Today marks the first day of a new challenge.  A friend and I have committed to staying dedicated and really making this a year of being healthy.  Overall.  Not just a year of losing weight.  We are at different points in our journey, but they are equally important.  And we need each other, which is always helpful to me.  I had a goal last year of getting in the best shape of my life and having the most fit body possible.  I just totally let my loose skin drag me down and it was all I could focus on.  I lost the motivation because my body couldn’t reach that level of perfection I desired.

This year will be different.  I feel like it was such a gift that I put this weight back on and I’m thankful that I’ll be able to lose it again.  There is something so satisfying about seeing the changes, and I’m excited to see it all over again.  But this time I will break through that 130 barrier and realize my goals.  Mostly because I will have a different mindset that will appreciate my body at every bend.

I turn 30 this year so that’s already exciting.  Ironically, my friend and I share a birthday, so we’ll be ringing in 30 together!  And we are dedicated to making this our best year yet!  We are already making plans to reward ourselves with a birthday trip!  I’m super excited Becky – thank you for all of your support thus far and I can’t wait to help each other achieve our dreams!

So to mark the day and be able to really see my progress this year, I measured myself today and took pictures.  I plan to measure once a month – not sure how often I’ll be taking pictures.  I really want to encourage anyone reading to take pictures!  That is my one regret with this journey…I have no great full-body shots of myself at the beginning.  So just do it!

Okay, so here is where I’m at today – January 3, 2012:

146.8 pounds
Bust 38
Waist 30
Hips 38.5
Upper Arms 12.5 (flexing), 11.75 (not flexing & down)
Forearms 8.75
Thighs 24
Calves 15.25

I’m going to post these pictures and I have to tell you that it takes a LOT of courage to do this.  You can see my stomach and it isn’t pretty.  I intentionally left the extra skin/fat on my lower stomach out of my underwear (not how I normally wear them!) so it all shows.  But I’m doing it because I finally want to show myself that I am no longer ashamed of my body.  I worked really freaking hard to have THIS body.  It’s got a lot of issues.  A lot.  But I’m excited to compare these pictures to the ones I’ll take as the year progresses.  It’s gonna be great!

Here goes nothing!


  1. says

    I can totally understand the courage it takes to post these, I have thought about sharing mine too, but haven’t gotten there yet. Its frustrating for me, as I think you have mentioned before… people see what I look like in my clothes and don’t understand why I struggle with the mess my body is now.

  2. says

    Sounds like we are definitely dealing with the same things! By putting myself out here, I feel less like a fraud if that makes sense. And not only that, I’m learning to appreciate my body more. We should be PROUD of our bodies. You’ll get there!!