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April 7, 2011

Fitness Challenge Week 13 Update: Sarah

Leeann is home sick today, so I'm taking on posting duties for this week's fitness challenge posts. Without further ado, here's me:

Finally, finally, some movement on the scale! I weighed in this morning at 157.8, down .6 from last week (well, the whole month, really), and now less than a pound from my first 10 pounds lost. Keeping me from running around going “I WANT MY 10 POUNDS!” like the kid from “Better Off Dead” screaming about his $2 is that we did finally take measurements again. There were some changes, but in some cases, not exactly the ones I might have expected.

In the past two months, I’ve lost another half-inch from my waist, another inch from my thighs and a half-inch from my forearms, all of which was exciting. I have felt some changes in how my clothes fit, so I was a little surprised to see no change in my hip measurement. And I was less than thrilled, but not that shocked based on how I’ve built muscle in the past, to see another half-inch gained on my calves. I don’t know quite what to think about my upper arm measurement. After the first month, I had shown a 1.5-inch gain there, and we measured a bunch of times trying to figure out what had happened. So we figured we’d just mismeasured on Jan. 1. But this time, the measurement came out as 12 inches, which was back to the original number from January. So … something is screwy there, but I’m not going to worry about it too much.

I’m glad to have some tangible evidence of the changes I’ve been suspecting -- and to finally see a bit of movement on the scale again. It’s easier to stay motivated when I can see that my decisions are indeed making a difference.

Now I just need the weather to hold out so I can get some hiking in this weekend. I can’t even remember the last time I went hiking, and I cannot wait.

Weight: 157.8 (-.6 from last week, -9.2 total)
Bust:  40 (unchanged since Feb. 1, -1 inch total)
Chest: 33 (unchanged)
Waist:  30.5 (-.5 since Feb. 1, -1.5 inches total)
Hips:  39 (unchanged since Feb. 1, -1 inch total)
Thigh:  23.5 (-1 since Feb. 1, -1.5 inches total)
Calf: 16 (+.5 since Feb. 1, +1 inch total)
Upper arm:  12 (-1.5 since Feb 1, but back to original number from Jan. 1, so I think last measurement was a fluke)
Forearm:  10 (-.5 since Feb. 1, -.5 inch total)
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