I joined SparkPeople a few weeks ago. If you are nursing or pregnant you can’t join. But I wanted to join, so I lied about nursing. But I suppose it doesn’t matter, because I’m officially not breastfeeding now, anyways.
I filled in all my info and according to my BMI, I am “OBESE”. It was even colorful — I am in the red.
I never thought of myself as obese. I mean, I didn’t gain any weight other than in my tummy and face. I still have nice legs, my arms aren’t too bad (could use some toning), but I did gain about 3 inches in my waist from pregnancy.
Interestingly enough, I guess they (as in, the scientists) are implementing a new scale, which is supposedly more accurate than BMI. It’s called “BAI” (body – adiposity index). According to the BAI, I am “healthy” – woot! – but with the BMI, I am still obese. Whatever, I know I need to lose weight, but it’s nice that my height/weight/hip ratio is apparently healthy…..I just have a disproportionately small ass for my weight, I think.
Anyway, so since seeing that ugly, ugly, word, I have made a pact with myself. I will go back to what I was 2 years ago, at grad, a.k.a. the lowest weight I’d been since puberty. I don’t know what my measurements were, but I will use my grad dress as a guide.
I will blog my efforts. I’m not sure how often yet…..maybe I’ll do it every week. Stay tuned. 🙂
Monday April 11, 2011:
Weight – 235 lbs (according to my bathroom scale….I know that it is 10 lbs heavier than reality, but for the sake of argument I’ll go by what that scale says.)
Measurements (inches) –
Waist – 42.5
Hips – 45
Upper thigh -> (left) – 27 ; (right) – 28
Upper arm -> (left) – 14 ; (right) – 14
Weight – 170 lbs
Measurements – not sure, fit into grad dress again.
– 60 lbs
– at least 4 inches off my waist (approximately)
20 lbs – July 31, 2011 (14 weeks, 6 days)
40 lbs – October 31, 2011 (27 weeks)
60 lbs – January 31, 2011 (40 weeks, 1 day)
I’m not sure if these goals are acquirable, but it works out to about 1.5 lbs/week, which sounds reasonable. If someone can make an entire baby in 40 weeks, I figure that I should be able to lose my baby weight in that time (or at least most of it).
Plus that kind of makes it awesome….Noah will have a hot mama right around his first birthday.
It’s about time to start with that baby weight. Hell, “life weight”, or “freshman 15”, if I want to be really honest. I know that once I find the “sweet spot” — the perfect time in the day to work out — I’ll stick with it. I did it before. I have lost 15 lbs and 2 inches off my waist in 3 months, just with exercise, no dieting.
I think I will start with Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred”. It’s been sitting in my download folder for about a month now. I’ve heard good things about it, and it sounds like it could be just the thing to kick my “obese” ass into shape. I may start running again, but with snow on the ground, the last thing I want to do is break my ankle. A gym membership is not in the budget right now, so we’ll see where the 3DS gets me.
It is embarrassing to me, to be where I am…..the “I just had a baby” card is fast becoming old. I was about 190 at 9 weeks pregnant, so I had gained 20 lbs in less than a year. Thank you, college.
Now it’s time to get my ass in gear, and get back to where I was. I’m not sure if my hips will ever be the same, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
Overall, I am optimistic.
My goal for the rest of this week (until Friday) is to find a good time of day to workout.
Have you set weight loss goals for yourself? What was the best way for you to achieve those goals (workout/diet plans, etc)? Do you have any pointers? 🙂