Don’t get me wrong. I’ve lost some weight since I started running in July 2009 – about 12 pounds. But it’s almost been a year. And I’ve been more active this year than I’ve been since, at least, college. Maybe high school.
And, yeah, yeah, yeah, part of it is that I gained muscle and lost inches. Whatever. No, I actually wish I would’ve taken my measurements when I started running. Since I still have 29 pounds to go, I am going to take them right now. Sit tight…
Okay, I’m back. Let it be known, they are:
Bust: None of your business.
Midway: 38-3/4″ (largest area between your hips and waist — for me this was the leftover baby tummy…don’t worry, you’ll SEE it below)
Left calf: 14-3/4″
Right calf: 14-3/4″
Right upper arm: 12″
Left upper arm: 12″
Have you taken your measurements before? In case you don’t know how (like me), here’s the link I used. And guess what else is going up on this post? A BEFORE picture. *gasp* Oh yeah. I’m doing it. If you would kindly wait for me again…I’ll be right back…
Hi. Still there? So, OMG, this is embarrassing, but here I am:
the funky hair shadow behind my head,
or the fact that I look like I’m being
booked in the county jail.)
Guess what?! The Summer of Weight Loss has officially begun! Are you in? If you are and haven’t told me already, please send me an e-mail (see address at the end).
I’m going to be challenging us each week (with your help; send me ideas for challenges)! This week: post your measurements and before picture like I did above, and your starting and goal weight if you like. Mine is 169 with a goal of 140.
Usually, I’ll post a challenge on Wednesday. Also, you need to pick a weigh-in day. Only weigh yourself once a week, and try to do it at the same time of day. I’ll be asking you all to e-mail me the results of your weekly weigh-in by 9 a.m. PST every Wednesday. I will list them in the Wednesday post along with a link to your blog.
This journey will end with summer on Wednesday, Sept. 22. It’ll be fun to see how we do! Also, use whatever safe method of weight loss you want for this (I’m using Weight Watchers because I’ve had success with it before, but that doesn’t mean you have to), and dudes are absolutely welcome to play along. Oh, and you do NOT have to have a blog to participate either, just e-mail me your name, etc.!
Remember to be careful if you are training for a race. You need to fuel your body correctly.
Okay, let’s review your assignment:
1. Pick a weigh-in day
2. E-mail me at kerrie (at) sanitydepartment (dot) com with your name, your goal weight and your starting weight (if you don’t want your starting weight published, just don’t send it to me, but send me your name/blog so I know who’s “officially” participating).
3. Post your starting weight (if you want) and your goal weight, measurements and your before picture on your own blog (I’m working on an official SOWL button…probably by next week or sooner, actually, because this is me we’re talking about and I will obsess about it till it’s done).
Don’t forget to visit each other’s blogs and share tips, etc.!
Jill at Run with Jill
Kadie at There She Runs
Talitha at Me & The Bug
LB at Muddy Runner
Shannon at It’s Trickey
Kelly at In a Field of Daffodils
TMB at Racing with Babes
Lorian at Running Guarantees Sanity
Kasey at Blonde Mom Runs
Kelly at 2010-Revived Runner
Tim at 26.2 Quest
Robyn at Ramblings of a Wannabe Writer and Runner
Jill E. at Running to Sanity
Lisa (aka Running Kiwi) at From Fat to Marathoner
Mel at 2nd Chances
Stephanie at Girls Just Wanna Go Run
Alma at The Average Woman’s Running Blog
Genesis at Eat Always, Sleep Seldomly, Run Whenevers
Steph at Steph’s 50 Marathon Challenge
Stacie at Impossible is Nothing
Me! It will have to be a winter of weight loss though ;)I need something to boost me to lose the last 10-15lb … I'll try and write up a post and take pictures sometime this weekend.
Woohoo! Thank God we don't have to post pictures in our swim suits!I'll take my picture sometime this weekend and post sometime soon too.I'm fixing to email ya my info!
Okay, you have the perfect before shots… they DO in fact look like mug shots, but then at the end you can get your hair & make up done, put on a nice colourful outfit & have fabulous after shots!! 🙂 I might have to follow suit and do mine after just having rolled out of bed… or maybe after a huge pasta dinner when I'm feeling nice & bloated. Hmmmm….
I think I would like to be in…I have all of my measurements, but I will have to take my before pic to post…I will send it all to you next week.
Count me in!! I'll try to set the timer for a before shot this AM while baby naps.You know, regardless of the mug shot theme, you look fabulous Kerrie 🙂
you are totally awesome. Love the: “bust: None of your business.” comment.Why the non-smile in the before photo!? 😉
hey me too please! ive already got pictures up on my blog and measurements too 🙂
I'll play 🙂 I need to get this extra weight off before Portland in October. I'll work on getting the pics and measurements.Awesome idea ~ Good Luck Girls!!!!
You could've at least smiled in those before pics haha. I'll have to measure this weekend. Scary, eesh!!
YAY!! You can totally do this Kerrie! 🙂 Good luck everyone!
I think I'm going to try this – it may be an utter fail since I haven't lost a pound since January.Love the “mug shot” face!
You all are going to do so great!!!
What a great idea! I'm in too. I'll post pictures and goal weight soon. Maybe this will jump start my blog…again.
i think i'll jump in too! hopefully this will help me get my butt in gear…it will probably take me a day or two to get my measurements/photos and email you, just fyi.
You have totally got this, and while I SO want to join, I'm definitely not ballsy enough to post anything on my blog about it… you are an inspiration, and I admire how brave you are for putting it all out there!!! Can't wait to cheer you on!!
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I just read about you challenge on Lindsay's blog….is it too late to join?I'll shoot over my info if not.Thanks!Jenn
GREAT idea.. Not sure I am ready to participate, but I will promote this on Tall Mom if you want 🙂
I'm in. I'm not so comfortable posting numbers but anything to get me motivated and keep me going. I posted a widget on my blog with my progress. I'll work on the measurement/before pictures tonight. I sent you an email today. All encouragement welcome!
I thought I should commenting on the challenge posts so you know when I blog about them! I finished this one on July 14th here 🙂
Dang…wish I'd visited your blog sooner! It's almost the end of your challenge. I started running in June, and am slowly working towards my goal. I'm running my first half in October. I live in SW Wa, and was pointed your direction by 5 Miles Past Empty…great blog!
Most people don't lose much weight running. I know I don't. One theory is that you spend a lot of time in heart rate zone 3, where you burn mostly sugar. This year I'm supplementing my running with lower heart rate, treadmill workouts to burn more fat. Three weeks in I'm down six pounds, which is typical of any weight loss plan. Time will tell if it is working.