Well, it’s progress report time again!
Since mid-December 2008 when I started tracking until April 25, 2009…
Pounds lost: 9.6 pounds
Inches lost: 6 inches
Average BF%: 29.97% down to 28.16%*
BMI: 25.78 down to 24.13 (not that I put a whole lot of stock into BMI)
Pounds of fat: 45.0 down to 39.6 pounds
* used body measurements to calculate BF%. Three different calculation methods used and then averaged.
So – progress!
And I’ve been taking pictures each month, and am feeling just brave and plucky enough today to share some with the whole wide interwebs world…
These are snapshots in December:
Pudgy, out of shape, and absolutely screaming “we eat too much ice cream!”.
And now – just 4 months (and countless hours in the gym and doing cardio) later:
What I like about these shots? Progress. Certainly I’m not done (though I’m happy that the saddle bags that I’ve had hanging off my butt cheeks are close to gone!), but it does wonders for my state of mind to know that all this work is having an impact.
I remember taking those first set of pictures and just being so disappointed that I had let myself get that bad – it was only a year or so earlier than I had been in the best shape of my life. And more than anything, I wanted to – for once! – make a plan and stick to it. Taking the photographs has probably been one of the best motivators in terms of helping me commit to the plan. Nothing like undeniable proof that I needed to do something – FAST.
And – so it continues. I feel like eliminating most sugar from my diet has had a positive impact — the past two weeks have definitely seen noticeable improvements — and I’ll continue this past the 30 days, most likely. I also think that the weight training has been absolutely key in this process as well. With summer and softball and other activities, it’ll be harder to fit in, but I’m not willing to let it slide and possibly take steps backwards.
It was good timing for this – just today I’ve been totally craving my beloved Diet Pepsi. And pizza. And, if I’m doing all that, a little ice cream to top it off. But – I’ll be good now – I mean, I’ve posted pictures and everything. Gotta be accoutable, right?