I'm telling you, it feels so amazing being able to leave the confinement of my large black clothing. That's all I have worn for the past eight years. Black Dickies. Black polo shirts. Black hoodies. Summer. Fall. Winter. Spring. And now I can wear flats and an XL tee and pants that fit correctly and feel good about it. ::sigh::

Today was an all around clothing win.

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Week Three Day One

May. 3rd, 2009 | 04:52 pm

COMPLETED! And the only thing I did differently was run at 4.9 miles per hour instead of 5.0 miles per hour. Maybe that's what helped me get through it this time around or maybe it was my new surge in endurance or maybe it was a bit of both. So excited!

Walking Speed: 3.4 miles per hour
Short Distance Running Speed: 5.1 miles per hour
Long Distance Running Speed: 4.9 miles per hour

I'll pick it up a bit for Week Three Day Two.

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My measurements!

Apr. 30th, 2009 | 09:57 am
mood: accomplished

1. Bust: 49.75" (-0.25")

2. Chest: 45.5"

3. Waist: 44.0" (-1.5")

4. Hips: 48.75" (-1.25")

5. Midway: 53.75" (-1.25")

6. Thighs: 28.75" (-1.25")

7. Knees: 21.0"

8. Calves: 18.25"

9. Upper arm: 18.25"

10. Forearms: 11.25"

11. Neck: 15.75" (-0.25")

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So many inches to pinch!

Apr. 30th, 2009 | 01:00 am

I already measured myself March 16, 2009, but I want to start anew and post my measurements online. I am going to be remeasuring tomorrow morning, but wanted to post some body measurement information here. I got this from a member of another weight loss community.

Taking your measurements is an excellent way to keep track of your changing shape as you get fit. When you burn fat and increase your muscle mass, you may weigh a bit more even though your body is getting tighter and smaller. Here is how you take 10 different body measurements. Remember to keep your muscles relaxed while you're measuring.

1. Bust: Don't squish yourself
-- measure all the way around your bust and back right at your nipple line, and make sure the tape measure is not lower.

2. Chest: Measure under your breasts but as high up as you can go, keeping the tape measure parallel to this line when you reach it around your back.

3. Waist: Measure wherever it is the smallest (if you have "no waist" go around yourself right at the navel line).

4. Hips: Measure at the very biggest part
-- even if that is so low that you are almost on the top of your thighs.

5. Midway: Measure midway between the very biggest part of your hips and your waist.

6. Thighs: Measure wherever they are the biggest.

7. Knees: Measure right above the knee.

8. Calves: Measure wherever they are the biggest.

9. Upper arm: Measure wherever they are biggest above your elbows.

10. Forearms: Measure wherever they are biggest below your elbows.

Remeasure yourself every couple of months. It may seem discouraging to see your measurements when you start a diet plan, but once your begin to see results, the feeling of accomplishment is wonderful. Even if you have been on a program for a while, it's not too late
-- it is great to watch your body continue to change.

Get your tape measure and get started now!

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The Half Raw Vegan

Apr. 20th, 2009 | 09:56 pm
location: RNO
mood: accomplished

I am particularly impressed with myself this day.
I managed to FINALLY straighten my act up and eat as a vegan does. When did this become so hard?
I ate at Vod here in Reno, Nevada and it was particularly good. Raw vegan. My first time. It was so tasty! I did not expect such success. I had tahini on my salad and some amazing pizza type thing.
I have been stuffed all day from so much good food for all of my three meals today. I did not snack once and I am FUCKING stuffed.
I have not gone to the gym in the past two days. Hmph. I don't know how I feel about this. I am glad that I am letting my body rest, but I need the exercise!

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Weekend Update!

Apr. 18th, 2009 | 02:15 am
location: RNO
mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated

I'm wondering if I can do this.
Can I lose the weight in the next six weeks?
My next goal weight (Second Goal Weight) is at 258.6 pounds. That is a total of -59 pounds and 18.4 pounds away. This I am "supposed" to lose by May 28, 2009--which is six weeks away. This would amount to a -3.1 pound loss per week to reach that goal, which isn't entirely unreasonable, but definitely unlikely and I don't want to put myself under that kind of unnecessary pressure. I have lost that much in one week many times, but I am most comfortable with a two to two and a half pound loss. This would put me at an extra two weeks and I am totally okay with that.
I was exactly four weeks late to arriving at my last goal, which amounts to four weeks less for attaining my second goal. So there is no way that beating myself up for not making it to my goal on time makes any sense at all. And maybe I can even make up for lost time, but I am not going to plan on it.
I have been floundering lately, but through all of this I have still kept my eyes on the prize: always picking myself up when I have fallen, resetting my jaw, and taking another step forward. I am fucking tough and when I put my heart and my head into something I will not stop for anything. Anything.

This week I have created a daily activity checklist. This is to help me try to live in a healthier manner. I have easy things like "Morning teeth brushing" and "Shower," but I also have things like "50 oz of water," "One hour of gym time," and "Write in food log." At the bottom I total how many Xs I receive for the day and try to beat my previous scores. So far (six days) I have not gotten a perfect day--some items on the check list have never been achieved! My record so far is a 16 out of 24!
I am especially proud that I have been going to the gym for an hour as often as I can before work. One hour on the elliptical. It is tough work, but it is working for me. I usually enjoy myself quite a bit. I am also a fan of my water intake as of late. I have been drinking more than 50 oz of water daily, usually closer to 80 oz. I read an article about drinking water and I apparently heard what it said. I am trying to drink before I am thirsty, when I am thirsty (for sure!) and spaced throughout the day--not all at once. This prevents me from running to the bathroom.

Thursday I lost -2.8 pounds even though I ate quite a bit of junk on and around Easter, but I made up for it at the gym.

Next Thursday I am shooting for -3 pounds, but hoping for -4.4+ pounds. This magical number would get me to my next -5 pound star which I have been trying to get for the past month! But if not, there is always the next week!

So sleepy and totally not getting an X tomorrow for "Eight hours of sleep."

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My Oven

Apr. 17th, 2009 | 12:16 am
location: RNO
mood: annoyedannoyed

"Oh, my God! What is this!?" I say to the drops of blood I find on the toilet paper.

I haven't had my period in over a year. As a matter of fact in the eleven years I should have been having a regular menstrual cycle I have probably spent half of those years period-less. Thank you, ovarian cysts!

I told my mother that if by 250 pounds my period was still on vacation I would visit my doctor. But here I am around 275 pounds and it has already returned. I guess that is not an excuse to skip that doctor visit, but it will be a lot less frantic.

Hey, maybe my baby maker isn't broken after all. I may be happy about that fact in a few years.
Ha. Right. We shall see.

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Ginny, Like From Harry Potter.

Apr. 1st, 2009 | 02:42 am
location: RNO
mood: sympatheticsympathetic

I used to whine about not having a dog that can walk long distances, but now that I have one I have yet to take her out. Dumb. Come early Thursday afternoon she will be much needed. I can take Bo out for a half an hour walk and then take Ginny out for an hour to an hour fifteen. I'm thinking walking them separately will give them both alone time with Mom. Bo, the one whose comfortable home was horrifically invaded by Ginny four days ago, will definitely be most excited about this. There is nothing like having to share the affection that was once all yours. Poor BoBo.

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