I couldn’t believe the difference! I went back to a website that I use now and then to help me calculate calories, exercise and such. It’s great if you’re looking for such. www.myfitnesspal.com – After training and running/walking in the April half marathon and then the training for the October half marathon I was feeling like there is no hope in losing a great deal of weight any more. I always seem to lose 5 pounds and then slowly gain it back through out the training. I know muscle weighs more and such but I don’t see a drastic difference in my clothes either. Recently I checked my measurements – didn’t see anything moving there either. I couldn’t find the measurements I took a few months back but felt they were the same. Then this morning I found those I took 1 year ago and logged in the myfitnesspal.com site, and saw that my waist has shrunk 5 inches since October 2010.
I couldn’t believe my eyes! My neck is 1/2 inch smaller but hips were the same. Wow – 5 inches! I’ll take it. This caused me to dig up other measurements taken in past. Here’s some from 2008:
Between 2007 and 2010, I slowly gained 20 pounds and gained several inches – especially around middle. Menopause plays a big part in weight gain for women in 40’s/50’s but while it’s harder to stay in shape, it isn’t impossible. I am not exactly sure why my hips stayed the same though. However, Thighs also are much smaller – I measured today – 20″ and in 2008 – 24″. The best I have ever been and my goal.
|Oct-10||Jul-08||Sep-11||Best||Goal||Yet to Lose|
I need to lose more in my hips to get back into some of my clothes that I have grown out of. I’m getting there though.
Also, I seem to deal with stress so much better with increased activity. If you struggle with depression – get out and walk or run. Studies now show that it has the same impact as an anti-depressant. Also, even though I am plugged into my Ipod I use that time for prayer too.
Get out and walk or run for 30 minutes to an hour each day…you’ll be glad you did – I know I am.
Have a great day!