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Monday, December 26, 2011

Numbers Game

Losing weight is a numbers game. Unfortunately, I have only been paying attention to one number...the one on the scale. So, I have made a decision. I am not going to replace my cantankerous bathroom scale. I am going to start paying attention to other numbers, and for awhile, those numbers are going to be referred to as points.

Yes, I have decided to go back to Weight Watchers - I still have about two months' worth of Weight Watchers coupons courtesy of Oprah and my sister. I found a Friday morning meeting not far from where I work, so this Friday I will be going for my first meeting and weigh-in. I am hoping to have the willpower to not look at my weight - all I want to know after each weigh-in is net change (hopefully loss!). Once my free membership expires, depending on my progress, I will decide what to do from there.

Obviously what I have been doing has not been working. Obviously for whatever reason it's going to take more...more effort, more attention, more accountability, more whatever...to get the scale moving again. It is depressing because I feel like I've been doing all the same things I did last year to be so successful, yet I am still basically a fat, flabby runner. I love running and I have big goals for 2012 and beyond, and I know that to be successful in those goals, I need to get my ass in gear and shape up and slim down.

Speaking of numbers...a few weeks ago, I promised to take my measurements, though they are still conspicuously absent from my stats page. I actually did take them, with the help of E, who recorded them on a giant Post-it that is now hanging on the back of my bedroom door. They are kind of depressing. Um, actually, they are really depressing, but they are my starting point and I am using that as motivation...one day in the not too distant future, they will be the "before" numbers, and I will have better numbers to compare to them.

I think I did pretty well over the holiday weekend - I enjoyed myself without over-enjoying! I ran my Home for the Holidays Virtual 10k on Saturday (recap to come!). I definitely plan to stick to my exercise schedule this week (a Jackie Warner butt-kicking is on the schedule for today) - in fact, since I have the week off work, I am really looking forward to a lot of daytime runs and hikes in new and fun places.

In the meantime, I will leave you with my before pictures and measurements. Say goodbye...I will not be a flat, flabby runner for long!

Apparently my belly spent the entire race trying to flop over my
fuel belt - this picture was the least offensive


Hello, spare tire! Hello, cellulite!


Rear view - I have no words. Oh, wait. Yes, I do. Wide and load.
Measurements (I used this guide):

Bust: 44"
Chest: 41"
Waist: 41"
Hips: 47"
Midway: 46"
Thighs: 27"
Knees: 20"
Calves: 18"
Upper Arm: 13"
Lower Arm: 11.5"

I'll take them again on February 1. Stay tuned!

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