Meausrement Update


The first time I took my measurements, I used ribbon and then measured the ribbon, but this time I had an actual measuring tape. So take these results with a grain of salt. I'll update them again in six weeks.

A Tale of Three Jeans

Last year when I started eating right, I lost enough weight to need a smaller jeans size in March. I was stoked. So I went to Lane Bryant to trade in my size 22s, only to discover that they had initiated the new "Fit Right" system and I couldn't literally "go down a size." In fact, I had to learn the whole new fangled system.

So after trying on all blue, red, and yellow fits in all sizes, I emerged from the store with a Blue 3.

Fast forward to October, 2008. I'm on a trip to New York and it's the first really fall weekend. Chilly enough that I brought along the jeans I'd been ignoring for the summer. I'm in my friend's tiny apartment, in the worlds tiniest bathroom, and I try to put on my jeans. I jump and bend and pull and huff and puff, but lo! My jeans didn't fit anymore. They were mercilessly too small.

Argh. When I got back home, I marched to Lane Bryant to do the humiliating thing and buy bigger jeans. My skinny jeans (skinny being used loosely) were no more. But since I'd never had Blue 4s before, it wasn't quite like buying my fattest jeans again. I had no idea what my previous 22 translated to.

Things were all well and good until Christmas vacation, when even the 4s turned their back on me, and I moved up to Blue 5s. 5s! The number, which meant nothing by itself, was TWO sizes up. So if I'd gone up two sizes since I was my smallest, that was no good.

So I'm chugging along, and one day I put on my 5s and they are tight. Almost so tight that I want to die. When I wore them, they rubbed my tummy raw.

Well, today I put on my 5s and they fit loose. Not loose enough to move down a size, but they fit normally again. This is progress.

I want back in those 3s! I want to be where I was when I gave up last time. I want all that progress back! And I'm going to get it.

Portabello Mushrooms for Dinner

With olive oil and organic cheese. Yum yum yum yum yum.

I've been making an effort to get to sleep by 10 or 11 for the past two weeks. My days have gone much smoother as a result. I don't know how long I can keep it up, but I'm off to bed!

Healthy You Challenge Check In #11

I know, I know. You're thinking:

What the hell happened to weeks 8, 9, and 10?!?

Well to sum it up. Week 8 was good. Weeks 9 and 10 were bad, bad, bad, alcohol drenched guacamole filled poor decisions. Oh, and I went on vacation with my old college buddies:

And my vacation diet was beer and avocado salad.

But I'm back. I'm on plan. I feel awesome. And I finally have a real, live weigh in to report. Drumroll, please:

Starting Weight (May 13, 2009): 320
Current Weight: 307.5

Total Weight Lost: 12.5 lbs.

Losing twelve pounds in eleven weeks is totally weak sauce, but I don't know if I gained some back during my two week lag or if I just wasn't ever pushing myself as good as I did last year. But I'm not going to dwell on that. I know my exact weight, and I can only chart my progress from here.

And I get my first real HYC badge weight loss badge!

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I'll post progress photos at fifteen pounds. So you'll have to wait a little bit longer, but hopefully it won't be too long!