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2.5 weeks to go

Alright, I sucked it up and did my measurements. A week and a half later than I should have, but it’s done all the same.

Bust: 89 cm /  35 inches  Down 1 cm
Waist: 67 cm /  26.4 inches  No change
Hips: 96 cm / 37.8 inches  Down 1 cm
Thigh: 52 cm / 20.5 inches No change

Weight:  No idea. Will possibly weigh in at the gym tonight, but it won’t really be comparable to the previous 2 weigh-ins…

Not too shabby! While I was right thinking I hadn’t made huge leaps and bounds in terms of loses, I haven’t gained anything either, which I was kinda dreading I might have.

All in all, though, I feel like I’ve plateaued. I know that sounds ridiculous. The measurements show a loss. My belt fits on one notch smaller. These are good things! But even still, I feel like I’ve plateaued. Maybe it’s because I’m getting used to my daily routines. Maybe it’s because walking 20-30 minutes to/from work doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore. Maybe it’s because avoiding sugar doesn’t really feel like some sort of epic battle anymore. Maybe it’s because I actually have changed my lifestyle and it’s just normal routine now.

Thing is, I don’t want it to be routine. Not yet, anyway. I want to feel like I’m actually making an effort in this still! I want to feel challenged. I want to feel like I’m pushing myself and I want to feel proud of myself when I see the results of that hard work.

I think I need to reevaluate. When I started, I thought eating healthier and walking more would be a challenge and that sticking with it would show results. And it did. But I think I’ve reached the limit of what that change is going to do for me. If I want to see more results, I’m going to have to change my routine. So from now on, I’m going to keep doing what I was doing (drinking lots of water, eating healthy foods and walking as much as possible) but I’m also going to step it up at the gym. Andrew’s got himself psyched up about the gym – going so far as ordering bulk protein powder and creatine to help maximize his workout results – which will make things easier, too.

I know if I want to be showing off my body in a bikini this year, I’m going to have to put in the work for it. Ditto if I want to wear those short shorts.

Plus my birthday is in 2.5 weeks. I originally started with 3 months to go, saying I was going to be in great shape by my birthday. I’ve got 2.5 weeks left to really push and make sure when I wake up Oct 1 and turn 27, I’m going to feel damn good about myself.


How often do you reevaluate your goals? Have you ever felt like you weren’t doing enough, even when you were sticking to your plan? What do you do when you feel like you’ve plateaued?

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Bring on month 2!

It’s officially been one month since I started this whole little experiment/journey/lifestyle change and all in all I’m really happy with how I’m doing so far. I’ve only made relatively minor changes so far, which I think is what has helped me stay on track so easily. I didn’t overhaul my life, I just became more conscious of what I’m eating, cut out sugary foods and tried to walk places instead of drive whenever possible.

I took my measurements and weight again this morning…

Bust: 90 cm / 35.4 inches  Down 1 cm
Waist: 67 cm /  26.4 inches  Down 1 cm
Hips: 97 cm / 38.2 inches  Down 1 cm
Thigh: 52 cm / 20.5 inches Down 1 cm

Weight: 58 kg / 128 lbs  Down 1 kg

Overall, I’m really happy. Deep down I was probably hoping the loss would be a little greater overall, to be honest, but realistically I know that’s not logical. My clothes still fit (though they are the slightest bit looser now) and, as I said, I’ve only been making small changes so far so I can’t expect unrealistic results.

I guess my unwritten goal in the first month was to just stick with it. Keep blogging, keep eating healthy foods, keep drinking enough water and walking as often as possible. Basically, just don’t get bored/frustrated and quit like I did every other time I’ve tried this. And I’ve done it! I’ve proven to myself I can change my routine and I can keep up a healthier lifestyle.

Month 2: Step it up.
I have a feeling if I just keep doing what I’m doing now, I’ll plateau very soon and I’m not where I want to be yet. So month 2 will be about building on the base I’ve set up this past month. I’m sticking with the healthy eating and walking everywhere and I’m adding actual workouts. I’m joining a gym and I’m going to use it at least once a week. That may sound silly, but baby steps are working for me, so I’m sticking with them! I could say 4 times per week, and probably stick to that for a little while, but I know things will come up, I won’t keep that goal and I’ll get discouraged and quit full stop. I know I can make it at least once a week, every week, no excuses. And if I go more, bonus! But I won’t be beating myself up for not meeting my own expectations.

