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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!

Facing the Truth with a Before Photo

I now understand why taking a before photo is so important before a fitness endeavor.

The hardest thing to do for me on this Beachbody Challenge was taking my before photo. I have always hated to see myself in photos, so I was no pleased about having to take a before photo. There was also something about taking a photo of myself in the shape that I am in that knocked the discomfort level up a notch. I knew I had to take it, but I was fully clothed with no makeup in my t-shirt and sweatpants. I couldn’t do it so I had my husband do it for me. One front facing and another profile. I had to get the photos out of the camera to send to my coach Joy and when I saw it, it made me cringe. And because I had a wi-fi SD card in my camera that is set to automatically upload the photos I take (mostly of my children and people other than me) up to my Flickr album, I also had to go up to Flickr to delete those photos of myself I had unintentionally uploaded. In having to look at myself and the body I have in those moments, I had to face the truth about my reality.

After taking my initial two photos on February 1, I actually decided that I will take a few more of myself, this time in my undies today. I made sure that I am not uploading those ones that I took for myself using the self timer on my digital camera, but I am definitely keeping them on my computer. I am going to look at this every week to remind me. I need to face the truth and remember why I am working hard. Yes I am doing this for my family and myself, and I know that everyday having this visual reminder of my truth will make me stronger in my resolve.

Here are my measurements:

Date                 2/1/2012
Weight             145.2 lbs
Body Fat %      33.5%
Waist                36.5 in

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