Which month will be my last month in my less-than-ideal waist size jeans? May is almost gone, so probably not May. June? Maybe June.
For the past two years, I haven’t paid full price for a nice pair of jeans. Why? I’m not spending more than $100 on jeans that will be too big for me soon. Perhaps some perpetual optimism has been at work, because I haven’t dropped a size in those two years. I’ve just hovered in place.
Back in 2013, I went from a size 13 down to a size 6. At the beginning of the year, my weight was in the high 180s, maybe even 190. I didn’t go to a gym, or look at a scale in early 2013. By that August, I dropped to the mid-150s and started stepping on a scale daily.
How did I lose 30 pounds?
It’s a bit embarrassing to share that all it took was exercising for stress relief instead of drinking Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas and reducing portion sizes a bit. Instead of a medium white mocha with skim milk and less whip, I started ordering a small one with an extra shot of espresso and no whip. I started picking off excess bread from the tops of buns and on the edges of sandwiches. Really though, I’m convinced it was the elliptical and limiting Lime-A-Ritas to the weekend that sent most of those pounds packing.
There were other factors at work. I did leave a dead-end job with a toxic team and work that was well below my abilities for a sales position at a car dealership. Sure, there were some toxic personalities at the dealership, but in commissioned sales, I felt empowered and worked to my potential — my personal edge (in yoga-speak).
When I decided that I wanted to lose more weight, my fiance and I went Paleo. I dropped from the mid-150s to 160 pounds down to 145 pounds, give or take a few.
This past February and March, I was struggling to keep my weight below 148. In April, I started Precision Nutrition and have returned back to 145, give or take a pound.
Setting a date for reaching my ideal waist size:
I am 1.25 inches from what I think my personal, ideal waist size is: 26.5 inches. It’s a number I came to from the most trusted resource: the internet. Several articles from various resources tout that as the waist size to have, especially for my five foot six inch frame.
As of my last measurements, I have 1.25 inches to lose from my waist. That’s all! Maybe this will be my last month in my less-than-ideal waist size jeans!
After doing some more, quality internet research, it looks like 1 pound of weight loss equals about one quarter of an inch. I did also look at the two sets of measurements I’ve taken while following the Precision Nutrition program and those stats seem to correlate. I might be a mere five pounds from where I want my waist to be.
Maybe my goal should be a 26 inch waist, given life’s inevitable fluctuations. It’s a thought to consider. Just a thought.
Health over Inches
Overall health is more important than goal inches. Tomorrow I will meet with one of the personal trainers at the Rochester Athletic Club to get an In-Body Assessment. It’s been two years since my last one. I don’t expect that much has changed, yet I feel it’s best to know my numbers. Doing the assessment will tell me where my body fat percentage is at. After it, I should also know how far is too far to go.
Body image is a tricky thing. There are times that I feel as though I’m chunky and bloated. Then, I look at a picture and think, “Dang! My legs have come a long way. I like my shoulders. I should be happy with where I’m at!” That’s allowed, right? Being happy with where one is at?
I just realized that I have managed to avoid my own task. What day should I set for reaching my ideal waist size? To keep on with the idea that slow and steady wins the race, I think July 4th might be just right. It’s six weeks away. I’ve been averaging a pound per week and a quarter inch per pound, so it gives me one extra week should I need it. Besides, the 4th of July, is about more than independence. It’s about achievement too.
This post is part of a series inspired by Eat Pray Love.