Starting Over

I made a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight and get fit. I know, how original of me. I’ve tried before with plenty of success but I never got past a certain point, and over time I got heavier again. Because of delicious, delicious beer. We all have our downfalls.

In January I gave up beer and cut WAY back on dairy, even taking my coffee black. I also went outside EVERY day. Not exactly exercise, but moving a little and getting fresh air.

I lost ten pounds.

In February I got sick and it lasted weeks and I wasn’t moving as much. In March I had some beer. I gained about five of it back.

Last Tuesday evening I decided things HAD. TO. CHANGE.

On Wednesday morning a week ago I weighed myself and started counting calories and exercising for serious. And I set a goal, one that I think is reasonable if a little difficult: I will lose ten pounds by Sam’s third birthday, which is May 19th. (I asked Twitter if ten pounds in a month was reasonable, and most of the responses were favorable. One person said it was “insane” but we all know I’m crazy so that’s OK.)

Starting Weight


Starting Measurements

waist: 31
high bust: 36
bust: 38
belly button: 36
high hip: 40
hip: 42
thigh: 24
bicep: 12

(I didn’t think to take my measurements till Friday, and I’ll be honest: I’d already felt myself slim down a bit. Also, I had no idea what to measure! If I left anything off, let me know.)

I am seriously restricting calories. No dairy except for butter and yogurt in moderation, no sugar (a little honey or agave is fine) or simple carbs–actually, I’m not eating a lot of complex carbs either right now, but I expect that to change. The body needs grains, but mine needs to get used to small portions before I eat foods that both fill you up and make you feel hungry faster. I’m eating a TON of vegetables. I gave up coffee for Lent and haven’t taken it back up.

I’m going for a brisk walk every other day, pushing Sam in the jogging stroller. (Thank god he is still willing to ride occasionally. I don’t know how I’ll get any exercise if/when he starts refusing, because if he’s walking he stops every ten feet to look at something–which is charming and fine unless you’re trying to get a workout). On the alternate days I’ve been doing jumping jacks, crunches, and push-ups. I can’t do prone push-ups AT ALL so I do them at an incline, on the arm of an easy chair. I plan to add in leg lifts and some weights, and I’m thinking about hula hooping.

I took Sunday off deliberately. I still ate the same but I lazed around and it was marvelous. Yesterday was kind of a failure in the exercise department, but one off day isn’t too discouraging. Yet. I have been eating great without fail.

It’s been exactly one week. I have lost five pounds.

Today’s Weight


Today’s Measurements

waist: 30
high bust: 36
bust: 37
belly button: 33.5
high hip: 38
hip: 40
thigh: 24
bicep: 12

I think I can. I think I can.

13 thoughts on “Starting Over

  1. Anne

    April 22, 2009 at 8:52am

    YAY for you! Sounds like a totally reasonable, sensible way to do it :) The internets, or at least my part of it, are proud of you! (oh, and my part is jealous too :)

  2. kara marie

    April 22, 2009 at 8:56am

    You are Awesome! 5 lbs is a great start, especially after just one week!!

  3. Ellen B.

    April 22, 2009 at 10:58am

    I thought it was just the new lipstick I saw you wearing! Wow! Now I know. You’re lookin’ great!

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  4. Julia

    April 22, 2009 at 8:50pm

    You are so inspiring! I’m currently on the road and realizing that if I don’t gain any weight I’ll be amazed. So I sort of have a delayed start on my 10 pound reduction.

    Keep going you awesome woman!

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  5. Lori

    April 23, 2009 at 6:07am

    you know, i think it was tim ferris (?! – i have a bad memory) who wrote about severely restricting calories *but* having “normal” food and desserts on saturdays .. he said it allows you to keep losing weight without plateauing and without having your body go into PANIC DEFCON 5 mode (which is what always happens to me) .. the kind of thing that causes you go gain all the weight back as soon as you stop the severe restricting. i would provide a link, but i am disorganized.

    good luck!

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  6. Annika

    April 23, 2009 at 7:01am

    It seems more intuitive to me to gradually increase portion sizes, etc., after losing the weight. Not that I am opposed to treats (I am definitely pro-treat) but I think my body would freak the fuck out if I tried to eat a big meal OR dessert, let alone both.

  7. ~Sheryl

    April 23, 2009 at 8:19am

    You are doing great!! I think we all have to do what we feel works for our own body and mind. I found a site sparkpeople dot com, they have nutritional content of so many foods. I use it regularly to help me calculate where I am calorie wise. You can also track weight, exercise and measurements if you so desire. You should check it out.

    Yeay you!!

    ~Sheryl’s last blog post..A view from the inside…

  8. Annika

    April 23, 2009 at 8:23am

    I actually checked out SparkPeople yesterday and didn’t care for it, but I liked the idea and got some suggestions for alternatives. So far is my favorite.

  9. Kim

    April 23, 2009 at 11:15am

    Holy crap. Five pounds is one thing, but 2″??? Wow! I’m seriously in awe. Keep it up!

    I exercise for three reasons:
    1. It’s fun
    2. It’s a great stress reliever
    3. It lets me eat whatever I want in quantity.

    Personally, I think I’d have a hard time with extreme calorie restriction. Or rather, those around me would. I get extremely grumpy when I’m hungry. Also, exercise-wise, your body does need rest days to rebuild.

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