2/29: My Leap Day of Truth

First thing this morning I was up and went to meet my accountability coach to get my measurements. I had been so nervous the day before… I didn’t really know what to expect. I had measured myself on the scale a few weeks ago but not since then because I was frustrated by the zigzag pattern that I was seeing. It looked like two steps forward and one step back most of the time. Plus I was not really able to get on a scale at a consistent time since I don’t usually shower at consistent times. I just do it when my schedule with the baby allows and that in itself felt like an accomplishment!

I nearly had to do a double take on the measurement results! I had lost 8 lbs in 29 days! I apparently lost nearly 4 percent body fat, 2 inches in my waist, 1 inch at the chest, and 1.5 inch at my hips. I hadn’t lost any inches in my arms, though, so that puzzled me. I worked consistently and didn’t cheat on my diet but I couldn’t really take in the results right away; it was better than I had expected and I didn’t really expect it because I hadn’t seen the difference when I looked in the mirror.

The confirmation that the results are real came from Glenda, who comes over one a month to help clean my house. I always look forward to her visit by today was doubly so because she told me upon seeing me that I looked thinner since she last saw me a month ago. This gave me the courage to put on my one size down jeans, and it did fit.

As a part of my fitness challenge I was to take another photo in addition to the measurements so I took another set of pictures with my trusty little digital camera. I must say that this is my ultimate test of truth and for it it showed that I still have more to do. It wiped away any urge to celebrate and I was more determined to focus on my goals.

I know that the progress next month might not be as good but I plan on more progress still for sure!

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