Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weight Loss Wednesday: Starting

Weight loss has been a topic that has popped up on this blog many...many...many times. It's also something I have failed at many...many...many times.

The intention is there, the follow through it lacking.

So here I am on attempt number I don't care to count. But this time...this time something is different. Actually a few things are different. I have a solid plan and I have it written down. I have goals, measurements, incentives, Nate and my friend Cassie as well.

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So this time around I am keep a journal of sorts. I'm not using it to track my food or anything like that. Instead I am using it to keep track of my weight, measurements, goals and incentives. I wanted to start tracking my measurements, because I tend to freak out when I see no weight loss...even if it's apparent that my thighs are thinner or my pants are looser. So taking measurement gives me another way to see the changes my body is going through.

Along with that I have weight goals and matching incentives. The bigger the goal, the bigger the incentive. On top of that I am doing Non Scale Victories. Again this is so that I am not basing everything on what the scale says. It's just as important to celebrate fitting into that pair of jeans as it is celebrating a 5lb weight loss.

I am also long distance weight lossing with my friend Cassie. We're both working on losing weight and we are both helping press each other to keep going. Because honestly, knowing that I'm not the only one with weight loss issues is refreshing. When we are feeling down, we get/give a pep talks. I'm also lucky in the fact that I have my husband, who is like my own personal cheering squad. He pushes me and keeps me honest.

Having all of these things written down has helped a lot already. I can't lie about my weight. I can't ignore my goals. It isn't an option this time around. I'm being honest about my body and what I need to do to get to my happy place. And seeing as I am being honest, here's my starting stats:

Week 1
1.10.12

Weight: 187.6 lbs

Bust: 42"
Upper Arms: 13"
Waist: 35"
Hips: 45.5"
Thighs: 27"
Calves: 15.25"

So here goes attempt whatever this is...also known as my most successful attempt.

10 comments:

  1. I need to do this, TODAY. I took a start picture, but I should have taken my measurements. I'm really struggling with seeing a change on the scale. It's really starting to irritate me, even though I can visibly see and feel I've lost inches. I feel like it's progress lost! I'm proud of you though. We're going to get this done!

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    1. I finally took my "before" picture...which I sent to you. But honestly the measurements are what's keeping me sane!

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  2. Proud of you Ashley! This is your year!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for getting me into the ab workout!

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  3. Do you track your exercise or calorie intake? I use MyFitnessPal and it's been super helpful in loosing weight. I didn't realize how many calories/sugar/fat I was taking in.

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    1. I don't currently, but I have before. I have two issues with it, which are totally personal and that need to just get over. I either get lazy after a few weeks of tracking or I start to freak out and hate food (which isn't good). I'll look into MyFitnessPal though, as I keep hearing good things about it!

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  4. You can do this, Ashley!! Good for you for putting it out there and making yourself accountable. I'm tackling my weight this year too with the goal of getting back to my ideal weight (what I weighed at HS graduation) for my 10 year reunion in October. It's about 20 lbs and you know how hard the last few lbs are as you get closer to where you should be. So. For what it's worth, I'm rooting for you. It won't be easy - but we've got this.

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    1. Thank you! And ugh...yeah the last leg is aways awful, but you can do it and totally rock your HS reunion! I look forward to reading your posts on how you're doing. Keep it up, because it's totally worth it in the end!

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  5. You can do it!!! I love myfitnesspal as well....and they have an app

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to look into MyFitnessPal today!

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