I think I've finally been inspired to straighten up and get fully back on track. I did a post about my bat wings I think about a month and a half ago. Billie and I measured each other's arms with the cloth measuring tape in my sewing kit. I reported that they were 17" around. Yikes. Turns out our measurements weren't exactly accurate, because when we joined the new gym a couple of weeks later, they took ALL of our measurements and my arms were 17.5". Even worse.
They took our measurements again tonight because it's been a month and it was time for a progress report. I was not happy about this, lol. The truth is, when I first took the pic of the bat wings, I really and truly thought there was no hope. I was going to try and shrink them but they're so saggy and there's just so much loose skin that I really didn't think they'd shrink up any at all. But I was wrong....I've lost 1.5" off of them in a month's time!! My bat wings are 16" now!! Can you believe it???? Yeah I know....me neither...but I'm totally psyched about it!!! I don't see the difference just by looking at them...probably because they'll always look hideous to me....but when I've lost a total of 3" total then I'll post another progress pic. Maybe then we'll see a difference.
They only measured one arm, and one leg, I guess assuming that you lose the same amt on each limb, beings that you lift the same weight with each one. My total inches lost off of my body was only 5"....no big deal....but 1.5" of that was off a bat wing!!! For the last couple of weeks, I've been grabbing the 5 lb weights before I get on the treadmill and doing my 20 min walk with them at the end of my workout. Tonight I was so excited that there's actually hope for my arms, that I grabbed the 7.5 lb weights and hit the treadmill with those....the 10 lb's are still a little too much for me to do for 20 mins, but I'm working on it!!
Here's the total body rundown:
Hips: Start: 50.25" Today: 50" Lost: 1/4"
Thigh: 23" Today: 21.25 Lost: 1 3/4"
Bat Wing: 17.5" Today: 16" Lost: 1 1/2"
Chest: 45" Today: 44" Lost: 1"
Shoulders: 46" Today: 45.25" Lost: 3/4"
Calves: 16" Today: 16.5" Gained: 1/2"
Did you catch that last one??? My calves are getting BIGGER!!! This is a huge problem for me. The very first day I signed up with the personal trainer, I instructed him to NOT give me ANY exercises that target the calves. I told him I already have man calves, and I do NOT want them getting any bigger. And he hasn't given us any calf exercises. But I'm thinking the elliptical, the treadmill, and the outdoor hiking must be contributing to them getting larger and that totally stresses me out. Just so you will understand what I'm talking about, I hiked my pants legs up and stood on my tippy toes so I could flex them, and had Shane take a couple of pictures of them to show you:
These babies developed in high school when I used to take dance and they've always looked like this. Even at my highest weight of 340 lbs, my calves have always been solid muscle. It's hard for me to wear high heels and not feel self-conscious about them because they're so big. I've always been very feminine, but these boulders make me look like a guy that had a sex change or something. I really don't want them getting any bigger.....has anyone got any ideas on how to keep them from growing???? Please help me, lol.
I'll be back tomorrow to report my ridiculous gain on the scale, but it will probably be tomorrow night. I'm certainly not in any hurry. :)
Quote For the Day:
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." -Michael Jordan
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