Weight Loss Journey 1:  Let’s Get Naked

Weight Loss Journey 1: Let’s Get Naked

**This post first appeared on SparkPeople on June 3, 2009**

It’s Tuesday-time to take my measurements again! I’ve decided to do this on a weekly basis to measure my progress. I’ve been (back) on SparkPeople for a week officially now, and I think the first week went pretty well! However, there has been NO change on the scale. Regardless, though, my clothes are fitting better, I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, and I find I’m better focused and more productive at work and at home.

Still, though, I’d really like some objective measures to chronicle my progress. I took my measurements today and compared them to last week. Half an inch here, an inch there–it added up to 9.5 inches! So I’m pretty excited about that. Having never used measurements as a tracking tool, I have no basis for comparison so I’m really not sure if that’s a good amount to have lost in a week or not. But, at least I know my body is changing and that there’s actual physical evidence of it.

I’m in the mood to be silly this evening, so I thought I would do something fun. Here are some other areas of change (on my body) I’ve noticed that really can’t be measured or are more observational. Some of them are just a little bit bizarre, but hey, I don’t make the rules. :-) I suppose this is me making a desperate attempt to focus on positive changes instead of being annoyed at the scale. Hopefully this doesn’t gross anyone out, I’m being completely transparent here…It would be interesting to hear about how changes other people have noticed in their bodies as well! :-) Imagine what it would be like to measure some of these things…

1. Area behind your ears–This is a weird one, but when I lost weight last fall I could feel the skin tightening behind my ears! It became more bony. There’s just no way to measure that, except by feeling it I guess.
2. Jawline–I guess you can see this in pictures, but it’s really quite subjective. One of my jaws is actually thinner than the other, although both seem to have gotten thinner over the past week. One of my cheekbones, too. Hopefully my face will become more symmetrical over time, haha. My neck feels longer and more elegant, too.
3. Shoulders–Recently there’s been a reappearance of my collarbones and where they attach to my shoulders. These bones have been “protected” by “body armor” for quite some time-I’m glad to have them back. :-) I guess you can see this one in pictures too, but other people probably don’t scrutinize every inch of my body the way that I do. :-)
4. Wrists and Hands-My wrists have pretty much stayed the same size, but there’s more definition in the muscles and bones of my hands. My fingers are thinner, and I can more clearly see and feel the blood vessels and tendons under the skin on the back of my hands and on the inside of my wrists.
5. Elbows–My elbows are getting bonier; I can see it in the mirror and feel this as well.
6. Flabbiness of the arms–This is another weird one. You know that part of your upper arm that continues waving at people even when you’ve stopped moving your arm? That part of my arm is…looser. I’m not sure quite how to describe it but it just feels like there’s not as many fat cells crammed in there. The bad thing is, it waves more easily, lol. That’s kinda gross. Sorry.
7. Protuberance of bony prominences-What? By this I mean how much I can see of some of my bones, lol. Of course, it’s not good to look like a walking skeleton, but I don’t want to be a big ball of flub either. My ribs are no longer “hiding” anymore; I can see their outline in the mirror. Also, I can feel my hip bones when I’m in bed lying on my back and/or on my side, much more easily than before.
8. Back fat-Yep, you know what I mean. My core is just a little less, um, lumpy. I have a navel ring; it doesn’t get lost in a belly roll when I sit down anymore.
9. A little less jiggle-my body just feels a little bit firmer all over. More sleek, more athletic. I feel like I have better posture and that it takes less effort to move, even just to change positions or shift in a chair. When I walk I feel like my whole body is moving at one time; in the past I’ve sometimes felt like I lead with my upper body and that it takes a Parking Lot Shadow - by Bridgetsecond or so for my lower body to catch up.

I’m being very real here, I know we all have idiosyncrasies we notice about our own bodies. It amuses me that you can’t really pick what part of yourself changes first, but I’m excited to watch the transformation happen.

So, like, I said, no change on the scale but lots of other changes. Small changes…but they add up over time. Also, if I notice even one tiny little thing that’s changed as a result of the things I’ve done so far, it will keep me motivated. I’m excited about bigger and more noticeable changes, but overall I really just want to be healthy. I’m probably focusing too much on the external changes, but those are the ones that are easier to measure. I will continue to chronicle all of the (positive) changes I’m experiencing.

I hope you’re also enjoying your journey! Stay motivated and focus on the you you want to be! You can achieve it!


Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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