I did not take my measurements before surgery. So for those of you just beginning any weight loss endeavour, I recommend it. My first recorded measurements post surgery were on June 22nd, 2009 (5 months post op, @ 254 pounds, and 73 pounds down.
So, June 22nd, 2009
Waist: 41 (smallest part)
Arms: 19.25 (6 inches above elbow)
Belly: 53 (2 inches below belly button)
As of today, June 30, 2011
I am 5'4" tall, and weighed in today at 172.4.
I actually do not like taking my measurements. They are more discouraging to me than the scale. The scale I can blame on things like muscle vs fat, water weight, salt.
The measurements are the measurements. For example, the last time I measured was Dec. 4, 2010. So, nearly 7 months...my measurements havent changed. EXCEPT, I have gained an inch in my arms and 2 inches in my belly.
mmmhmmm...whatchu think about that.
I am actually glad for the gain in my arms, bc I can say with certainty...that's muscle. The belly...I don't know. I did read that muscle takes up more room than fat, but I dont think that two inches below my belly button as any more muscular now than in December.
But here is something. Heather, miniature tone little Heather, let me take her measurements back in January. She is almost 5'4, and 124 pounds. In all of her measurements, with the exception of her belly, we are only about 2-3" different. Her belly is about 9" smaller than mine. But her waist is only 2 inches smaller. Funny huh? Funny because it tells you how different our shapes are. She is more like a pencil, and I am more like an hourglass. But also funny because I see her as so damn tiny. And she is. I have several pairs of shorts I wear at home that are Heathers. Now, she does like to wear her shorts baggy and roomy, and I wear my clothes a little more fitting...but whenever she tells me "try my pink shorts on" I am always braced for them not fitting.
And I am always shocked when they do.
Are mine are whack sometimes.
TGIT! One more day until Friday!