Time for a reality check.

I haven’t lost any weight since before Thanksgiving. The trendline curve on my anal-retentive weight-loss graphs is starting to bow in the wrong direction, for the short term. Something needs to be done, and just complaining isn’t going to cut it.

I need some new, measurable short term goals.

And that means a starting point. Since my last officially blogged weigh-and-measure, the following measurements have changed:

Weight: 190.6 lbs (down 3.4 lbs in just over 6 months)
Chest (not bust): 35½” (down half an inch)
Hips: 46″ (down one inch)
Thigh: 25″ (down one inch)
Calf: 15.25″ (down 0.75 inches)

All other measurements have stayed the same. I’ve been flirting with the 180s since late summer, though — honestly, today probably wasn’t the best day for an official weigh-and-measure, due to monthly bloating. TMI? Perhaps. But that’s how I roll.

So, what’s my reasonable, measurable short-term goal, and how am I going to get there?

I’m going to shoot for a small and quite reasonable goal: 185 lbs by my birthday (April 22nd). Even if I only lose half a pound a week, I’ll get there. I can do that.

How will I do it? By drinking at least six glasses of water a day, eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, keeping up with my push-up program, and doing at least 60 minutes of cardio a week (not including lunch walks). I can do that, too.

I’m tired of being so down on myself. I’m ready to do it up right. I’ll feel so much better, physically and mentally, once I get back on track.

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