So there it is, written and posted for the world to see. This month I will join a gym and I will go and get a decent workout there at least once a week.

What are your goals for this month?

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Doctor’s Orders

Way back in October, I went to see a doctor who specialized in hormones. I originally went because I found his information on a website about low dose naltrexone – something I was looking into as it’s being trialed as a treatment for gluten-intolerance. I ended up spending a better part of our hourlong consultation talking about how unhappy I was with my thin/thinning hair. (Honestly, I know 80 year olds who have naturally thicker, nicer hair than me – and I’m 26!!!) I’ll write more on that topic at a later date…

Anyway, I’m really glad I ended up at this specific doctor. He was incredibly knowledgeable and taught me a lot about diet and how it can affect every part of your body – especially hair. He guessed straight off that I have a sweet tooth, that I probably have too much dairy and red meat, and that I really don’t eat enough cruciferous vegetables. All because my hormones were out of whack and all the things I just listed contribute to that. He changed my birth control pill and suggested a bunch of ways I could change my diet to help rebalance my hormones. I gave it a good, honest try for a week or two, but I think I went too hardcore and gave up shortly after. I just don’t think I was really ready for a change back then…

I just recently came across the blood work results from that visit as well as the doctor’s notes on what they mean and what I should be doing about them. What really shocked me at the time, and still does looking back on it again now, is my lipids and diabetic profile. My cholesterol was 4.5mmol/L (should be <5), HDL 1.74 mmol/L (should be >1) and LDL 2.5mmol/L (should be <3). Those are all in the “normal” range, but pushing it. My fasting glucose was 5.0 mmol/L (should be 3.5-5.4). Again, getting pretty close to the edge of that “normal” range. Not cool for a seemingly healthy mid-20 year old!

Reading the notes that follow, a lot of his suggestions are things I’ve started to do naturally as part of this whole lifestyle transformation. Avoid: cream, butter, ice creams, takeaways, pies and pastries, sausages and luncheon meats, cakes and puddings, chocolate, salted nuts, alcohol. Eat more: high fibre foods, veggies with skin on, muesli, fresh fruit? Done! Get more exercise? I’m getting better at that.

There is also a note from him about PCOS and how diet can help treat it. While he doesn’t necessarily think I have PCOS, he thinks following the eating tips of someone who does have it would be beneficial to me. That includes: relatively low-carb with adequate protein for energy, reduced saturated fats, lots of water, minimal caffeine/alcohol/sugar and adequate essential fatty acids. It’s also suggested I take supplements that include zinc, magnesium and B vitamins – all in the thyroid supplement I started taking last week. I was also low on my vitamin D and he suggested I added it as a supplement, as well. Check!

I’m interested in knowing what my test results would look like now. While I slightly altered my diet after getting these results almost a year ago, I have only really been actively following his advice for the last 3 weeks. I might see if I can have the same tests done again in October – a year since my first test and about 3 months into this new lifestyle. It would be interesting to see how and what has changed. Regardless, it’s reassuring to know the changes I’ve made are all ones that are going to positively impact the specific areas my doctor told me – all those months ago – that I need to focus on.

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The starting lineup…

I’ve heard over and over and over again that it’s not really so much about weight as it is about inches. Things like “muscles weighs more than fat” and “it’s probably just water weight” and other gems that we use to justify weight gains/loses/plateaus.

So let’s get on with it. My measurements (without sucking in my tummy or wearing a too-small pair of Spanx) as of 2 minutes ago…

Bust: 91 cm / 36 inches
Waist: 68 cm / 27 inches
Hips: 98 cm / 38.5 inches
Thigh: 53 cm / 21 inches

First off – holy hell my hips are damn near a meter around! Seriously!? Maybe I should just stick to measuring in inches. The numbers just look so much cuter and smaller. Anyway…

At about 170 cm/5’7″ tall, those measurements really aren’t that bad. And my waist to hip ratio (WHR) is right around 0.7, which is said to correlate strongly with general health and fertility. Huzzah!

But this journey isn’t about “Hey, let’s get my stats to within the ‘healthy’ range” – it’s about me feeling great about my body and feeling fit and healthy. Of course, hopefully part of that will include a slight drop in the above numbers… so I’ll update my stats every few weeks, just to keep myself honest and motivated.

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