Measurements & Goals

I weighed and measured myself today. Oh my gosh, was that depressing. I’m not shocked by the numbers, but every time I think about it I wonder to myself, “How did I let myself get this bad?” I’m tired of feeling this way, so here I am sharing information about myself that I’d never even tell my best friend… My weight and measurements. Also, I’ll weigh in once a week and measure myself once a month (or more if I feel like I’m making noticeable progress)

  • Weight: 245.5 lbs
  • Chest (Biggest part): 46″
  • Waist (At belly button): 42.5″
  • Hips (Top of butt): 49″
  • Thigh (Biggest part): 28″
  • Calf (Biggest part): 16.5″
  • Neck: 14.5″
  • Bicep (Halfway to elbow): 15.5″
  • Forearm (Biggest part): 11.5″

I’m not proud of those numbers, but even worse are the pictures. Since I’m going to try and be fully honest in this blog, here’s some before pictures. This is the last day I will look like this. From here on out, I will improve. :)

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I would also like to cover some of my more specific goals, both short term and long term

Short Term Goals:

  1. Be a size 14. Why? Because 14 is the “smallest” plus size. It seems a little silly to make that a short term goal (even though it will take me a little while to get there considering I’m a 18/20 right now), especially when 14 is bigger than my ultimate size goal. For whatever reason, I want this to be a goal. Not gonna argue with it, just achieve it. :)
  2. Get through the first month of Insanity. I know the program is 2 months long (and I’ll probably repeat it more than once) but I think 1 month is a nice starting point. I can celebrate that I got half way through (even though I’ve been told month 2 makes month 1 look easy :P)

Specific Long Term Goals:

  1. I want to feel confident in a bathing suit. I’d even like to shoot for feeling good in a bikini. I don’t want to look like a swim suit model, I just want to feel good.
  2. Be a size 8. Maybe even smaller (I am 5’3″ so a size or so smaller would look nice too. I’ll see how I feel once I accomplish a size 8 and if I want to maintain a size 8 or go for more)
  3. Be healthy and feel good. I don’t want to be achy after standing on my feet all day like I do now.

So tomorrow I will start my Insanity program (the FedEx website says it will be here TOMORROW! :D) I’m ready for it!

A Little About Me and My Goals

My name is Sam. I’m 21 years old. I’ve been overweight all my life. I’m finally ready to stop the half-hearted attempts at weight loss and get serious about my health. Not only do I want to like what I see when I look in the mirror, I want to know that I’ve done all I can to live a long, healthy, happy life. Today that journey to health and happiness begins.

I’m making this blog for no one but myself. I hope that regular updates of my progress can help keep me motivated in ways I’ve never been before. And one day I’ll be able to look back on this blog and be in awe of what I’ve done for myself. :)

I went to the grocery store this morning and bought food that complies with the Insanity meal plan. A lot of the recommended meals seem really quick and easy to make, which is good for someone like myself who isn’t much of a cook. The plan recommends 5 small meals a day. I’ll try my best to get 5 meals in, but some days with my work schedule I might have to make it 4. I’ll stick with roughly 1500 calories a day. I will drink only water and green tea.

As for working out, my main exercise will come from the Insanity DVDs. I might supplement with a walk or some Zumba every now and again… That is if I have the energy. Everyone I’ve spoken with who has done the Insanity workouts has told me that it will KICK MY BUTT harder than I thought possible. Well, I’m ready for it. Even if I have to take more breaks than the DVD gives, I will. If I have to modify some of the exercises, I will. I know my limits, and I intend to push them in a healthy way. The last thing I need is to be injured, which would be a major setback for me.

Tomorrow I’ll do a weigh in and take my measurements and post those numbers here (as scary as that is lol). I’ve been told with Insanity that I might not see many pounds lost, but I will see inches coming off. As long as I look and feel better, I’ll try not to let the number on the scale get me discouraged. I realize progress can be made without seeing the scale go down.

I know I can be successful if I really want it. The longer I wait to lose weight, the less time I have to be as happy and healthy as I can be. I’ve already wasted too much time being overweight, and I’m MORE than ready to get back on track so my young life can really being. With all that being said, good luck to me! Here’s to a new start. :)

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