Time To Breakout The Tape Measure

October 14, 2014 — That’s the last time I took my measurements. Ugh! I really need to work on doing this once a month. Heck, once a quarter would even be an improvement. While the wait was “worth” it, 7 months is still far too long between measurements. I really do believe the tape measure is a far superior tool than the scale in evaluating my weight loss efforts. But my actions tell a different tale.

Anyway, time for the awesome news: Since October I’ve lost 6.5 inches from my chest, arms, waist and hips.

May 1 2015 measurementsThat puts my total inches lost at 57.5 inches! Sweet! Read More


Shrinkage: I’ve Lost 9.5 Inches Since March!

I know I should take my measurements each month. But I have to admit I love the big dramatic drops when I wait 3-4 months before breaking out the measuring tape. I’ve lot 9.5 inches since mid March!

That’s the great news. The awesome news is that despite my 4-month plateau, my body was still changing for the better. The not so good news is that despite 2 years of building good, healthy habits, I allowed that blasted scale set the rules of engagement. During my plateau I paid too much attention to those stubborn scale readings. I know better than that…Ugh!

Lesson learned (again!). Time to move on and do better next time. Now, on to the numbers.

Dot’s Weight Loss Measurements

Date Chest Upper Arm Waist Hips Thigh
June 27, 2012 48″ 17″ 53″ 57″ 35″
March 8, 2013 46.5″ 16″ 47″ 53″ 29″
April 23, 2013 45″ 15.5″ 44″ 53″ 27″
Aug. 13, 2013 45″ 14.5″ 44″ 52″ 27″
Sept. 16, 2013 45″ 14.5″ 43″ 50.5″ 27″
Jan. 4, 2014 44″ 15″ 43.5″ 50″ 25″
March 11, 2014 42″ 14″ 42″ 49″ 27″
July 29, 2014 40.5″ 13″ 42″ 45.5″ 23.5″
Total Inches Lost 7.5″ 4″ 11″ 11.5″ 11.5″

I thought I saw my most dramatic changes these last few months in my hips and thighs. Turns out I was right. I lost 3.5 inches in both areas. I continue to lose fat in my chest and saw some movement in my arms too. Nothing happened with my waist these last few months.

Perhaps a 30-day core challenge is in my future!